ADDA's Mission...."Support and Prepare the Design Profession to Preserve the Past and Imagine the Future.”
Greetings we have just returned from Kansas City after heading-up the 56th ADDA Annual TECON in Kansas City. TECON is an acronym new to ADDA, meaning 'Technical Conference' that replaces the title of 'Annual Technical Conference' as used in the past. ADDA is again, for the 56th time, providing for students, instructors and professionals that attend, excellent value for the monies spent, either by the individual or the school/company allowing the individual(s) to attend.
TECON this year will have numerous sessions, again as in the past 55 years, that offers continuing education ,with Continuing Education Units (CEU's) received by the attendee. CAD software updates, vendors and sessions involving professional enrichment and growth. A short list of some of the sessions presented include the following:
· Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
· REVIT Discussion/Demonstration
· ASME Standards Updates
· Construction Drawing Plans Checklist
· Blueprint Communications
· Ethical Views of the Workplace
· And many more as you may view on the ADDA website, under conference information.
At the Annual Membership Meeting, ADDA announced the appointment of Terry Schultz to the Board of Governors. Terry involvement with ADDA has been for many years, where he has served as a member, Director, Executive Vice President, Executive President. In addition, Terry was involved as Chairman of the Annual Drafting Contest and the creation and refinement of ADDA's Drafter Certification Examinations. Terry will be a valuable asset as he continues his association with ADDA as a Governor.
Dr. Shauna Scribner from Southwest Illinois College was appointed as a Deputy Director. Shauna will be a valuable addition to the Board of Directors as she will provide insight to the needs and challenges facing post secondary drafting/design programs. Welcome aboard, Shauna!
Amanda Kunze, Education and Professional Development Manager | Design Data DD in EDU SDS2, and with years of experience in the Structural Deisgn Field was appointed as TECON Advisor. Amanda will be a valuable resource in planning future TECON’s.
This will be ADDA's last year in Kansas City as next year's and for the following two years, TECON will be held in Birmingham, Alabama. The dates for 2016 are 4-8 April. ADDA is in the process of TECON changes and additions that should add additional value to the attendee. So continue to check the website for updates and additional information. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Birmingham next April.
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.