Join STC Florida for 2020

We would love to have you as a member of the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication this year! We look forward to an exciting year and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we offer. As STC Florida leaders, we have all enjoyed the opportunity to grow as a technical communicator and make connections with other people like you in the profession.

We typically hold monthly educational meetings on the third Thursday of each month that you can attend either face-to-face or virtually. All of these events benefit our community and promote a strong camaraderie among our members. You can view our upcoming events and additional resources here on our website. We want to make sure you are aware of all the Florida chapter membership benefits available:

  • Reduced educational program meeting fees ($6 for educational programs)
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Job listings
  • Networking with a variety of technical communicators
  • And more!

If you are joining or renewing, please select the Florida chapter as your community for all of these benefits.

When you are signing up or renewing your membership, make sure you scroll down and check the box for the Florida chapter! It will not be checked by default even if you are already a member.

By checking that box, you become a member of our chapter when you sign up or renew your membership.

New members will get 16 months of membership (the rest of 2019 and all of 2020) for the price of 12. We would be delighted to welcome an active, enthusiastic person like you to our chapter. We hope to speak with you at one of our meetings!

Your STC Florida Administrative Council

Join the STC Florida Mentoring Program Now

The Florida Chapter of STC, in conjunction with UCF, is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 annual mentoring program, pairing veterans from the front lines of industry with talented technical communication students.

Students and New Professionals

Join now as a student or new professional if you hope to:

  • Develop networks with professionals
  • Increase visibility
  • Receive career guidance and job search tips
  • Polish specialized skills
  • Enhance skills for career advancement

Experienced Professionals

If you are a tech comm veteran, we encourage you to join as a mentor to:

  • Gain personal satisfaction helping others reach their potential
  • Enhance coaching, feedback and leadership skills
  • Get help on projects
  • Gain exposure to new perspectives and new media
  • Expand professional networks

Application Forms

To apply, use the following application forms for mentor or mentee:

If you have any questions or comments about the program, please feel free to contact the program coordinators: Misty Arner and Amy Truong.

UCF Students: Apply Now for the Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship

UCF is now accepting applications for the Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship. Our Chapter of STC founded the Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor and preserve the memory of Melissa Pellegrin, a 1994 graduate of UCF and a member of the chapter. It is a great honor to be chosen for this scholarship, and I encourage everyone who is part of the UCF Tech Comm program to apply. The deadline is November 1 at 5:00pm.

You can find the application and all of the details on the College of Arts and Humanities site: Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship.

Student Members: Apply for the STC Scholarship

The STC Scholarship Committee is pleased to offer a $500 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year, to be awarded in February 2020 to assist students who are pursuing an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree or graduate certificate program in some aspect of technical communication.. They are accepting applications through November 30: STC Student Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for an STC scholarship if they meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary education.
  • Applicants must be working toward a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, or a graduate certificate in communication of information about technical subjects.
  • Applicants must have at least one full year of academic work remaining to complete their degree program, although under exceptional circumstances an award may be granted to a student for the final half-year.

Review the application instructions or contact the STC Scholarship Committee if you have questions about your program’s eligibility.

Vote this June for your STC Florida Officers

Your Nominating Committee is proud to announce the following slate of officers for the 2019-2020 chapter year:

President:  Debra Johnson
Secretary:  Crystal Brezina
Treasurer:  WC Wiese
Director-at-Large (Elect 3):  Karen Lane, David Coverston, Nick Ducharme

Elections will be held at our next chapter meeting on June 20 using the official ballot. This meeting also serves as our End of Year Banquet to celebrate. All are welcome to join, though only Florida chapter members can vote. You can download the official ballot ahead of time if you like. Members can submit ballots in three ways:

  1. You may bring the completed ballot to our June meeting
  2. Complete a ballot provided at the meeting
  3. Or submit your ballot by mail. If mailing, please protect your privacy using a double envelope – the sealed BLANK inside envelope protects voting privacy. Be sure your name and return address appear on the outer envelope. Mailed ballots must arrive by June 17. The chapter’s mailing address is Post Office Box 540444, Orlando, FL 32804-0444.

Be sure to congratulate this year’s nominees and thank them for their willingness to serve the chapter!

Meet Our May Presenter: STC President Ben Woelk

Join the Florida Chapter of STC on March 23, 2019 as we welcome Ben Woelk to share a bit of his journey as an introvert in leadership as he begins his year as President of the Society for Technical Communication: An Introvert’s Journey to STC Leadership.

Ben Woelk is the President of the Society for Technical Communication for 2019-2020. Ben is an introverted leader whose passion is mentoring and coaching introverted leaders. He’s had the opportunity to speak across the world about how others can become successful leaders by identifying and actualizing their introvert strengths. Those opportunities led to the creation of Introverted Leadership, a mentoring program that provides coaching services to empower prospective introverted leaders based on the unique abilities  their introverted nature provides.

Ben has been a Technical Communicator for more than 20 years. He’s helped manage a technical communications firm, consulted in communications and training to Fortune 500 companies, and is currently full-time staff and adjunct faculty in higher education. Ben has developed software and hardware documentation, documented processes for ISO 9001, developed and delivered instructor-led and web-based training, managed end user communications, designed processes, and written policies and procedures.

Ben has served as the Program Manager in the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he’s worked since 2004. He created a Digital Self Defense security awareness program that is respected across higher education, and manages policy development and adoption. Ben is an adjunct professor, teaching Computing Security and Technical Communication courses.

A Florida native, Ben began his studies at the University of Florida and did graduate work at Trinity International University, the University of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ben holds an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design. He’s also a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) (Foundation), an Approved Trainer for the CPTC, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Tech Comm Career Interest Assessment

The STC Florida Chapter is hosting a free workshop on Saturday, April 27 on the UCF campus (virtual attendance also available) from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm EST. Please RSVP for the Workshop: Visualizing Your Career in Tech Comm, and let us know if you are attending in-person or online so that we can get an accurate headcount.

We ask all attendees to please fill out the Tech Comm Career Interest Assessment, which will be driving discussion for a part of the workshop. We have created the assessment based on core competencies widely recognized in technical communication. At the workshop, we will share your personal results with you and discuss the current career paths and job postings in the state of Florida that align with your interests in technical communication.


STC Florida Wins Platinum!

For your ongoing development of volunteers and leaders, and your virtual programming and outreach.

The Florida Chapter is thrilled to announce that we that have earned the Platinum Community Achievement Award (CAA) from the Society for Technical Communication for our community’s activities in 2018!

Please join me in celebrating and also thanking our tireless CAA chair Crystal Brezina! And thank you all for being a part of what we accomplished together in 2018! It was a historic year for the chapter, and I know we are all looking forward to more in 2019.