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A smart move by ISC, SIA and the WSC

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This is an old-fashioned industry in too many ways, so I'm always thrilled when I hear news like this: the Security Industry Association, ISC and the Women’s Security Council will be awarding a full scholarship for a woman student enrolled in the new Mercer County Community College security degree program in 2015.

“This scholarship program is made possible with financial support from SIA and ISC and we are incredibly honored by their support and generosity,” Rhianna Daniels, founding committee member of the WSC, told me. “The overall goal of the program is to increase diversity in the industry and allow more women to gain access to the great opportunities available in today's security market.”

The scholarship was announced at the Women’s Security Council reception at ISC West by Ed Several of Reed Exhibitions, which produces ISC events, and Don Erickson, CEO of SIA.

“The lack of women in the security industry is not a new problem, but in this role [CEO of SIA] I really believe it’s something we need to draw more attention to. This is a small example of how we’re doing this,” Erickson said.

The Mercer County Community College security degree program will be launched in the fall of 2015. It is a two-year program that will award degrees in: project management; security integration; product technology and security sales.

A SIA committee came up with the idea for the program last summer. Key participants on that committee are Dave Lyons of System Sensor, Pierre Trapanese of Northland Control Systems and Frank De Fina of Samsung.

De Fina said the industry continues to struggle to find qualified candidates, even though jobs in this industry pay well and offer advancement opportunity.

In addition, De Fina said there’s a “tremendous lack to diversity in the security industry” and said one of the reason organizers chose Mercer County Community College for this program is because it “draws a higher-than-normal percentage of African Americans, Hispanics and women,” De Fina said.

SIA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mercer and is in the process of recruiting industry professionals to teach courses at Mercer.

De Fina pointed out that high grades in the associates degree program at Mercer can lead to a bachelor’s degree. “If you go through the program with a 3.5 GPA or better, you’re assured spot in a four-year program at Rutgers [University],” De Fina said.

Both the scholarship and the degree program are smart moves for the security industry. Congratulations to SIA, ISC and the WSC.

ISC West: 150 companies to debut

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03/18/2013

NORWALK, Conn.—More than 170 new companies will make their debut on the ISC West show floor, according to a statement from the organization.

ISC East is back, will take place Nov. 28 and 29

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Monday, November 5, 2012

ISC East has been rescheduled for Nov. 28 and 29 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, Reed Expo’s Ed Several told me in a phone call earlier today.

ISC East was originally scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31 was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Details will be available on the ISC East site www.isceast.com this afternoon, Several said. Also, an email will go out to everyone who had registered to attend the event.

“We’re making this as easy as possible,” Several said. “We have an email going out this afternoon that will enable someone who is already pre-registered to click a button to say I’m interested in joining you again,” he said.

Several said Reed and the Security Industry Association and other organizers have worked long days and weekends with the Javits Center to work out the details of rescheduling the trade show.

Typically, dates for trade shows are booked “years in advance  … we were able to do some maneuvering to get dates that will be four weeks after the original,” Several said. “We couldn’t do it any earlier,” he said, noting that residents and businesses in the New York metropolitan area is still recovering from the storm.

The fact that many exhibitors have booths and other materials stored in the New York area makes the rescheduling a little bit easier, he said.

Is there a precedent for rescheduling a trade show this large? Several said that Reed had to postpone and reschedule a food industry trade show a few years ago. The show was to take place in Florida and had to be postponed because of a hurricane.

“What is unprecedented is the fact that New York City experienced a storm of this magnitude,” Several said.

“I'm happy that SIA, the ISC East team, exhibitors and attendees were in constant contact and were able to the address [rescheduling the show] prior to the storm making landfall … and we’ve been quickly able to reschedule for four weeks later,” he said.

“On November 28, we’ll be ready to go,” Several said.

Specifiers at ISC Solutions

SecuritySpecifiers.com launches new consultant initiative at ISC Solutions
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09/30/2011

NEW YORK—ISC Solutions is broadening its scope this year to include formal educational and networking programs for security specifiers. The show will also provide more opportunities for specifiers, integrators and end users to get together and talk business.

ISC Solutions opens

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11/04/2010

NEW YORK—The transformed ISC East, now called ISC Solutions, opened here with a new look and crowded aisles yesterday.

 

Was it a function of more people being at the show this year as opposed to last? Or was it the skinny aisles that gave the illusion that there were more people? The official audited numbers won’t be available for more than a month, according to Ed Nichols of event organizer Reed Exhibitions, but attendees who spoke to

Security Systems News

said it didn’t matter. They were pleased with the number and quality of people attending the event.