Release Date: October 20, 2017

Five Minute Update with MSTPC Graduate Kiana Wenzell

Kiana WenzellEducation: Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan 2015), Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2011)

Current Position: I am a project manager at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), an economic development organization that works to strengthen Detroit’s creative economy. DC3 provides services to creative businesses and designers and offers widespread opportunities to engage with Detroit’s creative sectors. DC3 is a partnership between Business Leaders for Michigan and College for Creative Studies.

I use the experience and skills gained in the MSTPC program to: produce community and corporate events, such as Drinks x Design and the Detroit Design Festival; create marketing and informational material; and track attendance and demographic information for grant writing and advocacy.

Why did you decide to enter the MSTPC program? I saw the need to bridge the gap between my visual and communication skills. In addition, Lawrence Tech has a distinguished reputation, and I wanted to align myself with the school's history and legacy. I knew going into the MSTPC program that I needed stronger technical and professional communication skills in order to advance my career as a designer, and that is why I have been successful. Technical writing and professional communication is broad; therefore, a potential student must know how he or she wants to apply the skills to his or her career. Decide how being a better communicator will add value to your life and career.

What courses influenced you beyond the classroom? Rhetoric and advanced interpersonal communication are two of the courses I enjoyed the most. Rhetoric opened my eyes to the power of nonverbal communication, especially in the media and politics.

At DC3, I work with people from various industries and backgrounds. Every day, I use the skills I learned in the interpersonal communication course to help me navigate through social structures and personalities within the workplace and beyond.

Publication design was another course I favored. Understanding the link between words and images in digital and print media was fascinating. This summer, I used the skills learned in that course to create an online and offline version of the Detroit Design Festival program guide.

What else should we know about you and what you are doing? I am passionate about life and what I do for a living. I love coffee, wine and going for walks with my husband and five-month-old daughter.

What's next?

  • - Follow me on social media Twitter & Instagram: @Kiana_DesignPro
  • - Join me at the next Drinks x Design event that I am producing on Thursday, October 12th at Davison Sewing from 5:30 PM - 8PM.
  • - RSVP: October Drinks x Design: Manufacturing
  • - For the month of November, I am producing Drinks x Design at the Henry Ford Museum to promote their new permanent exhibit Mathmatica. The event will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 PM - 8PM. More information will be posted on the Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s Facebook and Instagram page.

For more information about the Technical and Professional Communication program at Lawrence Technological University, please contact Holly Helterhoff at hhelterh1@ltu.edu, visit our website, and follow us on LinkedIn.

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