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2018 Call for Proposals
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Please read all of the information below carefully before submitting a proposal!

Workshop Format and Proposal Process
Workshops are one-hour in length. Participants sit in theater or classroom type seating. The presenter(s) tend to use PowerPoint or some type of media presentation. PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide internet access in the workshop rooms.

You must submit your proposal using the online system. Emailed, faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted. Once you have read through all of the following information, you can click on the “Submit a Proposal” button to begin the process.

Proposal Submission
The information gathered during the program submission process will be used by the NCWE Programs Committee to determine proposal acceptance and to prepare conference marketing materials. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete, accurate, and grammatically correct. Also, please be sure to not use the “caps-lock” when inputting information.

Group presentation submissions are highly encouraged, within and across institutions. NCWE reserves the right to combine similar proposals into a single presentation slot, and to limit the number of presentations by a single college, in order to give opportunity for the broadest range of presentations.

Once you complete the workshop proposal form, you will get a confirmation email (usually within 1 hour). Please be sure to click on the “submit” button. If you do not receive a confirmation email, then you may not have clicked on the final “submission” button.

On the workshop proposal form, you must submit the following information:

  • Workshop Title: 10 word maximum; may be edited for publication

  • Short Session Description for the Program: 50 words maximum; may be edited for publication

  • Conference Strands: You will be asked to choose from one of the five conference strands. Strand descriptions can be found below

  • Session Learning Objectives: Please identify 3-5 learning objectives that participants will learn or gain from the session

  • Detailed Description (500 words maximum): This is your opportunity to provide a more thorough description as to the content and structure of your session. You must address the following:
    • Consistency with one of the conference strands or the theme of the conference
    • How the workshop reflects new ideas, or innovations, or important issues that affect workforce education and training
    • Strategies the presenter(s) will use to engage the audience and allow for audience participation or interaction
    • Clarity in purpose, objectives, outcomes, and content
    • Value of the session to the audience and the profession
    • Qualifications of the presenter(s)

  • Presenter(s) contact information, including:
    • First and Last Name
    • Organization/Institution Name
    • Email address

Conference Strands
The Programs Committee knows that not every proposal will fit nicely into one of the strands.  Proposals that focus on employer engagement, partnerships, program development, integrated basic skills, and the impact of state and federal policy and legislation are always welcome as they are important for the conference.

All Hands on Deck: Partnerships that Improve Program Design
Forming successful and sustainable partnerships is necessary to ensure that local, state and national employment needs are met. But this does not come easily. Working with public and/or private entities requires significant collaboration regardless of the complexity of the partnership. Key to success is strong engagement with employers who are willing to fully partner, long-term, in the development of initiatives that will help them meet their employment needs. College leaders need to find and nurture prospective partners and guide them through the process of partnership creation. Successful partnerships then become valuable models for employers who are struggling to find qualified skilled workers. Sessions in this strand will provide challenges that are faced and strategies that have worked.

Harnessing the Power of a Diverse Crew: Why Diversity and Equity Matter
Ensuring that our education and workforce development systems support the economic success of those with the highest barriers to opportunity is critical to securing a prosperous future for our communities and our country. At the same time, studies have shown that a more diverse workforce can foster enhanced innovation, creativity, and problem solving. There are many dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual identity, veteran status, immigrant status, skill and educational attainment levels, socioeconomic status, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated status, and other expressions of identity. Sessions in this strand will focus on how educators, employers, and policymakers develop programs and partnerships that engage traditionally underserved groups, close wage and skills gaps, and leverage the strengths of such traditionally underserved groups including veterans, immigrants, older workers, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations, and people with disabilities.

Turning the Tide: The Future of Work and “New Collar Jobs”
Goodbye to outdated white-collar and blue-collar jobs and Hello to “New Collar” jobs. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty coined this phrase in 2017 to describe high-skills careers that don’t require a traditional 4-year degree, but do require a lot of technical skill. National studies show that to close the skills gap we need to place more emphasis on fast-track careers which require innovative program design developed through partnerships with employers. These new-collar careers offer students a world of unlimited opportunity in occupations that have been disrupted by technology. Workshops in this strand focus on emerging strategies and concepts that provide smooth transition from old to innovative technologies, employer certification demand, and skills gap solutions that prepare learners for “new-collar jobs” now and into the future.

Seeking the Perfect Wave for Job Success: When Training is Not Enough
Workforce professionals must be ready to develop training programs and services that go beyond simply developing routine skills associated with the tasks required for a certain job. They must now be prepared to understand how rapid changes in technology have an impact on the training programs that they develop. Thomas Friedman argues that we have entered an “age of acceleration” where the speed and spread of automation and globalization now greatly outpace our individual and public capacities to adapt to them. According to many workforce analysts, the skills in which students should invest (often referred to as “21st Century skills”) include technical literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving, adaptability to new work environments, social/communication skills, and a commitment to life-long learning. Sessions in this strand will highlight success with new strategies in developing training that takes a more comprehensive approach to addressing disruptive forces that compel us all to be more creative.

Navigating the Complexity of Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability. Targeted to bridge the gap between the learning and the doing, work-based learning programs provide authentic learning experiences to students that link academic, technical and professional skills, provide career awareness, career exploration opportunities, career planning activities, and help students attain competencies such as positive work attitudes and other employable skills. Community Colleges across the nation are incorporating this strategy to enhance student success and completion, and better provide students the skill sets employers require. Sessions in this strand will illustrate how innovative colleges have navigated the complexity of work-based learning that incorporates several strategies that include employer partnerships and internships, apprenticeships, high school intermediary networks, pre apprenticeship, and dual credit.

Main Presenter Responsibilities
  1. All accepted presenters (main and co-presenters) must pay the Full Conference Presenter registration fee. Early registration ends on August 25, 2018. Speakers who pay after this date will pay the Full Conference Registration Fee.

  2. Accepted presenters and co-presenters are responsible for all related conference expenses including presenter registration, travel, lodging and meals not provided with the conference.

  3. All meeting rooms will include a podium and mic, screen and LCD projector (VGA and HDMI input). NCWE does not provide laptop computers. Thus, you must provide your own laptop and appropriate adapter if using an Apple device or tablet.

  4. NCWE does not provide internet in the workshop rooms because it is too costly. Thus, we recommend screen shots. If it is imperative that you have access to the internet and do not have your own Mi-Fi, please contact Dr. Darlene G. Miller

  5. NCWE does not provide speakers for presentations. Therefore, we recommend that you bring your own set of speakers with your laptop if you are showing a video or using sound.

  6. Most workshops at the NCWE conference have between 40-60 participants, so plan accordingly. If you are bringing support materials, you are responsible for getting the materials to the workshop.

  7. By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to present at any time during the conference. If you must request a specific session day, you must contact Dr. Darlene G. Miller no later than Friday June 29, 2018. Any requests after that date will only be accommodated if another presenter is willing to move to another presentation slot.

For-Profit and Non-Profit Workshop Proposals
  • While NCWE greatly appreciates companies that support workforce education through products and services, all for-profit organizations are required to be a Conference Sponsor to present at the conference. For more information on becoming a conference sponsor, go to

  • Nonprofit organizations who serve as workforce intermediaries and/or provide their services for a fee to community colleges will be considered as vendors at the NCWE Annual conference and will be required to be a Conference Sponsor if they wish to present a workshop. If the nonprofit organization is engaged in a partnership project with NCWE or contracts with NCWE, the Executive Committee may use their discretion to waive the sponsorship requirement

  • The NCWE Programs Committee will monitor all workshop proposal submissions for presenters from for-profit organizations. Any session that is built around a product or service in which the content focuses on the product will require the for-profit presenter to register as a Conference Sponsor

Thank you for understanding these policies. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Darlene G. Miller

Other Information
  • Workshop proposals must be submitted no later than Friday April 13, 2018, 4:00pm EDT

  • The Lead Presenter will be notified by Friday May 18, 2018 if the workshop proposal is accepted for presentation

  • Once the workshops are scheduled, the Lead Presenter will receive one email requesting edits for the programs. No edits will be accepted after August 17, 2018.

Workshop Presenter Agreement
By submitting a proposal for the 2018 NCWE Annual Conference, you agree to:
  1. Pay the Full Conference Presenter Registration Fee by August 25, 2018. If you have not paid and registered by this date, you will pay the Full Conference Registration fee. Additionally, ensure that all of your co-presenters pay the Full Conference Presenter Registration fee by August 25, 2018. If they have not paid and registered by this date, they will pay the Full Conference Registration fee.

  2. Present your workshop as assigned. Any requests for a certain date of presentation must be made to Dr. Darlene G. Miller no later than Friday June 29, 2018.

  3. Permit the NCWE Programs Committee to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content to fit within the structure of the conference program.

  4. Allow NCWE to use your session information for marketing materials.

  5. Agree to submit your workshop presentation slides to NCWE within 20 days after the conference so that the slides may be posted on the NCWE conference webpage.

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