ADDA's Mission...."Support and Prepare the Design Profession to Preserve the Past and Imagine the Future.”
Here we are, vacations are ending, schools are starting back and time to update everyone concerning ADDA. I will be covering some of our projects past, present and future.
At the prior TECON and Board of Directors Meeting, there were two new programs voted on and approved, that will provide ADDA Instructor Members an opportunity to enhance their career and all members an option to buy insurance policies, if so desired.
One new program is for Instructors. ADDA is now proud to offer is Instructor Certification that comes in three levels of certification: Certified, Professional and Master. Each level requires different amounts of experience and education in a specific area of design drafting instruction. Those areas of instruction are Architectural, Mechanical, General and Digital. ADDA believes that this will become more important and possibly a requirement as schools, school districts and state departments of education look for industry certification of their instructional staff. Please check our website www.adda.org for additional information.
Our other new program is an Insurance Program offering life, health, professional liability, dental, etc. for our membership. ADDA Health Insurance is offered through a partnership with Association Health Programs located in Oak Park Kansas and is a great opportunity for individuals to have or add to existing coverage or companies that want to offer insurance to their employees. Please check our website www.adda.org for additional information.
The 2015-2016 Drafting Contest is ready and all information is on the website. I always look forward to the contest as it gives me an indication of what is currently being taught and an opportunity to provide positive feedback to the entrants by judging their entries. Please note that I only judge the mechanical entries as architectural drafting concepts are ‘Greek’ to me. I encourage all students from a member school to enter. Please check our website www.adda.org for additional information.
The 2015-2016 Poster Contest is ready and all the information is on the website. I always get excited to see the creative ideas which are reflected in the entries. This years theme is Diversity in Design which is also the theme of TECON 2016 and the 2016 Design Drafting Week. Please visit our website www.adda.org for additional information.
The ADDA Staff and Board of Directors are in the planning stages for TECON 2016 which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama during the week of 5-8 April 2016. This years theme is Diversity in Design. We plan to feature sessions related to the changing design teams influenced by youth in the workforce, cultural and minority inspirations in our designs and resourceful concepts. We have issued a CALL for PRESENTATIONS on our website, if you would like to submitt a presentation for consideration. Please visit the 2016 Conference Website Page for new information as it is posted. I think this will the best conference yet !
Remember, our Annual Awards Applications are now available for download. Each year we lool for the best Student, Professional, Educator and Chapter and acknowledge their accomplishments. Be sure to visit the Awards Page and download the related application.
In closing, I would like to remind all of you, member or non-member, that the ADDA is the only organization that totally supports the drafting/design profession with continuing education for professionals and soon to be professionals within the drafting/design profession. Check out what ADDA has to offer and join or renew your membership.
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.