2017 Conference Registration

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North Carolina Employment and Training Association
Spring Conference

April 19-21, 2017 • Hilton Riverside • Wilmington NC

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Join the North Carolina Employment and Training Association (NCETA) in Wilmington for the 2017 Spring Conference planned to enhance educational and professional development through Sessions, networking, and panel presentations. All presentations and sharing of programs and projects are designed to assist workforce development staff in developing partnerships and streamlining services to better serve customers in acquiring sustainable employment; and to assist businesses in acquiring skilled workers.

Increase your knowledge of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Career Pathways, and Partnerships. Learn new ways to collaborate with partners and businesses, how to engage employers in dialogue, and hear about state and national trends and updates.

NCETA is excited to offer this 2017 conference. Please take advantage of opportunities in and around Wilmington. Enjoy the time with your current colleagues and meeting and networking with workforce development professionals from across North Carolina.


Overflow hotel:  Best Western Coastline –  $129 + tax per night 

BEST WESTERN PLUS Coastline Inn (Only 1 block from Host hotel, Wilmington Hilton)

503 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC 28401-3339

855-981-6066  or  910-763-2800

Mention NCETA for the discount room rate!

Preliminary Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pre-Conference Session
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
NCWorks On-line
Presenter: Michael Hoskins, Director of Information Technology, Division of Workforce Solutions

Conference Registration
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NCETA New Member Orientation
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Moderator Training
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Opening Luncheon
12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.
NCETA: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
Presenter: Jimmie Ford

Exhibitor Displays
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Getting to Square One with Registered Apprenticeship
  • Youth — Working the Work Read Community Angle
  • Successful Training & Employment Partnerships: Make the Difference
  • FutureWorks
  • Career Pathways

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Improving Performance with Carl Perkins Funding
  • Preparing Youth for Careers of the Future
  • Adult Education
  • Integration of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program with Core Partners
  • A Perfect Match: WIOA and Apprenticeship

Regional Caucus Meetings
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Eastern Region
  • Piedmont Region
  • Western Region

Evening Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner on your Own

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Displays
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

General Session
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WIOA: All the News That’s Fit to Print
Presenters: Bob Knight, Director, Workforce Policy, ResCare Workforce Services, Silver Springs, Maryland; and John Chamberlin, Attorney and Workforce Consultant, Corbett, Oregon

Concurrent Sessions
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • One-Stop Career Centers an WIOA
  • Washington Update
  • Motivating the “Unmotivated”
  • Employer Engagement: NC Manufacturing Institute
  • S.M.A.R.T. Approach

Lunch on your Own
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • One-Stop-Youth
  • A Deeper Dive into the New WIOA Regulation
  • Building a Partnership
  • Best Practices in the Northwest
  • A Perfect Match: WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship

Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • WIOA Transition: What’s Working Best
  • Key Issues and Challenges for Workforce Boards
  • Writing Effective Case Notes
  • Working Smart in Response to Employer Needs
  • Transition to Adulthood: Helping NC’s Foster Youth Gain Self-Sufficiency

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • OJT – A Successful Re-Employment Tool
  • Certified Career Pathways
  • Case Management (TBA)
  • Braiding Funding to Support Apprenticeship
  • Creating Effective Re-Entry Programs

50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet — Dinner, Dance, Karaoke
6:30 p.m. –
Dress to Impress

Friday, April 21, 2017

Closing Session
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • NCETA General Membership Meeting
  • Participant Recognition
  • Step Into Your Greatness – Dr. Saundra Williams

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