You've heard it discussed in various corners of professional AV: How do we attract fresh talent to our growing, vibrant industry? InfoComm International®'s Board of Directors, as part of the association's new three-year strategic plan, has made workforce development one of its priorities.
Through new and existing programs, InfoComm is committed to driving qualified hiring prospects to member companies. Its core purpose — to advance audiovisual communications globally — hasn't changed, but in promoting the benefits of a career in the AV communications industry, InfoComm believes member companies can rise to the challenges of new technology, evolving business models and demanding customers. Look for the association to promote the inclusion of AV industry information in appropriate secondary education programs and boost its development of non-traditional education opportunities. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic workforce can be the rising tide that lifts all boats.
What can you do in the short term? AV Week is Oct. 13-19, 2013. InfoComm encourages members to go out into their communities and join a job fair, give a presentation at a local high school, or hold an open house to increase awareness and share the excitement of working in the AV industry. Get more ideas from InfoComm.
Engage With Other Great Minds
Register today for InfoComm's new AV Executive Conference, Sept. 10-12, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Fla., and elevate your game. Break away from basic day-to-day "stuff" and take time to think about the big ideas and programs that can transform your business into an extraordinary enterprise. At this event, you'll be more than just an attendee — you'll be an active participant, engaging with other great minds that think alike.
Want a preview of the conference? All the presenters talked about their messages in this InfoComm Today Podcast.
Get Ready for GovComm
Registration is now open for GovComm 2013, the audiovisual show for military and government. GovComm will take place on December 4-5 in Washington, D.C., and will be held in conjunction with Government Video Expo. Visit govcommshow.org for your complimentary registration.
Are You Tough Enough?
Test your endurance through nine back-to-back days of training at InfoComm University's famous Design Boot Camp, Oct. 7-15 in Fairfax, VA. Sign up for one class, or stay for all three.
Last Chance to Apply for the Michael Vergauwen Scholarship
Time is running out. The Michael Vergauwen Fund supports post-secondary education for a career in the audiovisual industry and honors Michael Vergauwen's achievements and leadership of InfoComm International. The Michael Vergauwen Scholarship is a $5,000 grant for third- and fourth-year college students and graduate students who are employees of InfoComm member organizations or dependents of employees. It is administered by the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF).
Don't delay. Fill out an application by Aug. 30.
Keep Calm and Get Your Prep On
Take a deep breath and sigh with relief. InfoComm University has upcoming courses to help you prepare for your CTS®-D exam. Enroll in CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom, Sept. 9-Oct. 3. It's available wherever you are.
Not sure if you're ready for this course? Call +1.703.273.7200 to create your customized training program.
Word on the Street: More Projects Require CTS
Carl A. Howell, CTS-D, DMC-D, ISF-C
"We were seeing more projects that were requiring the company to employ staff with CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I."
— Carl A. Howell, CTS-D, DMC-D, ISF-C, Senior Audiovisual Design Engineer, Thompson Electronics Company
Ready to add the CTS credentials to your competitive advantage? Check out infocomm.org/cert.
Roundtable Tour Stops in Chicago
Join InfoComm members and staff at the Chicago Roundtable on Sept. 19, 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – Arlington Heights. Hear the presentation Shift Happens! Thriving on Change by Jim Feldman, CEO of Shift Happens! In addition, Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Member Services at InfoComm, will talk about changes to the industry and the InfoComm programs being developed to address them. Be prepared to share your opinions and concerns during the open-floor portion of this event. Save your spot.
The Chicago Roundtable is held in conjunction with the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour.
Learn, Network at Collaborate: New York
InfoComm and the IMCCA bring you the first of many events to promote knowledge and networking in the AV, multimedia, videoconferencing and unified communications communities. Collaborate: New York will be an afternoon full of opportunities to learn how your industry peers have solved problems, to catch-up on the latest developments in the industry, and to chat with colleagues, competitors and other industry professionals in a casual environment. Register today.
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