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The Write Practice

How composition skills are honed and why they count.

PEN AND PAPER. Of all of the tools in the Lyman-Morse boatyard in Thomaston, Maine, the job Andrew King faced during his summer co-op with the custom boat builder required the simplest on the shelf.

“I was assigned to write a project management training guide and service yard manual,” says King, an International Business and Logistics (IBL) major, “and, aside from some feedback from my boss, I managed most of it myself.”

The project was successful and became part of King’s IBL capstone project and presentation “that benefited tremendously from my improved writing skills developed through composition classes and support offered at MMA.”

While MMA graduates are renowned for engineering and technical expertise, the ability to write and communicate with “concision, clarity, and consistency is fundamental to every student’s ultimate success,” says Dean of Faculty Susan Loomis. “If you write well, it indicates you’re able to think well, a necessity in today’s workplace.”

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