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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

2019 NCWE Annual Conference

Mission Possible: Preparing a Future-Ready Workforce

October 8-9, 2019
Grand Hyatt - San Antonio, TX

PROPOSALS ARE DUE FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2019 4:00PM EDT

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. Please do 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, make sure you hit the "submit" button! You will get a confirmation email (usually within 1 hour). If you do not receive a confirmation email, then you may not have clicked on the final “submit” button.

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

  • Workshop Title: 75 character maximum; may be edited for publication

  • Short Session Description for the Program: 100 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

  • Detailed Description (1500 character 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
    • Clearly identified learning outcomes and clarity in purpose 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.

Viva Fiesta: Celebrating Diversity and Equity
Celebrating successes and identifying the barriers to education, employment, wage, and skill gaps for minority and low-income populations in an increasingly diverse workforce is critical to fostering robust economic growth. Sessions in this strand focus on successful strategies and partnerships that engage such traditionally underrepresented groups as minorities, including men of color; women; those in STEM careers; first-generation college youth; long-term unemployed; immigrants and refugees; Native Americans; veterans; adults over 50; incarcerated and re-entry populations; and people with disabilities.

Corralling the Herd: Bringing Partners Together
Forming successful and sustainable partnerships requires significant collaboration and is critical to ensuring that local, state and national employment needs are met. Strong engagement with community partners and business and industry is key to successfully creating a strong workforce - whether it is prior to hire or on the job training via customized training. Those who are willing to partner long-term will ensure local employment needs and sustain economic development. Sessions in this strand focus on overcoming challenges and strategies that have worked in developing and nurturing partnerships with K-12 schools, universities, community-based organizations, adult education, and business and industry.

How the West Was Won: Strategies for the Future
Community colleges are at the forefront of workforce preparation, but how will they stay current in the midst of increasing uncertainty and disruption in the workplace? As the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution transforms what work will look like in the future, what new job opportunities will be created? What jobs will disappear? As the life cycle of educational programs is getting shorter, community colleges must constantly redesign their programs and reskill the workforce to ensure training leads to real-world employment opportunities. Sessions in this strand focus on competency-based learning; instructional models, such as I-BEST; transition from ABE/ELA into career training programs; stackable credentials, and digital badges. In addition, this strand will include sessions on the changing role of CTE and workforce administrators; strategies/decision-making using data and the need for on-going assessment; and the impact of AI and automation on curriculum development, training, and job opportunities.

Riverwalk to Success: Pathways to Training
According to some projections, emerging technologies will displace 30% of workers over the next decade. Redefined 21st century skills, artificial intelligence and automation are fracturing the notion of traditional career pathways. Accordingly, there are roughly 650,000 credentials, including traditional degrees, certifications, and other types of training programs, currently offered in the U.S. As such, colleges are offering new/more certificates and national certifications, short-term "upskilling" opportunities, apprenticeship programs, prior learning assessment, and are increasingly cross-walking non-credit training to credit programs. Others are partnering directly with industry to design career-specific programming for their students, while employers engage colleges to provide customized training to upskill incumbent workers. To serve low-skilled adults, new instructional models such as integrated education and training and contextualized instruction have become part of adult education programs across the country. Sessions in this strand will illustrate how innovative colleges have become in accommodating the rapidly-changing labor market, meeting local labor market demands, and ensuring students are aware of all of their options while creating pathways to future careers.

Round 'Em Up: Best Practices for Work-Based Learning
Many community colleges and employers have embraced the concept of work-based learning to help provide authentic learning experiences to students that link academic, technical, and professional skills to develop their employability. Having experience in the workplace is an essential step along career pathways for students to see careers first-hand as they make decisions about their futures. Work-based learning takes many forms: internships, job shadowing, co-ops, preceptorships, apprenticeships, and service learning. High-quality work-based learning experiences demand a new level of collaboration between K-12, colleges, employers, and community-based organizations. Sessions in this strand focus on strategies that provide insight and development strategies for implementing work-based learning.

Git R' Done: Creating a Workforce for a Sustainable Future
The triple bottom line of sustainability results in a future with a vibrant economy, healthier ecosystems and less pollution, and social well-being. There is a robust national trend underway, as evidenced by NCWE’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative. Workforce development has a unique and important role to play in preparing all workers and businesses to understand and create more sustainable practices, products, and processes. Sessions in this strand focus on integrating sustainability into current programs and developing new curricula in solar, wind, energy efficiency, green building, transportation, agriculture, and fuels.


Main Presenter Responsibilities
  1. All accepted presenters (main and co-presenters) must pay the Full Conference Presenter registration fee. Early registration ends on September 8, 2019. 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 bring your own laptop and the appropriate adapter if using an Apple device or tablet.

  4. NCWE does not provide internet in the workshop rooms because it is too costly. 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 executivedirector@ncwe.org

  5. NCWE does not provide speakers for presentations. Therefore, you must 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 25-40 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 executivedirector@ncwe.org no later than Friday May 31, 2019. 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 https://www.ncwe.org/page/sponsors_part

  • 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 executivedirector@ncwe.org


Other Information
  • Workshop proposals must be submitted no later than Friday April 5, 2019, 4:00pm EDT

  • The Lead Presenter will be notified by April 24, 2019 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 16, 2019.

Workshop Presenter Agreement
By submitting a proposal for the 2019 NCWE Annual Conference, you agree to:
  1. Pay the Full Conference Presenter Registration Fee by September 8, 2019. 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 September 8, 2019. 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 executivedirector@ncwe.org no later than Friday May 31, 2019.

  3. Bring your own laptop and speakers as necessary.

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

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

  6. 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.

Submit a Proposal

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