BOGO Special – STC Student Membership

Hurry!!  For a limited time, you can join STC as a Student Member at the very low rate of just $52.50 . . . and
Student members . . . invite a fellow student to join STC for free! That’s just $26.25 per person!

Simply complete this form, and return it to STC by Friday, 21 July 2017! Plus, when you purchase a Student Membership, you save 30% on your dues! The discount is reflected in the current student rate posted online and on the application form.

Why Join? – As a student member, you receive membership to one student chapter; one professional chapter, the Academic Special Interest Group (SIG), and one additional SIG, as well as:

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 703-522-4114

Sign Up for Discounted Courses: University of Delaware

The University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) is offering reduced price courses for STC-PMC members.
A broad range of professional and degree based courses are available online or on-campus, and topics range from healthcare to business to project management certification.

UD PCS continuing education courses help learners of all ages improve their skill sets. Use your spare time to change the direction of your career, one course at a time.

The programs are award-winning. For example, the Social media marketing Strategy certificate was the 2016 recipient of the national outstanding program award for a noncredit program from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

The Project Management Certificate enables those who complete the course to manage any project, large or small. The powerful and versatile tools of project management are transferable to any work environment to manage any project.

To encourage participation from the STC-PMC community, STC-PMC members are offered the courses at discounted rates.

For details about UD PCS programs, go to http://www.pcs.udel.edu/ or :[email protected], or call 302-831-7600.

Student Testimonial: Sara Yacoubian

Sara Yacoubian (Drexel senior, BA/MA Technical and Science Communication) provides some insights on the value of an STC student membership.

  1. How has STC membership benefited you?

My STC membership, two years running now, has continued to keep me in the know about the technical communication job market and developing technologies related to the field. Without STC, it is very difficult to see technical com outside of the scope of academia, despite the fact that I will be graduating soon and will need a job. It is often very difficult for students to meet other technical communicators outside of their professors, and even more challenging to keep up with those outside of their schools or own workplace. I am no exception to this; STC has kept my network of professional contacts alive and well, and it gives a nice preview of what life as a technical writer will be like after college.

  1.       What was your favorite STC meeting?

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mid-Atlantic conference that we hosted in Willow Grove last year. It was very refreshing to see different perspectives of the presenters who came, and being able to choose which seminars I attended kept things interesting. I went to a few that were outside of my area of expertise (and interest), and they proved to be extremely rewarding and informative. There was also plenty of time to mingle with people who do not often attend PMC’s events, which was another unexpected benefit.

  1.       What advice would you give to another student looking into techcomm?

Techcomm is not just instructional documentation; there are many facets to the practice as a whole, and it can be useful for job descriptions besides “technical writer.” Academia makes it sound like that’s all one can do with the degree, but not so. There are plenty of other opportunities to put communication skills to work, and many of them involve freelance work. There is a shortage of effective communicators, especially in tech, so there will always be different types of jobs available, even if one is not strictly a writer. For those who are concerned that techcomm isn’t “social” enough, there are some very team-oriented positions for the taking. Additionally, I have learned that the word “technical” can be more of an umbrella term – it can include science and legal writing as well, both of which are lucrative and interesting in their own ways. It just depends on how one applies their skill set.

  1.       What sort of career are you looking for after you graduate?

Software documentation is my first choice given my familiarity, but I’m also looking into medical writing and industrial documentation for clean energy companies.

STC-PMC Membership Renewal Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our STC PMC raffle winners, Jessica Rineer and Laurie Marshall! They each won a $50 Amazon.com gift card. Anyone who renewed or joined before December 31 was automatically entered to win.

This drawing was held by STC PMC in a fair and unbiased manner, using RANDOM.ORG’s Third-Party Draw Service. To verify your entry was submitted into the drawing, enter your email address into the Did you win? box, and click Check.