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You’re already on Facebook, you’re tweeting, you just instagrammed your lunch–so why not learn how to use social media strategically and be an asset for your future employer? You will have an opportunity to do just that by taking COM*120 Social Media, a new course introduced to the College as part of the Center for New Media. So I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should totally sign up for this class for the summer or fall semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. Stand Out! Few community colleges and four year universities in the state are offering courses on social media. According to Dr. William Ward of Syracuse University, universities are failing at teaching social media. Yet, there’s a huge need in the marketplace for people who know how to use social media. Job postings requiring social media skills have risen over the past few years and companies are looking to fill these positions. Though college graduates these days are known as “social natives,” few have had proper training on using social media strategically. By taking Social Media, you’ll learn new skills to put on your resume to help set you apart. Besides learning about the major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc), you’ll also learn how to create content for these platforms.

2. Build Your Brand! When you apply for an internship or job, you will be facing fierce competition. And no matter what industry you want to work in, you will need to build your brand and show off the skills you have. Through this course, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to build your brand–your resume, your voice, and your online life. An important component of this course is learning to use social media professionally. Retweeting Jimmy Fallon’s (@jimmyfallon) latest tweet is great, but harnessing the power of social media has a greater payoff. Because what happens when a HR manager googles your name after you apply to your dream job or internship? Will they find a professional who knows how to use present themselves–or will they find your latest Facebook post bashing your boss or the Instagram of you at a party with your friends? Don’t worry! At the end of this course, you will end up a better of idea on how you will present yourself so HR managers will like what they see.

3. It’s Relevant! With social media, things are constantly changing down to the minute and have an effect on a plethora of industries! The topics covered in Social Media can be applied to almost any field that you want to work in. And no matter what your major is, this course can count as an elective. If you want to be a teacher, learn about new technology that you can incorporate in the classroom when you land your first teaching gig. If you’re a business major, learn what’s next in social media communications so you can use it when you enter the workforce (and impress your new boss!). Maybe you wind up as an environmental scientist. In that case, you can run your department’s blog on all the awesome things you do at work. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*120, 3 credits, Social Media
This course will introduce students to various forms of social media and how to use them strategically. Students will learn about leading social media platforms and tools, who uses them, and how they have transformed the way we interconnect and interact with the world, both personally and professionally. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge by participating on different social media platforms through interactive class projects. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.

Class Meeting Times
Online, CRN: 3199

Email Randi Plake at rplake@mxcc.edu to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.

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Randi Plake is the program assistant  for the Center for New Media. She is is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

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We are proud to present Career Connect, a series of educational videos on LinkedIn, geared towards today’s job seekers navigating this digital age.

With so many employers using it to find job candidates these days, LinkedIn’s social media network is fast becoming an essential part of any job search strategy. Want to learn more about this networking tool already being utilized by more than 300 million people? Our Career Connect video series provides tips on setting up your profile page, getting recommendations, and using LinkedIn to help showcase your workforce skills and experience. 

This video series was produced MxCC’s Corporate Media Center in collaboration with the CT Department of Labor. For the full list of videos in this series, click here.

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Maybe you’re about to graduate or have already, and the idea of finding the perfect job is overwhelming. Your professors will be a great networking resource for you, but there are a host of online tools and platforms that can help aid in the job selection process. Here is a breakdown of some of our favorites:

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We are proud to present Media Minute, a series of educational videos on social media, geared towards businesses that want to get started with social media.

In our third video, learn more about Twitter and how you can leverage your brand in 140 characters or less in this video produced by Middlesex Community College’s Center for New Media, your source for all things new media!

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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