Magazine article The Catalyst

2016 Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

Magazine article The Catalyst

2016 Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

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"The Innovation Revolution"

Deadline March 15,2016

The National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) and the New England Workforce Network (NEWN) invite you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session presentation at the 2016 Annual Conference - The Innovation Revolution, to be held October 3-5 in Boston, MA. A concurrent session is a podium presentation offered to participants simultaneously. Proposals may be submitted for individual presentations, co-presenter presentations, and panelist presentations (with a guideline of no more than 3 panelists). Proposals including co-presenters from your successful business or community partnerships are also acceptable.


The National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) is committed to providing its members with benefits that keep them up-to-date on new trends, help maintain a personal and professional network, and give access to the latest leading-edge programs throughout the country.

NCCET is the national organization for leaders in workforce, community, and economic development.

Our constituents are workforce development professionals, continuing education leaders, and innovators in community and junior colleges and technical schools. Other important stakeholders include our corporate partners and our parent organization, the American Association of Community Colleges.

About NEWN

The New England Woikfoice Netwoik ( N E W N ) e v o l v e d in response to the desire of workforce development providers who wanted to expand their network reach beyond individual states. By involving the entire New England Region, participants will share best practices with a larger, more diverse group of Workforce Development professionals. Through this network of workforce practitioners, the organization strives to be a resource for program/curricular development, the exploration and implementation of grant opportunities, and networking contacts on a regional/national basis.

About the Annual Conference

The NCCET Conference is held each fall, rotating its host city within the United States. Typically, the annual conference participants number in the range of 250 to 300. New and seasoned professionals are encouraged to attend. Participants come from throughout the United States and represent a full spectrum of positions within their institutions. This dynamic event encourages individuals to learn, share, expand their networks, and embrace the exciting and dynamic field of workforce and continuing education. Participants are sure to gain valuable information that can be put to use in their current and prospective roles.

While the conference is designed to enhance and support your professional development, we also hope you will plan to stay an extra day or so, to enjoy the many cultural opportunities our host location, Boston provides.

Additional conference details can be found online at

Presentation Criteria

The call for presentations is a competitive process. A maximum of 6 presentations in each category will be accepted.

Only presentations from a community college with the primary presenter being from that college will be accepted. Industry may participate as a co-presenter if the college so chooses.

The concurrent sessions are 45 minutes in length which allows 35 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.

The criteria for selection include the following:

* Consistency with one of the conference tracks and conference theme

* Clarity in describing purpose, objectives, outcomes, content and strategies for involvement and learning

* Adherence to proposal guidelines and requirements

* Clearly defined value to the audience and the profession

* Best practices and ready-to-use participant take-a-ways

* Replicability of projects/programs

* Effective and engaging presentation style, and audience engagement

* Qualifications of the presenter(s)

Conference tracks and recommended topics

* Contract and customized training

* Workforce development, career/technical education

* Continuing education, community enrichment

* Marketing, funding, profit center operations, staff personal development

Recommended topics within each track include:

Contract and Customized Training

* Effective sales strategies

* Monthly sales agendas

* Staffing and organization

* Internal metrics and accountability

* Certifications

* Unique approaches

* Effective needs assessment techniques

* Innovative approaches to reaching new clients

* Successful new revenue streams

* Samples of contracts

Workforce Development, Career/Technical Education

* Apprenticeship

* Workforce in collaboration with credit - successful combined credit/non-credit programing

* Career pathways: articulating certificates and degrees

* Credentials and certifications

* Effective grants and partnerships

* Best/most successful new programs

* Energy and manufacturing programs

* Healthcare and emergency services programs

* Unique approaches/successful new revenue streams

* Continuing education for workforce development of working professionals

* Best practices in self-sustainability for workforce development programs

Continuing Education, Community Enrichment

* The completion agenda

* Best practices in faculty recruitment and development

* Successful funding models

* Distance education - online course development - challenges and benefits

* Accelerated learning

* Curriculum development models and methods

* GED prep

* Academic planning and financial aid

* ESL communities

* Language institutes

* Alternative teaching methodologies

* Grant opportunities and partnerships

* Unique approaches

* Summer youth camps

* Teen initiatives

* Senior citizen and/or AARP initiatives

* Building a community education network with local non-profits

* Measuring your value to the community

Marketing, Funding, Profit Center Operations, Staff Personal Development

* Marketing and recruiting

* Catalog mix for best results

* Grants and funding opportunities - how to write and implement an effective grant

* Organizational structure

* Running a profit center, business plans

* Mentoring tomorrows leaders, management/leadership models

* Advising and registration models

* Accountability measures, reporting samples


Presenter Discount

Accepted presenters will receive a $50 per person discount on registration fees or $75 for 3 or more from the same college. …

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