Learning is a lifelong experience. In technical communication, it seems to be a career-long obligation. Good thing that it’s fun to learn.
These days, ongoing education is a form of insurance. It might help you keep your job. Of course all the degrees, certificates, seminars, and study in the world won’t help much when your company decides some dude in Bangalore should do the work at 1/10 of your salary.
Well, so what. Knowledge is good. Skills are good. Education will prepare you for the job you will get after your last job went to India.
Chapter Learning Opportunities
Learning at Meetings
Our most successful general meeting are those where we learn about new tools and techniques. Many exciting programs are planned for 2012.
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841
Technical writing courses in the English department, various application courses from the Computer Information Sciences program (including FrameMaker, PageMaker, web design, PowerPoint, etc.), and courses in digital design and tools like Adobe PhotoShop from the Art New Media department.
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
Various courses through English and Technology curricula.
University of California, Davis – UC Davis Extension
1333 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA 95616-4852
Certificate program in Web Site Design, Project Management, Business Administration, Marketing and Public Relations, and Accounting. Courses in Business and Information Technology Skills, Information Systems Development, Internet Programming and Technology, and many other business management and leadership courses
Does not qualify participants for Student Membership in STC. However, the program offers a 10% discount on Information Technology and marketing/public relations courses for STC members
*Courses and associated curricula may change without notice. Please visit the web site or contact the school for appropriate guidance.
Training Providers – Local
1510 Arden Way, Suite 303
Training in InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft programs
Infinite Solutions, Inc.
4020 El Camino Ave, Suite C3
Sacramento, CA 95821
Training Providers – Online
The HTML Writers’ Guild
Online classes in HTML and other Web-related topics at reasonable prices
Training Providers – Other
Courses in their particular brand of structured writing. Offered in San Francisco and occasionally Sacramento
Training & Consulting in writing, Web sites, and WinHelp. Certified RoboHELP trainer & consultant
Netwind Learning Center
Computer training classes and CD-ROM based training for A+, MCSE, Photoshop, Flash and more
Online classes for technical writers
STC, National’s Academic Information
Academic Programs Database, Dissertations Database, ITC Grants to High School Teachers, Scholarships, Sigma Tau Chi, and more
User Interface Engineering
800 Turnpike St., Suite 101
North Andover, Mass 01845
1-day courses offered in San Francisco area or onsite; also sponsors conferences
Company principal is usability expert Jared Spool
Conferences around the country; most notably the annual spring conference, described as “the premiere gathering for online Help developers.” Also several targeted conferences (eg., JavaHelp)