HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday season. With 2015 now upon us, I hope all of you take advantage of the opportunities that are available through ADDA from certifications to the annual training conference.
TECON 2015 which is ADDA’s 56th conference, will be held in Kansas City, MO on the dates of 24-28 March 2015. It is an excellent opportunity for the professional drafter/designer, drafting instructor and student to receive training in areas like Sustainable Design, software updates and GD&T. The conference also provides the opportunity to network with others in the drafting/design profession. Check conference information for additional details.
Currently, entries for the 2014-2015 drafting contest/poster contest are being evaluated. This contest has entries in architectural and mechanical disciplines submitted by high school, trade school and university students. The entries are evaluated by ADDA professional members with general rules submitted for each problem. Those entries that place within their discipline will be announced soon. I personally look forward to the contest each year as it provides insight into what schools are teaching and it provides the student/instructor with professional critique on the entries. In addition, those who place in the top three, get an award and a little pocket money.
So take advantage of what ADDA has to offer this year and I hope to see many of you at TECON 2015!
Remember ADDA is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer association. All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals. If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me. Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls. Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.