STC Carolina FAQs
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What is STC Carolina?The Society for Technical Communication is the premiere organization for technical communication. With 6,000 members in 50 countries, STC has over 60 local communities that serve the needs of technical communicators in their respective regions. STC Carolina is one of those communities and serves central and eastern North Carolina and the foothills of South Carolina.
What is technical communication?Technical communication is a broad, interdisciplinary field of study that has applications in virtually every discipline. Technical writing, copy editing, document design, medical writing, financial writing, user experience evaluation, interface design, publishing, and science communication are just some of the many things technical communicators do. STC members explore how their peers communicate this complex information, and learn new skills and strategies to better meet the needs of their users and readers.
Career / Jobs
I’m looking for a job or trying to break into technical communication. How can STC Carolina help me?STC Carolina offers industry education, networking opportunities, and career services for STC members and students in central North and South Carolina. Download our brochure for more information about our services. Also take a look at our Become A Technical Communicator page.
Where can I find local job listings?In addition to the usual search engines (Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc.), STC Carolina has an employment network where local jobs are posted. You can also add your resume and contact information if you want to be contacted by recruiters and hiring managers. Visit http://employment.stc-carolina.org to learn more.
What Triangle employers hire technical communicators?Many technical communicators in the Triangle work for firms that develop computer hardware or software, including IBM, SAS, Red Hat, Cisco Systems, Citrix, and many others. Technical communicators also work for government agencies with offices in the Triangle and companies that support them, such as RTI International and many smaller companies.
What contract agencies hire technical writers?Local recruiting firms like TEKsystems, The Select Group, Veredus Systems, Computer Task Group, The Creative Group, TimelyText, and TPS, Inc. hire technical writers for short- and long-term contracts.
Education / Resources
Do you offer tools training?Yes! One of STC’s main objectives is to provide learning opportunities in many formats. We aim to provide training in tools that are in demand in the industry and plan these workshops according to feedback from members. For example, we have offered DITA training the last few years and are considering offering training in MadCap Flare or Adobe FrameMaker in 2017. Please contact us for more information or to suggest topics for future training.
I’m looking for a mentor. How do I get started?Visit our mentoring database at http://mentoring.stc-carolina.org/.
Do you offer scholarships to students?Yes! Check our our Scholarship page for more information. We also offer hardship scholarships to our various workshops. Contact president at stc-carolina.org for more information.
What Collegiate or Certificate Programs are available to further my education?Several universities in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina offer graduate certificates or advanced degrees in technical communication:
- East Carolina University Technical and Professional Communication Master’s Degree or Certificate
- NC State Master of Science in Technical Communication
- Duke Technical Communication Certificate
- UNC: http://matc.jomc.unc.edu/ (AND) http://mj.unc.edu/academics/graduate-studies/certificate-technology-and-communication-0
Does STC offer professional certification?Yes! Learn more at: https://www.stc.org/certification/
What kinds of events do you offer?We hold monthly chapter meetings featuring presentations on topics of interest to technical communicators. Speakers at recent meetings have discussed job search strategies, training trends, accessibility, and software user assistance. We also offer tools training workshops, socials, a banquet in the spring, and career/resume workshops.
Our annual competition provides entrants an opportunity to get expert feedback on their technical communications products and judges an opportunity to see different kinds of documents and hone their editing and critical reading skills. All of our events are open to both STC members and nonmembers.
Where can I find out about upcoming events?Check out the calendar on our homepage for upcoming events. Also be sure to sign up for our announcements. We also announce events on our Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and on Twitter.
How much do events usually cost?Monthly chapter meetings are free for members and students. Non-members pay $5, which also includes dinner. Other events such as training workshops, career days, and socials vary in cost, but we work hard to keep prices low.
Where are events located?We host events at venues throughout the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville, and Cary). Most monthly chapter meetings are held at TEKSystems, located in west Raleigh near the PNC Center.
I don’t live in the Triangle area. Can I still come to events?Yes! Our monthly chapter meetings offer a free virtual attendance option.
Who do I contact to present at one of your meetings?Please contact our Programs Manager at programs at stc-carolina.org.
Membership / Getting Involved
What volunteering opportunities are available?Visit our volunteer opportunities page to see the various options for getting involved.
How much is membership?Rates vary depending on which package you are looking for. STC also offers steeply discounted rates for students. Learn more at: https://www.stc.org/membership/
Note: These rates are for a full year. If you join in the middle of the year, membership rates may be lower.
Can I be part of STC Carolina without joining the national organization?Yes! You can become a Friend of the Chapter, which allows you to come to chapter meetings for free and get discounts on other events.
If your membership question was not answered here, check out STC’s FAQs.