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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It's Summit time!

Hey, we’ve got some exciting news to share.

The 2019 Training calendar is starting to take shape! We have scheduled our two Learning Summits this year.

SAVE THE DATES: The first Learning Summit will be held June 25-26 in Pittsburgh. The second Learning Summit will be held Sept. 17-18 in Des Moines.

We recently wrapped up negotiations with the hotels and will be releasing summit registration and hotel reservation information in the coming weeks, once the hotels have created our room reservation websites.

We’ve already been working on the agenda and content. We expect a bulk of the training to focus on online learning opportunities versus traditional learning, as well as sections on vendors and instructors.

We are also working on setting up local tours for the second afternoon each day.

As a reminder, we offer the same content and agenda at both summits. We offer two summits to give you the option of attending the one that best fits your schedule.

We had two meaningful and productive summits in 2017 in Nashville and Milwaukee. We are hoping for the same this year, so please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

And be on the lookout for registration and hotel info in the next few weeks!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 26 February / 0 Comments
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Online learning opportunities abound at ICD

Last week, in conjunction with our national partner Penn Foster, ICD hosted a webinar touting the benefits and advantages that Penn Foster can offer to participants through their online learning opportunities.

Similarly, we hosted a webinar with ToolingU last year discussing many of these same opportunities.

And if you remember, we had both new partners present on a panel with us at last year’s national conference in Philadelphia.

It’s not by accident. Both of these providers were brought to our attention by local programs who already enjoyed a relationship with them.

While I am a strong proponent of hands-on, in-person, butt-in-seat learning, we realize that that is not always an option for everyone. And nor is it necessarily everyone’s preference.

As part of our caretakers of this program it is our obligation to make learning as accessible, convenient and effective as we possibly can for the participants.

In ToolingU and Penn Foster, we believe we have found two partners who share our vision for what effective, productive online learning should be.

Both partners are participant-focused and offer substantial resources for self-paced learners while also offering a hearty catalog of technical-based curriculum.

I feel strongly that both ToolingU and Penn Foster have something different and beneficial to offer and I recommend trying them out.

This link will send to you the slides from last week’s webinar:

We’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 5 February / 0 Comments
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A time to look back AND ahead

For me, this time of year is usually about both reflection AND looking ahead. Is that the way it is for you, too?

When I reflect back on this year, the obvious first thing I think about is getting the word from Al about his plan to retire and then getting the word from the Governing Board that they were naming me the new Executive Director. It was all a huge whirlwind at the time for all of us – especially with the Philadelphia conference bearing down on us at the time.

I think we did a lot of good things in 2018. First and foremost was the conference, but beyond that we conducted training for new LJC members that really lays the groundwork for their future serving on their local committees.

We’re moving forward with getting the Lincoln program off the ground, and we cemented national partnerships with two providers who I believe are going to play a crucial role in our success moving forward – ToolingU and Penn Foster.

We made an upgrade to the database whereby now individuals can log in and check their status and review their course history as well.

No year comes without its challenges, and this year was certainly no different. But we do our best to work through them and learn from them. Hopefully we can take those lessons and turn them into future success.

So what’s on the horizon for next year?

Well for starters, we will conduct two Learning Summits in 2019, one in June and one in the fall. We should have word to you by the end of next month or early February at the latest regarding dates and locations. And those lessons we learned in 2018? You can bet some of them will be incorporated into the Summits.

Tuition Assistance limits have been raised to $2,500 annually and the two-course limit on restricted personal development classes has been removed.

We will continue to assist local programs to fulfill their goals and see what other opportunities come our way. Never shut yourself off to whatever possibilities are out there.

On that note, I’d like to thank you all for everything you’ve done in 2018 on behalf of ICD and the Steelworkers.

Have a great holiday season with you and yours and we’ll see you on the other side in 2019, raring to go. 


  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 12 December / 0 Comments
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Updates from our office

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity, along with some of our staff, to visit some of our local programs. It seems 2018 has been a year of significant change – not only in our office but at many local programs across the country as well.

That’s why the training we are conducting here in Merrillville next week and in Cleveland next month  is so important.

Our New Member Training lays all the groundwork for committee members and coordinators to get the type of base-level understanding of the Career Development benefit they need to ensure their local program is running at optimal levels and serving the Steelworkers to its fullest potential.

And from our perspective it doesn’t matter whether you are a 20-year veteran of the program, or someone who just yesterday became aware of the program, when we offer training like we are offering next week and next month, we strive to make sure there is value in it for everyone.

Also, be sure to stop by our office next Tuesday if you are in the area. We are hosting a New Office Open House event from 2 to 6 p.m.

A couple other items …

From the “Better Late Than Never” Department, Korey and I spent the early part of this week in Lincoln, Neb., at an LJC kickoff meeting. Historically speaking, Lincoln has had ICD in its contract since the mid-2000s but has not activated it until now. We are extremely excited about this development and look forward to working with them to make sure the members of USW Local 286 are able to access their benefit.

The ICD Conference Flickr is finally finished and ready for view. You should be able to download any picture you want.

Finally, please take some time and remember your brothers and sisters currently engaged in negotiations with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal. They have been working on an extended contract for three weeks now. Strike votes have been taken. This is a time of great uncertainty for them and their families. We wish everyone the best.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 20 September / 1 Comments
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