The Florida Chapter of STC, in conjunction with UCF, is proud to announce its annual mentoring program, pairing veterans from the front lines of industry with talented technical communication students. The goal: to bridge the gap between industry and academe.
Please note that the STC-FTC Mentoring program will be fully virtual for the 2021-2022 program year.
Definition of Mentoring
Please take the time to review our definition of mentoring to understand what mentoring means to us.
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
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
Eligibility and Commitment
For details on eligibility and commitment, please click on the links below and read the following information.
If you have any questions or comments about the program, please feel free to contact the program coordinators.
The Florida Chapter of STC invites you to apply for the mentoring program below.
Following applications, the program coordinators and chapter president will establish mentor-mentee teams that provide an optimal match of goals, skills, and styles. Your program coordinator will email you your team information and invite you to the mentoring kickoff via email.
The mentor/mentee agreement form is designed to serve both as a preliminary outline of participant goals and as an icebreaker for a team’s first face-to-face meeting.
- Download the Mentor–Mentee Agreement Form and bring it to the kick-off meeting.
- You will be introduced to your mentor at the kick-off meeting. With your mentor, set your objectives for your mentoring relationship and plan some activities that will help you achieve those objectives.
- At the meeting, work together to complete each section of the Mentor-Mentee Agreement form.
- Afterward, scan and save the form as “mentorname-menteenameAgreement.pdf”
- Email form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invest in the Future: Sponsor Your Own STC Community’s Student Mentoring Program!
- Click here for a print-ready PDF (5.97MB) of the comprehensive reference guide on student mentoring programs that was distributed during the Leadership Program at the 60th international STC conference in Atlanta, May 5–8, 2013.
- For the editable source files for the materials in the reference guide, contact the program coordinators at the Florida STC Chapter Education Committee. This will save you time by not having to reinvent the wheel when it comes to program guidelines, administrative forms, etc.
- If you are a member of an STC geographic community or SIG interested in sponsoring a student mentoring program, use the same contact.
- For a comprehensive overview of STC’s student mentoring initiative, see this article in the newsletter of the October 2013 STC-India conference.
Mentoring Program History
From its inception in the 2003-2004 chapter year through the 2019-2020 program, this pacesetting initiative has included 154 mentor/mentee partnerships. Here is a comprehensive list of the mentors and mentees, as well as the student and professional program coordinators, the 20 FTC presidents, and the longstanding FTC faculty advisor, Dr. J.D. Applen, who together have made this program the remarkable success it has been.