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FTC’s Year in Review (2022-2023), Part One: A Recap of FTC & STC Florida Events

By Joy Carandang (FTC President) and Chantal Cyrier (FTC Treasurer)

Edited by John Clement

This year, the Future Technical Communicator club (FTC) at UCF has seen and experienced exuberant amounts of engagement, learning, and fun through our array of meetings, publications, and celebrations. Together, we have weathered storms, grown academically and professionally, and fostered connections that will last a lifetime.

In the coming weeks, we are excited to share a 3-part series of Year in Review articles for our club. This first installment will start things off with a recap of our 2022-2023 events, while our next two issues will be deep dives into two of our biggest activities from the year, Spark STEM Fest and the STC Summit.

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FTC Spring 23′ Graduates Spotlight

We at the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) club at UCF would like to say congratulations to each one of our members who are graduating this Spring semester. You have worked incredibly hard to achieve this accomplishment, and we know that you will continue to reach new heights! As you prepare for the next chapter in your life, know that you always have a home at FTC. Additionally, please feel free to keep us updated on your tech comm journey via our FTC Discord server.

Last month, we reached out to our members asking for any graduating students if they wanted to provide a testimonial about their tech comm experience, time at UCF, and future endeavors. Read about our five of our featured Spring 23’ Graduates below!

Michael Otero (he/him/his)

Major: English – Technical Communication

Minors: (1) Mass Culture & Collective Behavior, and (2) Women’s & Gender Studies

How you got into Tech Comm

My strong suit has always been writing. Once I came across the technical writing field, I was drawn to it as a practical application for all types of industries.  Soon enough, my interest in the field expanded into the user experience and other emerging aspects of technical writing. 

What your experience about learning Tech Comm was like at UCF

UCF has been an incredible and accommodating environment to learn about technical communication. The professors have shown themselves to be invested in the success of their students along the way, not simply for the sake of passing the course, but also for understanding how these exercises might translate into real-world experiences. I have also found community and resources abound within FTC, and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone actively studying (or adjacent to) the technical writing field at UCF.

Any achievements or projects you would like to share

I am pleased to announce that my current employer has me working on a process revision/technical writing project with a mentor who acts as the company’s project coordinator. At its conclusion, this project could very well segue into a permanent project management and/or technical writing role in August.

Current endeavors and future plans

Longer term, I would like to perform a similar revision/technical writing process with other areas of my company, as well as begin a private venture in contracting my services, particularly for nonprofits and activism efforts seeking positive impact for marginalized communities.

Alexandria Ashley (she/her)

BA in English Technical Communication; Minor in Writing and Rhetoric

How you got into Tech Comm

I was going for a plain English degree but it didn’t feel right. I asked my dad who works at Lockheed Martin what writing jobs they had there and he briefly told me about technical writing. After hearing about this, I decided this was what I was looking for.

What your experience about learning Tech Comm was like at UCF

I had a good experience, but it could’ve been better if I had known to ask the right questions earlier.

Any achievements or projects you would like to share

I’m in the Burnett Honors College.

Current endeavors and future plans

I plan to work on getting certifications to improve my resume and am currently looking at writing-related jobs at Universal and other smaller companies. My ultimate goal is to work for Universal Creative as a technical writer/manager or work as a technical writer for Lockheed.

Julia Carney (she/her)

Major: English – Technical Communication

Minor: Writing & Rhetoric

How you got into Tech Comm

I’ve always liked to write, and I wanted to include it heavily in my career. During the process of getting my AA at Broward College, I was researching possible schools with programs I was interested in. I discovered technical communication within UCF’s English programs, and I was very interested in what would be offered in the coursework. I researched job prospects and where the field could be applied and decided to go for it.

What your experience about learning Tech Comm was like at UCF

I loved my program. As the semesters carried on, I realized how much was involved in tech comm. I thought it was mostly writing, but the amount of project management and collaboration that goes into projects can take up so much more of your time than writing ever will. I think I’ll always be learning about what’s involved.

Current endeavors and future plans

Within the last month, I accepted an offer for a full-time position at Lockheed Martin as an Associate Technical Writer and was admitted into UCF’s Technical Communication MA program! As well, I plan to work towards earning a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design. I’m very excited to see how everything works out.

Niyanna Jeffcoat (She/Her)

Major: English – Creative Writing

Minor: Technical Communication / Certificate: Editing and Publishing

How you got into Tech Comm

I got into tech comm because I discovered that I loved writing in a way that made other people’s experiences better. I love technology and I learning about it, so I found tech comm. 

What your experience about learning Tech Comm was like at UCF

My experience learning tech comm here at UCF was great, it was team-focused, collaborative, and I got to challenge myself and learn more about the industry I wanted to be a part of. 

Any achievements or projects you would like to share

I’m proud of my beginner’s guide to the video game Ooblets! It was my first big document that I worked on myself. And I think it taught me a lot. 

Current endeavors and future plans

Currently I’m searching for a job in the technical writing industry!

Dominick Chiovari (he, him)

Major: English – Technical Communication

How you got into Tech Comm
I was previously a biology major for several years. At some point I became dissatisfied with it, but wasn’t sure where to go. I learned about the technical communication program when my brother told me about the English degrees that UCF offered. When I found out the discipline offered valuable job skills and many career opportunities, I jumped at it. It was the best thing I ever did in college.

What your experience about learning Tech Comm was like at UCF
My first semester as a tech comms student felt completely different from my previous major, and I loved it immediately. My college experience immediately improved. Since then, I’ve learned to write and design documents, my teamwork skills improved, and I joined FTC in the fall of 2022. As of today, I am the Secretary and a member of the communications committee. I never imagined, one year ago, how phenomenally things would turn out for me just by finding technical communication. I’ve met lots of great people, found myself in FTC’s leadership, landed a mentorship, and more.

Any achievements or projects you would like to share
I am currently working with my mentor Rachael on an RPG module for SCP:RPG. It isn’t finished yet, but when it is (hopefully before the end of the semester), I would love to share it with everyone. Rachael introduced me to the DnD world, and it’s been really fun so far. She’s awesome, and I’m so grateful for her guidance.

Current endeavors and future plans
After graduation, I will apply to the tech comms master’s program for the spring of next year. Before then, I intend to get my CELTA course from Oxford TEFL, so I can teach English abroad. I haven’t decided my ultimate career path yet, but I know it will show itself in time.

Spring 2023 FTC Update

From Julianna Schook, FTC President

Hello everyone and welcome to the new semester!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break! I am very excited for the upcoming events this semester and ask that, in regards to these events, you ask any and all questions you may have. Please DO NOT hesitate to ask as we would rather you choose not to be involved than miss out due to a misunderstanding. With that in mind, here’s some of the main events coming up this Spring: 

Our first GBM:
– Our first meeting of the semester is January 10th at 6:30 PM 
– Taking place on Zoom. Zoom link on our LinkTree:

Spark Stem Fest: 
– Friday February 17th and Saturday February 18th 
– Taking place in Orlando, Florida 

STC Summit: 
– Sunday May 14th – Wednesday May 17th
– Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia 

If you are interested in either the Spark Stem Fest or the STC Summit we have an ongoing interest survey for you to fill out in your spare time. It should not take more than a minute and we would greatly appreciate your feedback! 

Interest Form:

The events listed above are not the only events taking place this semester. As we finalize plans for other upcoming events we look forward to announcing them via discord and social media. Therefore, remember to keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked going forward into the semester! I wish you all a great Spring semester!

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December 2022 Newsletter

Hello, everyone!

Thank you so much for being a part of FTC during the Fall 2022 semester. We’ve come a long way and truly have so much to celebrate. Currently, there are many developments regarding future job and school opportunities in the works, including internships at Lockheed Martin and L3Harris. To view the applications as well as an overview of what we’ve been up to these past two months, scroll down below!

Also, we at FTC would like to send a warm congratulations to those who have graduated this semester. As you move onto the next phase in your academic and professional careers, please feel free to keep us updated on your journey via Discord. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

There’s an abundance of events and involvement opportunities that will be featured in the Spring. We are incredibly excited to share them all with you in the next few weeks. 

Have a relaxing holiday season and winter break ahead.


Joy Carandang
Communications Committee
Future Technical Communicators
[email protected]

FTC November 2022 Newsletter

Hello, everyone!

As we wrap up this semester and head closer to Thanksgiving Break, we would just like to say thank you for being a part of FTC. Over the last few months, we had a blast at our Halloween Social, successfully launched our Mentorship program, connected with new and familiar faces, and weathered two back-to-back storms.

We hope you share our excitement for what’s to come in the near future! Read on for recaps, recent happenings, and upcoming events.


Joy Carandang
Communications Committee
Future Technical Communicators
[email protected]

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FTC’s Year in Review (2021-2022)

By John Clement

President, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

With a plethora of guest speaker meetings and networking events, the Future Technical Communicators club has been as active as it has ever been this past school year. We also had opportunities to make FTC go beyond just UCF in our ventures to Otronicon Tech Expo and the STC Summit, two big initiatives that our attendees had a great and informative time at. Finally, our club continues to be a big family with our social events and our active Discord. To celebrate and recognize all that and more, here is a comprehensive recap of FTC’s 2021-2022 program year.

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Fields and Jobs in Technical Communication

By Danielle Porres

Secretary, Future Technical Communicators club at UCF

Hello, everyone! I know most, if not all of our blog’s readers are pursuing a career in tech comm and are looking to get themselves out there in the world of job searching. Once you begin the process, it can definitely feel as though you’re navigating through a whirlwind of emotions and activity. Sure, you’re familiar with what tech comm encompasses, but how do you figure out which industry or niche you want to get into? Knowing how versatile the field of tech comm is and the different types of opportunities out there, it can definitely feel daunting to pinpoint what you want to do with your degree.

There are a plethora of industries focused on hiring technical communicators, ranging from health care to public relations, all wanting highly-skilled individuals with a passion for writing and editing. As noted by Masters in Communications, the most notable career paths in the field are, “Technical Writer or Documentation Specialist, Medical Writer, Training Consultant, Science and Technology Journalist, and Researcher” (p.11). 

Additional job titles for technical communicators (Source:

  • Technical Writers & Editors
  • Indexers
  • Information Architects
  • Instructional Designers
  • Technical Illustrators
  • Globalization & Localization Specialists
  • Usability & Human Factors Professionals
  • Visual Designers
  • Web Designers & Developers
  • Teachers & Researchers of Technical Communication
  • Trainers and E-Learning Developers

As you navigate through your course load, it is plausible to find a specialization or industry that you might want to get into. You might take an interest in scientific writing, multimedia production, instructional writing, and many others. If multiple interests you at once, that’s okay too! It can actually serve as an advantage since companies and industries admire versatility. By being someone who can develop and hone their skills in various tech comm areas, many more opportunities can fall at your door. 

Although taking courses and obtaining your degree is essential, networking and gaining experience is what will you that extra push. Through internships and some odd jobs here and there, you will be able to further develop your writing/editing style, find your preferred niche(s), and connect with others who share common tech comm interests. 

<strong>Danielle Porres – Secretary, Publications Committee Member</strong>
Danielle Porres – Secretary, Publications Committee Member

Hi! My name is Danielle, the current secretary of FTC. I’m a sophomore majoring in Technical Communication and minoring in Writing & Rhetoric. It is my first semester as a member of FTC, but so far it’s been such an amazing and rewarding experience. The FTC community strives to not only promote the importance of technical literacy but the significance of making connections. As secretary of FTC, I hope to contribute to our blog’s publications, utilize my organizational skills, and continuously communicate with the leaders. Aside from my work in FTC, I am a proofreader for the Johnson’s Dictionary Project and a member of Sigma Tau Delta. When I’m not working, I enjoy creative journaling, reading, and listening to music.

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