About the Willamette Valley Chapter
Founded in 1975, the Willamette Valley Chapter (WVC) serves members in Oregon and southwestern Washington. When we wrote our current mission statement in 2006, Oregon had two STC chapters: Willamette Valley and Mid-Valley. Today, only STC Willamette Valley remains active and hopes to serve all Oregon and southwestern Washington members equally.
WVC Mission Statement
Our local chapter serves the interests of technical communicators in the Willamette Valley/Portland-Vancouver metro area by providing opportunities to:
- Network with other professionals in the community.
- Promote best practices in technical communications.
- Offer educational opportunities to encourage and support professional growth and career development.
- Provide meeting programs that foster professional and career growth for our members by:
- Using local (panels), regional, and international resources.
- Enlisting speakers and panels knowledgeable in best practices and new technology.
- Targeting the interests of all levels of technical writers, editors, illustrators.
- Provide networking opportunities at chapter meetings, encouraging members to build friendships and seek professional advancement opportunities in the local community.
- Develop a strong relationship with local educational institutions to foster growth in the technical communication field and to provide opportunities for student members to become future leaders in the profession.
- Provide recognition and awards to local members and volunteers.
View our WVC brochure
Founded in 1953, STC is the largest professional
association of technical communicators in the world. Its more than
7,000 members are dedicated to the advancement of the technical
Designing the future of technical communication.
- Enhance the professionalism of the members.
- Enhance the status of the profession.
- Provide information through publications, reports, and conferences.
- Report on new communication technologies, methods, and applications.
- Provide recognition and awards.
- Provide services to members at all levels of the Society.
- Promote the education of members.
- Support research activities in the field.
- Give service to industry and academe.
Brief History of STC
In 1953, two organizations concerned with improving
the practice of technical communication were founded on the East
Coast: the Society of Technical Writers, and the Association of
Technical Writers and Editors. These organizations merged in 1957
to form the Society of Technical Writers and Editors.
In 1960, STWE merged with the Technical Publishing
Society, which had been founded in 1954 on the West Coast. The merger
produced the Society of Technical Writers and Publishers.
In 1971, the organization's name was changed to
the Society for Technical Communication. Today, STC is the largest
professional society in the world dedicated to the advancement of
the theory and practice of technical communication.
-excerpted from the national STC site.
For more information visit them at www.stc.org
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