Introducing our newest team member

There’s already been questions and emails: So do we call her Jen, Jenny, or Jennifer?

Just call her family. Welcome to the ICD Team, Jenny Stob.

A lifelong native of Northwest Indiana, Stob is ICD’s newest Program Specialist. We’re very fortunate to have her join our team.

Jenny is passionate about education – being a licensed and practicing teacher in Indiana and Illinois for over 10 years. You’ll find her enthusiasm contagious, I promise you that.

Jenny’s responsibilities will include taking ICD’s social media campaign to another level, while still serving 20 ICD sites across the country as a program specialist.

“I’m excited for the opportunity – people are my passion and education is something that I truly believe in,” Stob said. “Teaching is in my blood and my goal is to get our great programs at ICD into social media networks and get the word out.”

Jenny hit the ground running with ICD in mid-May and looks forward to meeting some of our wonderful members at the Learning Summit in Pittsburgh in June.

Welcome aboard, Jenny. We’re excited to have you!

If you’d like to send an email to welcome her, please do at  or leave a comment below.


  • Posted by bwaddle / Posted on 17 May / 4 Comments
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Rest in Peace, Trooper

He would use terms like "Trooper" or "Jubilation" when addressing you, in both a playful and affectionate manner.

He would laugh so hard he would bring himself and you, to tears. He LOVED telling a good story. "Can you believe that?" he'd say.

He loved the theater, a fine meal, and a good bottle of scotch.

He adored his family and showed off any new photos of his grandchildren at every opportunity. And when the phone rang in the office every day at 3:45, over the years you came to know exactly who was on the other end.

"That's my bride," he'd say, in loving terms of his wife Mattie, before he'd pick up so they could discuss dinner plans.

He was a friend and mentor to many, always with a gentle touch.

Former ICD Executive Director Jerry Evans passed away last week at the age of 78.

This one really hurts. There's not much more I could say because I fear if I started, we'd be here all day.

So please indulge us. If you have a story about Jerry you'd like to share, please leave it in the comments below.

We will miss you greatly Jubilation.

  • Posted by bwaddle / Posted on 10 May / 11 Comments
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Summit agenda coming together

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family and friends.

We’re back at it this week continuing to plan for the upcoming Learning Summits, so I wanted to provide you with some updates.

We’re going to focus on some of our online learning providers and opportunities available to ICD participants. We have invited reps from Penn Foster, Tooling U, and Rosetta Stone to make presentations. Our hope is that they can walk you through everything from what the sign-up process is like for a coordinator to what the participant should expect when they use the program.

Also, Connie Mabin from the USW Staff and a rep from Eastern Gateway College will join us to discuss the USW’s Free College Initiative! We have heard a lot of questions floating around out there about that so we thought it best if you could hear directly from them.

There will also be a session dedicated to working with vendors and some of the issues that have crept up recently. I can't emphasize enough how strong I feel this agenda is.

Two more items to hopefully entice you: ICD will host a Welcome Reception the evening of Monday, June 24, from 5-7 p.m. Location will be divulged in the coming weeks. And we will also be heading over to USW Headquarters on the afternoon of June 26 for an optional tour. We’ll be in touch as we get closer to the event to try and get an accurate headcount.

If you still need to register, you can do so . The deadline to reserve at the William Penn is June 3.

Thanks for all you do and we can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh (with a new staff member on board as well)!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 22 April / 0 Comments
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Cecelia, you're breaking our heart

That Paul Simon sure is a prescient fellow.

After more than 15 years at ICD, covering two separate stints, we have to bid the fondest of farewells to Cecelia Wagner.

Cecelia is leaving ICD for family reasons. She’s packing up and moving down to Louisiana. Her last day is Friday, April 5.

Our office will not be the same without her. I’m sure those of you who have gotten to know her closely over her career at ICD can attest to that.

In Cecelia’s departure, we have hired a new Program Specialist. Her name is Jennifer Stob. We are extremely excited to welcome her onboard, and you will be hearing more about her soon.

Please join me, and all of us from the Merrillville office, in sending out Cecelia with nothing but the warmest wishes.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 25 March / 13 Comments
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Summit Registration is now open!

Ready. Register. Reserve.

You can now register for the 2019 Learning Summits and reserve your hotel room.

Just visit our  page and select the Summit that is right for you.

The first Summit will be June 25-26 at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh.

The second Summit will be Sept. 17-18 at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel.

The agenda will cover a day and a half of learning and interaction with optional afternoon activities on the second day.  We expect a bulk of the training to focus on online learning opportunities versus traditional learning, as well as sections on vendors and instructors.

For the Des Moines Summit we are offering the option of touring the nearby USW Local 310L/Bridgestone - Des Moines Learning Center on Wednesday afternoon. 

For travel planning purposes, we will be hosting a welcome reception on the eve of each Summit.

Keep checking this space for updates as we continue to fill the agenda. See you there!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 8 March / 0 Comments
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