AIA Board of Directors recently voted to subsidize funding so that all
AIA members can receive free access to the Emerging
Professional’s Companion (EPC). This
new tool is an essential mentoring resource for practitioners who employ
interns in their firms. The EPC functions as a structure though which
firm members can share information about their practice with junior staff.
The EPC also provides content for in-house continuing education programs
for all levels of staff.
What’s in it for my firm?
The Emerging Professional’s Companion (EPC) exercises and scenarios
can serve as the backbone of beginning programs or as a supplement for
existing in-house education programs. Using the exercises and content
of the EPC, firm educators can:
- Create lecture-style presentations
- Host design reviews and debates
- Support interns on their path to licensure
- Improve firm culture surrounding learning opportunities and mentoring
for all staff.
Potential benefits to firms can include improved employee retention,
incentives for seasoned architects to get involved with continuing education
opportunities, and more well-rounded staff who are able to engage in
projects at early stages of their career.
EPC convention seminar and demonstrations
Firms may want to be sure that a representative attends the convention
workshop “The Emerging Professional’s
Companion: Strategies in Intern Development”
(E45, Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.–noon). This highly interactive
workshop will provide effective ways to support interns in your firm
using the new EPC. Sign
up now, because this free program is limited to 100 participants. Also,
stop by the membership services area to view an interactive demonstration
about the EPC.
Visit the EPC Web site [www.EPCompanion.org], where can view an online
interactive demonstration. Your login will be the same information
that you use to access the Members Only portion of the AIA Web site
(member number and last name).
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