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It’s a question we get a lot: What does it cost to take an ICD Class?

The best answer yet that we’ve heard comes from USW Local 831 member Boris Pointer from Danville, VA.

Click the link to the newest ICD Video to see what the Career Development means to him.

As we wrap up the third Learning Opportunities Week, we are overwhelmed by the response from all the programs across the country. You’ve really taken the ball and run with it. This is the best benefit offered by the USW, and you did a superhero’s job spreading the word.

For those programs whose LOW events are still to come, please make sure you send photos so we can blast those out on social media.



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LOW starts with new ICD video launch

Welcome to Learning Opportunities Week!

There’s a lot going on this week, as we have a couple of webinars planned for you, in addition to all the programming at your sites.

One project we have been working on out of our office, which we wanted to unveil this week, is a series of ICD promotional videos.

Use these videos as you see fit, whether it’s new member orientation or to promote the program to outside groups.

But don’t be shy. Spread them far and wide!

This first video we are releasing today should serve as a great overview of the ICD benefit, why it was created and what it can provide to your members.

Thanks to all who agreed to participate.

We’ve got two more videos already in the can and will be working on several more throughout the remainder of the year.

Enjoy – we hope you like it!


Don’t forget our two webinars this week.  You need to pre-register in order to attend:

                Date:  Tuesday, June 11, 2019

                Time:  10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 Eastern, 8:00 pacific)

                Webinar:  Building a Career Framework:  Plan, Execute, Achieve

                Presenter:  Daisha Hankle, DeVryWorks



                Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

                Time:  1:00 p.m. Central Time (2:00 Eastern, 11:00 pacific)

                Webinar:  The Future of Retirement Accounts

                Presenter:  Educational Investor Services with Steve Williams



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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.


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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.

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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)!

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