Student Discount Registration Fees for STC Online Courses

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With many STC members and professionals in our wider community whose financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, we're offering the student discount rate of $295 for online courses to our members for our live programming through 31 December 2020. We hope this provides a small bit of positivity in these troubling times. You should receive the discount automatically when you register. If you have questions, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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If you are starting your career, thinking about a career change, or need to enhance your skills, here are courses to help you.

"Developing an In-house Style Guide", presented by Leah Guren, is a mini course on 2 and 9 September (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. Style guides are an essential part of any TC professional's tool kit. They can provide rationale for editorial choices and help resolve conflict. However, even the best general style guides cannot take the place of an in-house style guide, in which your company's specific issues and terminology are defined.

"Creating Design Solutions—Designing Artifacts for Society", presented by Adam Bradley, runs 4 September to. 16 October 2020 (Fridays) from 10:00 to 11:00 AM EDT. The learning activities include learning what design is and how to create problem statements to. capture found issues within society. We will also discuss ways of conducting ethnographic research and analyzing found data to brainstorm new concepts, to narrow down the focus of ideas, and to develop a persona of the target market. Find inspiration through mood boards, exploring concept themes, product exemplify word charts, journey maps, and data flow diagrams. We will. also cover graphic design concepts, basics of drawing, and creating renderings. We will create low-fidelity mockups, wireframes, sketches, and storyboards to test concepts and make rapid improvements. Lastly, we will learn to make high-fidelity prototypes and sale pitches/presentations.

"Introduction to the Field of TechComm: What Every New Professional Should Know", presented by Guiseppe Getto, runs 9 through 23 September 2020 (Wednesdays) from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon EDT. The course covers an overview of core skill sets, best practices, and more. If you're a writing- or communication-focused professional who likes to help people, you're in the right place. There's a place for you in TechComm!

"Technical Editing Foundations", presented by Li-At Rathbun, runs 30 September through 4 November (Wednesdays) from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT. In this 6-week course, you will learn what technical editors are and why they're needed, the "hard skills", "soft skills", how to identify passive voice and bloated sentences, what style guides are, how to mark-up text using proofreader marks, and more! The intended audience for this course is primarily technical editors who are new to the field and students who are considering entering the field. Seasoned technical editors who need a refresher or who never formally studied this topic may also benefit from this course.

"TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp", presented by Leah Guren, runs 1 October through 19 November 2020 (Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT. This. 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. It also gives 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.

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Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter Earns 2020 Platinum Award

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The Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter is very pleased to announce that we earned the Platinum level award for the 2020 STC Community Achievement Awards (CAA). The award is based on the activities and programs offered throughout the 2019 calendar year. The citation reads:

For your great programming, including the All-Star Professional TechComm Speaker Series, your efforts to engage students, and for your communication with your members through various social channels and the President's Message newsletter.

STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC)

Congratulations to the entire membership of the Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter, to our administrative council, and to our hard working volunteers!

The chapter thanks the STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee for the 2020 Platinum Community Achievement Award.

We Mourn the Passing of Austin T. Brown, Former STC and STC WDCB President

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Austin T. Brown

Austin Thomas Brown, past STC WDCB Chapter President (1981-1982), Director-Sponsor of STC’s Region 2 (1982-1986), STC President (1988-1989), and STC Fellow, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 at the age of 86.

In the 1990s, our chapter renamed its high school science writing contest to honor Austin, who had managed the contest for many years. The contest was first started in 1964 and provided an award and scholarship money to the top three winners of a competition open only to high school students in the Washington, DC area for the best technical papers. Austin joined STC in 1967 and took a special interest in the competition. We now call it Austin T. Brown Technical Communication Award, though is currently without a manager. We hope a new volunteer who is interested in managing a student competition will step up in the future. In lieu of this, the chapter began giving awards in 2009 for the best student entry in our Technical Communication Competition.

Not only did Austin provide exceptional leadership to STC and the Washington, DC-Baltimore chapter (then just the Washington, DC chapter) over many years, but his family named our chapter as the suggested recipient of financial donations in lieu of flowers in his obituary. Please read the obituary in his funeral program to learn about Austin’s illustrious career and fascinating life, and see several photos of him and his wonderful family.

We mourn the passing of Austin T. Brown and are thankful for his many contributions to our chapter and to the profession of technical communication.