The Foundation Series is an optional, preparatory set of workshops that meets before the official start of the RPIE term. In these workshops, participants strengthen the core skills necessary to succeed in the RPIE program, and build the communication and soft skills frequently highlighted by our industry partners. These courses also provide participants the chance to network with one another and practice formal and informal communication.
Dates and Times
The Foundation Series runs prior to the start of the RPIE term. For Fall 2021, the series begins September 7th, 2021 and runs through October 9th, 2021. All meetings take place online. Courses meet weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. A full schedule will be available soon.
The Foundation Series is organized into four subject tracks. Each workshop is open to all accepted RPIE participants.
Digital Literacy Fundamentals
- Computer Basics
- Microsoft Word
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Teams
- Keys to Public Speaking
- Working with Slide Decks
- Preparing Project Reports and Pitches
- Developing Technical Vocabulary
- Contemporary Issues in Engineering Reading and Discussion Group
- Informal Conversation and Discussion
Building the Job Portfolio
- Professional Communication
- Cover Letters
- Interview Basics