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STC Web Seminars


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STC offers live web seminars. In a web seminar, participants listen to the presenter over the phone (much like a conference call) while viewing presentation materials through the website. This format provides easier access to materials for reference during the presentation, as well as a more intimate, "classroom" setting than the typical telephone seminar. Registrants are provided a secure URL and access to both the audio and online elements of the presentation.

To participate in a webinar, you must be able to access Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your connection. This is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities. If you cannot access Adobe Connect, then you will not be able to participate in a webinar.

Registered attendees will receive their unique webinar login instructions approximately two hours before the webinar is scheduled to begin. Please be on the lookout for these instructions at that time.

Note: Online registration closes three hours before each webinar.


No travel time
Pay per site and not per person
Train without leaving the office


Members $59 each
Not Yet Members $99 each
Student Member $29 each

Note: Cost is transferable but is not refundable. Registration closes two hours before each webinar.

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To Register: Go to the llive webinar registrations page. Once you're on the Event page for the webinar, click on the Register Myself button and then click Proceed to Checkout and purchase.

Topic-Based Writing: An Unexpected Journey

Phoebe Forio, Verint Systems, Inc. | Register for Webinar

Wednesday, 17 December | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Structured Authoring and Minimalism. Just what you need to get your content in shape and under control. But how do you get there from here? This webinar follows the adventures of one writer and her team of handpicked side-kicks as they planned and began their journey from the familiar, unstructured book formats of FrameMaker to the very unfamiliar world of topic-based writing, DITA, and XML. Attend this webinar to find out how creative problem-solving can help you get past the technical, political, logistical, and even emotional challenges and obstacles you can encounter even on a well-planned journey.

How to Write a Winning Project Proposal

Judith E. Shenouda, Owner, Shenouda Associates Inc. | Register for Webinar

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Changing the World—One Technical Writing Student at a Time

Brittany McCrigler, Director of Education Services, iFixit | Register for Webinar

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

An Introvert's Journey to Leadership

Ben Woelk, Rochester Institute of Technology | Register for Webinar

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Rapid Professional Video Creation with Adobe Captive 8

Anita Horsley, CALEX Learning Consultants, LLC | Register for Webinar

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Upcoming and Recorded Webinars

Look for more webinar offerings on the STC live web seminars page.

Look for recordings of past webinars on the STC recorded web seminars page. They are available for download for $39 for all STC members and $79 for non-members.

Once your payment is processed, go to the Member Home page on STC.org. From there, click on My Account History, and you will be able to access the link to the recording under the My Downloadables header. You will be able to access that link later, but we recommend bookmarking it or saving it somewhere also.

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STC Online Certificate Courses

Online Courses

STC offers multiple online courses where participants can earn a certificate of successful completion. The courses are generally divided into 90-minute sessions and presented live online over several weeks. Participants must log in for all sessions to earn the certificate.

To participate in an online course, you must be able to access Moodle, STC's virtual course management site, and Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your Adobe Connect connection. Adobe Connect is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities. If you cannot access Adobe Connect and/or Moodle, then you will not be able to successfully complete an online course.

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Each course is offered separately and includes five to eight sessions. To obtain a certificate of attendance, participants must log in for each of the sessions.


Members $595 each
Not Yet Members $995 each
Student Members $295 each
Note: Cost is transferable to another certificate course but is not refundable.

A discount is available for additional attendees from the same company. For these special prices, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Note: Online registration closes two business days before the first class in each course.

Technical Communication for Engineers

Leah Guren and Hillary Hart | Online Course

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13 January-17 March 2015 (Tuesdays) | 11:00 AM-12:150 PM EST (GMT-5, GMT-4 after
8 March)
For information about this course, see our earlier post about it http://events.stcwdc.org/2014/11/24/technical-communication-for-engineers/

Tech Comm 101

Leah Guren, Cow TC | Online Course

14 January-25 February 2015 (Wednesdays) | 12:00-1:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Technical communication is an exciting and challenging career that offers unlimited opportunity for professional development. But to succeed, it's not enough to learn a desktop publishing or Help Authoring Tool—you need to master the analysis process. This is a thinking person's dream career!

TechComm 101 is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. Each element of theory is presented with hands-on exercises, real-world examples, and plenty of discussion. The course is sure to leave you feeling enthusiastic and well-prepared to get started in the field.

Producing Effective Video Documentation

Matt Sullivan | Online Course

15 January-19 February 2015 (Thursdays) | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Matt Sullivan has provided a short video introduction at http://youtu.be/gmPUGFEDYD4.

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What does it mean to produce video documentation, anyway? What makes it effective? There are a number of tools, methods, and production techniques that make up the answer to that question. Depending on who has requested the video documentation, how will it be used, and the timeframe and expense to accomplish the project, you might be "asked" to produce the video using a video or webcam with QuickTime or other software; a tool for enhancing PowerPoint presentations like Adobe/Articulate Presenter products; screencasts or webinar recording software like Connect, WebEx, or GoToMeeting; interactive simulation software like Captivate; or working with interactive 3D.

This six-week course provides exposure to each of these methods, with best practices provided by Matt Sullivan, who teaches video techniques and technical communication online as a core part of his business. In addition to the topics listed above, you will learn proper techniques for audio recording and editing, video lighting, and publishing to a variety of servers and formats.

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Early Bird Registration Rate for the 2015 Summit

Banner for Summit 2015 registrationJoin STC at the premier conference for technical communication education and networking 21-24 June 2015 in Columbus, Ohio: the 2015 Summit!

Early Bird Registration Rate

Registration for this can’t-miss event is now open and STC is offering a special early bird registration rate of only $875 for STC members, $200 for student members, $575 for retired members, and $1,275 for nonmembers! Registration rates for all registration periods and for preconference course registration are given at http://summit.stc.org/conference/registration-rates/

Make your plans NOW to join your fellow technical communicators in June and take advantage of all that the Summit has to offer, including over 80 education sessions, three networking receptions, the Expo featuring the latest tech comm tools and technologies, and more! Visit summit.stc.org for more information on the Summit, hotel, and Columbus, and secure your spot by registering today!

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STC/IDDC Double Feature: Minimalism in TechComm

STC/IDDC Double Feature: Minimalism in TechComm

Join us on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
at Appian in Reston, 11955 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA on the 11th floor.
Register on the InfoDevDC Meetup site.

This month we have two distinguished speakers: Bernard Aschwanden and Ray Gallon. Both speakers will address minimalism in technical communication.

Bernard Aschwanden is the Vice President of the STC and a recognized expert in the field of technical communications. Bernard is the owner of Publishing Smarter. He has over 20 years of experience in training, documentation, and publishing.

Ray Gallon is past president of the STC France chapter, and has served two years on STC’s Community Affairs Committee (CAC), including one year as communications lead. He is a frequent speaker at events throughout the world, on technical communication and media subjects. Ray is the owner of Culturecom, a consultancy specializing in the marriage of user experience and user assistance.


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Upcoming Top Secret Job Fairs

TECHEXPO logoWe received a notice that TECHEXPO Top Secret is holding two hiring events in the DC area in December. Please share this invitation with your network of CI & full scope polygraph-tested colleagues.

Note: TECHEXPO is also holding a virtual IBM hiring event on 2 December. A Security Clearance is NOT REQUIRED to attend this show. Submit Your Resume By December 2.
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 – 10am -7pm
Location: Virtual Hiring Event IBMexpo.com, Washington, DC 20002

TECHEXPO Top Secret Polygraph Only Hiring Event – MD

Tues. December 9, 2014 • 10:00am – 3:00pm

BWI Marriott • 1743 West Nursery Road – Baltimore, MD 21090

Pre-Register: TechExpoUSA.com

TECHEXPO Top Secret Polygraph Only Hiring Event – VA

Thurs. December 11, 2014 • 10:00am – 3:00pm

The Sheraton Reston Hotel• 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Pre-Register: TechExpoUSA.com

Admission: An active TS/SCI with CI or Full Scope Polygraph issued by the US Federal Government or Military is REQUIRED to attend (or clearance last used within past 24 months.)

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments shall be served to all professionals interviewing at each event.

Interviewing in MD

Blackpoint Technologies, LLC

Bridges Consulting, Inc.



Exceptional Software Strategies Inc.


Hewlett Packard Co. / HP


L-3 National Security Solutions

Lockheed Martin

M.C. Dean, Inc.

Northrop Grumman


RTGX / Ross Technologies

Sabre Engineering

SAGE Management

Secure Technologies Group – Virtual Exhibitor


Wavefront Technologies, Inc.

and more!

Resume Review provided by Battlefield Resumes

Interviewing in VA


Evans & Chambers

Hewlett Packard Co.

Jacobs Federal Network Systems

L-3 National Security Solutions

LGS Innovations

Lockheed Martin

MDA Information Systems, Inc
Praescient Analytics

Schafer Corporation – Virtual Exhibitor


The Boeing Company

and more!

Resume Review provided by Expert Resume Solutions

Jordana Tesler
Marketing and Events Associate TECHEXPO / Cyber Security Summit
Phone: 212-655-4505 ext. 230 • Fax: 212-655-4501
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required • Web: techexpousa.com / cybersummitusa.com

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Preliminary Slate for 2015 Society Election

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The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Phylise Banner, Donn DeBoard, Marta Rauch and Andrea Wenger, and chair Aiessa Moyna) is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2015 Society election:



Bernard Aschwanden will automatically succeed from the office of Vice President

Vice President

Adriane Hunt
Christopher Ward


Jane Wilson

Director (two positions to be elected)

Craig Baehr
Cindy Pao
Lisa Pietrangeli
Kirk St. Amant
Kirsty Taylor

Nominating Committee (two positions to be elected)

Ramesh Aiyyangar
Cindy Currie Clifford
Viqui Dill
Rick Lippincott

Congratulations to the candidates, and thanks to all STC members who expressed interest in running for office.

Note that the preliminary slate was prepared in accordance with the current Society bylaws.

Nominations by Petition

The bylaws also provide for the nomination of candidates by petition of 10 percent of the voting members (see Article VIII, Section 2, Part D). Eligible individuals who seek nomination by petition must submit the required materials to the Society office by 16 December 2014. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for additional information on signature collection.

Final Slate

The final slate for the 2015 election then will be published and will include candidates appearing on the preliminary slate as well as any qualified individuals who are properly nominated by petition and approved by the Board of Directors.

The Society election is scheduled to open on 9 March and close on 20 March 2015. To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by 15 January 2015.

Detailed information about the candidates and access to an online forum for posing questions to the candidates will be provided soon.

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