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Words, Ink

1005 Yuba Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: 530-355-1547
Fax: 530-241-9221
E-mail: christina@words-ink.com


Christina J. Cicero MLS, CT


Education and Training

MLS University of Oklahoma with a specialization in Thanatology (study of Death and Dying)
BLS University of Oklahoma with a major in Social Sciences
AS  Northern Virginia Community College with a major in Education (Summa Cum Laude)
Certificate Denver University Publishing Institute graduate program (1997)

Proficiency in American Sign Language
Cued speech (certified instructor)

Publishing Experience

Words, Ink - Redding, California and www.words-ink.com

September, 1996 - Present -  Sole Proprietor, provide writing, literary agency, and editorial services to authors, local businesses, and publishers, freelance editor, publicist, and writer.

CT Publishing Co. -  Redding, California

February, 1996 - September, 1996 - Director, Partnership Publishing, co-created the Partnership Publishing Department, met with authors to determine appropriate publishing programs, edited authors’ works (copyedit or content/creative edit), handled marketing and promotional aspects of client contracts, wrote in-house reviews, proofread, and performed various marketing and promotional activities.

CRC Press, Inc. -  Boca Raton, Florida

October, 1984 - April, 1990 - Marketing Representative/Free Lance Copywriter, developed individualized market programs for various products, analyzed potential markets, sales histories, and customer reactions to a variety of products, represented CRC at professional conventions, shows, meetings, designed and implemented telemarketing campaigns, compiled and produced bi-monthly customer newsletter, created copy, letters, forms, systems as needed, and wrote abstracts of forthcoming titles for advertising, letters for direct mail marketing campaigns, advertising copy for book backs, press releases for product/events.

Academic Experience

Shasta Community College - Redding, California

January, 2003 - present - Instructor/Part-Time teaching courses in Proofreading and Office Procedures

March, 1998  - June 2001 - Work Experience Coordinator and Job Developer,

August, 1990 - June, 1994 - Community Education Coordinator, determined community needs; developed and designed appropriate classes/events, identified potential instructors; hired, evaluated and supported same, coordinated the scheduling of classes, on- and off-campus facility use, created and managed effective publicity campaigns, including schedule of classes, press releases, public service announcements, brochures and flyers and maintained, evaluated and improved upon distribution of same.

Broward Community College - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

September, 1980 - July, 1981 - Work Experience Advisor, coordinated the Educational Incentive & Work    Experience Program at the campus level, including administrative aspects, coordinated student academic majors and work sites, involved in academic advisement; personal, academic and work-related counseling; registration and financial aid processes, conducted orientation sessions for new program participants, instructed Survival Skills Seminars covering time management, study skills, job seeking skills, resume-writing and interviewing techniques, conducted follow-up surveys on previous students and compiled statistics on all participants, and developed potential unsubsidized jobs within the community surrounding the campus.

Northern Virginia Community College -  Alexandria, Virginia

April, 1973  - February, 1979 - Counseling Assistant/Office Manager, trained volunteer counselors in micro-counseling skills for the Women's Center, trained professional library staff in micro-counseling skills, interviewed, screened, and referred applicants for school and career-related job placement, provided academic and personal counseling to students on a walk-in basis, interpreted for deaf students in classes, facilitated ten-week Values Clarification credit courses, designed, implemented Values Clarification Workshop, assisted in Assertiveness Training and Career Exploration credit courses, trained, supervised and evaluated clerical personnel; organized and coordinated schedules, and provided academic advisement regarding degree programs and requirements, registration information and procedures, transfer credit to and from the college.

Social Service / Counseling Experience

Yuba House - Redding, California

April, 2005 - present -Death and dying counseling

Center For Counseling Services - Boca Raton, Florida

September, 1983 - April, 1990 - Death & Dying Counselor (part-time), provided counseling to individuals dealing with issues of death and dying.

United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County, Inc. - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

August, 1981 - June, 1982 - Adult Services Coordinator, coordinated UCP adult client program: daily program, residential projects, transportation, and personnel, researched, developed, implemented new phases of adult program (vocational, human sexuality, physical education, leisure activities, daily living skills), maintained final responsibility for Individual Program Plans, client and employee records, reports, and state standards and requirements, advertised positions,  interviewed, hired and terminated employees as appropriate, supervised professional staff academic and vocational teachers, social worker, vocational developer, residential coordinator, supervised non-professional staff: program aides, drivers, coordinated professional consultants providing support services: speech therapist, poetry therapist, art instructor, psychologist, served as liaison to Broward County School Board, HRS, various social service and other community agencies, and participated in fund raising activities such as annual televised Cerebral Palsy Telethon.

Broward Association for Retarded Citizens/Sundial Workshop & Training Center - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

June, 1979 - July, 1980 - Rehabilitation Counselor, assessed vocational interests/needs of adult mentally retarded clients, participated in clients' Individual Program Planning staffings, contributing rehabilitation input, made contacts with area employers regarding job development, taught Job Seeking Skills class; played major role in curriculum development, assisted clients in locating and maintaining competitive employment, provided follow-up counseling with clients, employers and clients' families, established Job Readiness and Placement Department in conjunction with other professional staff, met weekly with deaf client for the purpose of advancing her communication skills.

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