2018 Pre-Conference

NCAN has designed an optional pre-conference half-day workshop that will take place on Sunday, September 23 from 1:00-5 pm. Make the most of your travel dollars and take a deep dive into this timely topic, facilitated by expert practitioners. 

This pre-conference workshop requires an additional fee: $59 for NCAN members and $89 for non-members.

Train-the-Trainer: Practical Tools and Resources for Connecting College and Career Success

How well are postsecondary institutions preparing education consumers for work and beyond? What skills, experiences, and information are of most benefit to students as they traverse the high school to postsecondary to career pipeline? What programs and services can we provide to facilitate a smooth transition from school to the world of work? And how can these programs and services be implemented? 

During this session, attendees will hear about Strada and Gallup’s Education Consumer Pulse survey research that is bringing to light some of the areas of growth for programs that serve students. For example: 

  • Creating Impactful Workplace Opportunities for Students: Research indicates that education consumers get their most valuable career advice from workplace sources – so how can we create opportunities for students to have these experiences? How should these workplace “mentors” be recruited and trained?
  • Using Career Inventories to Engage in Career and Skills Exploration: Over half of survey respondents would change either their major, field of study, or postsecondary institution if given a “do over” – so how can we help students engage in more intensive career and skills exploration and use that information when researching potential postsecondary options?
  • Using Data to Help Students Make Sound Postsecondary Decisions: Career interests and skills are only part of the puzzle when helping students make sound postsecondary decisions. Helping them identify and consider local labor market trends is another piece -- so where is the data on local labor market trends and institutional/programmatic outcomes? Can we find local data that will provide insight to students making postsecondary decisions?
  • Nurturing Employability Skills: Most current college students do not believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be success in today’s job market and workplace – so how can we ensure that our students have the interviewing, networking, resume writing, and employability skills to secure and be successful in their chosen career? 

Attendees of this session will leave with practical tools, resources, and strategies to use to train their colleagues to ensure that students make wise, informed choices about college and career, and prepare them to be successful in the world of work. 

Member Price $59
Nonmember Price $89