What is 'Speech? (SPCH)'

Courses in this area focus on developing oral communication skills by studying communication theory and then practicing these vital skills.  Courses  include Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Argumentation and Debate.  At some colleges and universities, this area is referred to as Communication Studies, but traditionally, these skills were studied under the heading of Rhetoric.


Is it for you?

Any student who expects to interact with others in their educational, personal, or business life will benefit from these courses.  Oral communication skills are routinely listed by employers as one of their top requirements, across job fields and disciplines.  Our courses give students not only the opportunity to learn information about the skills employers demand, but also a non-threatening place to practice those skills.


Jobs and Salary expectations

Effective communication skills are vital to any job, but several jobs rely heavily on effective communication skills.  Those jobs include advertising, communication educator, electronic media/radio-television broadcasting, print or electronic journalism, public relations, and theatre and the performing and dramatic arts.  Salaries will vary widely in these fields, but one cannot put a price on effective communication skills – in any field.


Program Faculty

  • Georgia Culliver

  • Cindy Stover:  I started as an adjunct instructor in the ENGL department in 1993, becoming a full time instructor at MCC in 2001. I earned my Graduate and Undergraduate degrees at the University of Nebraska at Kearney . I enjoy teaching a  variety of classes found within the HUMS department, as well as my involvement in the Passport program and TRIO program here at MCC.  I believe the opportunities for students are endless;  you will find the curriculum challenging yet attainable, administered by professional educators who are committed to providing the best education possible for all students attending MCC.

    I look forward to meeting you in the classroom! 

  • Mary L. Umberger:  Ms. Umberger  has taught SPCH courses at MCC since 1993, and earned her M.A. and PH.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She enjoys teaching at MCC because of the diversity and enthusiasm of her students, the professionalism of her colleagues, and the added bonus that she learns interesting trivia from all the speeches in her classrooms.  Thanks to her students’ informative and entertaining speeches, she has stimulating cocktail conversations!

  • Jan Vierk: Ms. Vierk began teaching speech at the high school level a goodly number of years ago. Since that time, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She did adjunct teaching for Metropolitan Community College for several years before becoming a full-time instructor at the College. She enjoys teaching speech because getting up in front of people used to scare the be jeepers out of her until she got to the point where she loves performing in front of an audience, with public speaking being one outlet.  Her goal for each class she teaches is to help the students find more confidence in their public speaking voice.

Program Descriptions

  • While MCC doesn’t offer degrees or certificates in SPCH, we support many other programs at the College.  The course most required by other programs, certificates, or degrees at the college is our Public Speaking class, which is transferable to all area institutions.   All other SPCH courses are also transferable to area institutions. 

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