STC Regional Conference:

More Than Just Another Channel of Communication

Kristin Ruder

Technical communication students always wonder if their knowledge translates into the skills necessary for jobs in the real world. What constitutes the level of achievement necessary to land a job as an effective communicator? Moreover, what must they know, not only to land a job, but also to stay competitive in one of the fastest growing fields in the world?

As a fellow student STC member, I not only invite but also urge you to attend the upcoming 11th Annual STC Region 6 Conference, Channels of Communication: Sharing the Knowledge.

Prominent professionals will share a wealth of information. Scheduled conference presentations are listed below.

• Discover helpful formulas and tools applicable to any technical communication career.

• Examine growing fields and trends vital to work processes, and listen to case studies that may affect your career choices.

• Hear what other technical communication students study, and apply their findings to your performance.

• Identify the tools needed to become a member of your professional community when you enter the work place.

• Learn about trends in past and present color strategies and how color enhances communication.

• Practice online communication strategies delivered in professional contexts, sample situations, and exercises necessary to succeed in the new online working environment.

• Understand strategies that help meet customer requirements and support good business decisions.

In addition to the available sessions, you will meet your peers and make professional contacts that can last throughout your career. This conference points the way to unlimited career potential and provides an excellent channel in which to prepare for your future.

The Twin Cities Chapter hosts this year’s conference at the Hilton Minneapolis North on Sunday, September 30 through Tuesday, October 2, 2001. Student member registration fees are $80 for early bird (no later than August 30), $95 between August 31 and September 29, $120 the day of the conference, and $50 for one day. For other costs and additional conference information, visit the STC web site or go to If you have any questions, contact Mollye Barrett at 414-271-1144, ext. 24, or e-mail


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