Course Descriptions

Communications Courses2019 - Official Calls & Applications2018 - Official Calls & Applications2017 - Official Calls & Applications

This is the 2018 schedule of classes offered by the Communications Department at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor, Maryland. The official call for each course will be mailed out four months prior to the scheduled class date to lodges by the Communications Department.

Each course’s Official Call will be mailed out four months prior to the scheduled class date and will also be available online at www.goiam.org in the Communications Department section under the Headquarters tab. Each call includes the description of the course, the requirements for enrollment and the deadline for submitting Registration Forms, which is approximately two months prior to the class date.

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2019 Class Lists – EnglishFrench

News Writing for Communicators
Jan 27- Feb. 1, 2019

The Newswriting for Communicators course will teach Local and District Communicators powerful writing skills to better improve the ability of the IAM to better present the ideas and principles of trade unionism to our members and the public at large.

Official Call – English | French

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2018 Class Lists – English | French 

Intermediate Web Development
October 21-26, 2017

This intermediate-level class is for local and district lodges that already have a website with WordPress. Learn the ins and outs of WordPress including content, plug-ins, templates, back-end management, hosting management and much more. Please review the official call when it is available for the special requirements for this class, all participants must meet these requirements.

Official Call – English | French


Advanced Communicators Class
December 2-7, 2018

Offered by the IAM Communications Department, this advanced course is geared toward District and Local Lodge Communicators who have attended the Basic Communicator Class. This course is designed to expand on the basic communication aspects covered in the Basic Communicator class and upgrade their skills to take their lodge communications to the next level by providing detailed instruction in: writing, photography and video for social media, marketing, graphics and desktop publishing.

Official Call – English | French | Fill & Print Form

Previous Classes 2018

Basic Web Development Class
March 11-16, 2018

This basic-level class is for lodges just beginning new websites and focuses on designing and constructing web pages appropriate for lodge use. This class sets in motion the transition from FrontPage & Microsoft Expression Web to WordPress. The new class will focus on creating a website with the WordPress content management system. Please review the official circular when it is available for the special requirements for this class, all participants must meet these requirements.

Official Call – English | French

EXTENDED DEADLINE Registration Form – English | French


Basic Communicators Class
May 6-11, 2018

This basic course is geared toward lodge Communicators who are not publishing newsletter or websites. This course is designed to upgrade their skills and take their lodge communications to the next level by providing instruction in: writing, social media, marketing, photography, desktop publishing, on-camera presence and legal issues. 

Official Call – English | French  

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2017 Class Lists – English | French 

Basic Web Development
March 12-17, 2017

This basic-level class is for lodges just beginning new websites and focuses on designing and constructing web pages appropriate for lodge use. This class sets in motion the transition from FrontPage & Microsoft Expression Web to WordPress. The new class will focus on creating a website with the WordPress content management system. Please review the official circular when it is available for the special requirements for this class, all participants must meet these requirements.

Official Call – English | French


Basic Communicators’ Class
May 7-12, 2017

This basic course is geared toward lodge Communicators who are not publishing newsletter or websites. This course is designed to upgrade their skills and take their lodge communications to the next level by providing instruction in: writing, social media, marketing, photography, desktop publishing, on-camera presence and legal issues. 

Official Call – English | French


Intermediate Web Development
October 22-27, 2017

This intermediate-level class is for local and district lodges that already have a website with WordPress. Learn the ins and outs of WordPress including content, plug-ins, templates, back-end management, hosting management and much more. Please review the official call when it is available for the special requirements for this class, all participants must meet these requirements.

Official Call – English | French


Basic Communicators’ Class
Nov 12-17, 2017

This basic course is geared toward lodge Communicators who are not publishing newsletter or websites. This course is designed to upgrade their skills and take their lodge communications to the next level by providing instruction in writing, social media, marketing, photography, desktop publishing, on-camera presence and legal issues. 

Official Call – English | French