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All Good Things Must Come to an End

Reflections on PETC By Gary Kayye, CTS
In August, I chaired my last PETC meeting. Ive served on ICIAs Professional Education and Training Committee for over nine years, the last two as chair, and have enjoyed it thoroughly.

What is PETC? Well the PETC is the group that ultimately selects the courses that will be offered at INFOCOMM and other ICIA training venues such as the IPD Institute for Professional Development, five week-long ProAV related courses held twice a year. But, more than that, the PETC is supposed to provide the vision for ICIA in education to keep the program viable.

Well, I am proud to say that the 20 or so members of the PETC have done it again for 2002. The course selection meeting for the InfoComm 2002 show was just completed and the seminar schedule is the finest one yet. ICIA will be listing the courses for registration in December on their site at www.infocomm.org, so mark your calendar as most of the courses from 2001 sold out before the on-site registration began. In fact, the 2001 event represented the third record educational attendance in a row. Its grown from 2000 to over 6000 in less than three years.


Well, part of it is due to more selection, but the majority of the accolades belong to the 40 or so VOLUNTEER instructors that make the InfoComm educational program a huge success. People like Chris Gillespie, Jack Gershfeld, Billy Duncan, Dave Silberstein, Clint Hoffman, Ted Uzzle, Dick Blaha and many, many more not only donate a few hours to teaching at the show each year, but also countless hours developing the curriculum. And, its all done for FREE. Wow!

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