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2020 NCWE Annual Conference

Oh, Say Can You Succeed:
Keys To A New Age in Workforce Development

October 7-8, 2020
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD


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 click 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. Again, 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.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 partnerships, program development, program review, bridge programs from basic skills to credit programs, noncredit industry-based certification programs, microcredentials, and customized training are always welcome as they are important for the conference. The Programs Committee is also interested in proposals regarding the impact of state and federal policy and legislation on workforce education. As more and more research is conducted on workforce programs, the Programs Committee is also interested in adding more research-based presentations.

Responding to COVID-19: Weathering the Storm of Uncertainty
COVID-19 has impacted college delivery systems, curriculum, and operations. AACC has stated that "to maintain the high quality of America’s community college system, it is not possible and, in some cases, irresponsible to encourage member colleges to adopt 100% online coursework for all CTE programs." Moving forward, colleges will face numerous challenges. Sessions in this strand will focus on best practices in responding to the pandemic and in redesigning curriculum and program delivery. Participants will learn: how to use simulation to replace or enhance hands-on learning; how to support low-income and disenfranchised students who may not have access to technology to learn from a distance; how to embed occupational health and safety into all professional-technical programs; ways to build capacity in response to potential student demand in first responder and healthcare programs; changes to curriculum as a response to social distancing norms in programs heavy in customer service such as hospitality and tourism, retail, business administration, marketing, finance, and others; and ways to ensure student safety during work-based learning experiences.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity: A Safe Harbor for Shared Values
Community, technical, and tribal colleges have long been recognized for serving diverse student populations, but how do we ensure that the mission-centric values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) are embedded in the colleges' practices and policies? Are college practices promoted in ways that respond to the entire college community including those students who feel increasingly marginalized in our society? The solutions to eliminating the barriers to academic success often go beyond the classroom. Many colleges are developing practices to increase student access, retention, and completion, as well as tackle such growing problems as food/home insecurity and homelessness among at-risk student populations. Sessions in this strand examine how colleges build an on-campus culture focused on EDI, as well as develop academic and non-academic holistic support services that foster student success and help all students realize their goals.

Expanding Pathways: Fair Skies and Following Seas
Expanded pathways include new and emerging educational models that comprise competency-based education; integrated instructional models such as I-BEST; bridge programs to transition from ABE/ELA into career training programs; and stackable credentials, micro-credentials and hybrid online programs. Many of these new pathway models include retention and completion strategies that are specifically designed to better serve under-represented populations such as disengaged youth, 50+ learners, women in nontraditional fields, learners from marginalized communities, and others. Sessions in this strand offer productive conversations and knowledgeable peer contacts to help you develop and implement expanded pathways that begin in K-12 and potentially end in a baccalaureate degree.

Employer Engagement and Partnerships: Taking the Helm for Success
Strong engagement with community partners and business and industry are key to creating a strong workforce. Whether it is in the development of prior to hire training/educational programs or on-the-job training via customized contract training, those who are willing to partner long-term will ensure local employment needs and sustain economic development. Through effective partnerships, CTE curricula are improved and short-term noncredit programs are industry-based, leading employers to turn to their local community college to develop customized training programs that will improve their productivity. Sessions in this strand will focus on successful strategies to improve partnerships throughout the community (K-12, CBOs, WIBs, etc.) and enhance employer engagement.

Emerging and Future Technologies: Time Has No Shore, It Rushes On
The workforce of the future will look very different than what exists today thanks to the fast pace of evolving technologies. It will take a creative college culture and quick response to demand to harness the power that comes with new and better solutions to address our nation’s workforce training needs. Robotics and artificial intelligence promise to increase productivity but what do they mean in terms of disruption to the labor market and will they be a part of the green agenda? How do we prepare for careers that have not yet been invented? Many futurists are predicting that general education skills and workplace readiness skills may be more important than technical skills in ensuring future workers are life-long learners. Participants in this session will learn about sustainable technologies, and current and emerging technologies and their impact on the community college curriculum. Sessions in this strand will also focus on college practices that implement curricular changes quickly and timely to adapt to these rapid advances in technology.

Work-based Learning (WBL): Bombarding Industry with Star Spangled Talent
WBL is a strategy which enables participants to apply formal academic training in a hands-on job training environment. The combination of experiential on-the-job training and formal related technical instruction may also lead to college academic credentials, industry recognized certification, and greater employee productivity. Sessions in this strand will equip attendees with innovative strategies for implementing the various types of WBL including pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, intern- and externships, and job shadowing. Workshops will also emphasize the critical role of partners in developing and delivering WBL.

Main Presenter Responsibilities
  1. All accepted presenters (main and co-presenters) must pay the Full Conference Presenter registration fee. Early registration ends on September 7, 2020. 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 microphone, 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

  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 no later than Friday May 29, 2020. 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 24, 2020, 4:00pm EDT

  • The Lead Presenter will be notified by May 15, 2020 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 14, 2020.

Workshop Presenter Agreement
By submitting a proposal for the 2020 NCWE Annual Conference, you agree to:
  1. Pay the Full Conference Presenter Registration Fee by September 7, 2020. 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 7, 2020. 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 May 29, 2020.

  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.

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