Spring Training: Wilmington, DE

This event has been rescheduled for April 27. All other details remain the same and registration for this event is still open.

This Spring Training event is presented April 27 in partnership with Delaware Pathways, an initiative that spans secondary and postsecondary education to meet future workforce needs. NCAN and Delaware Pathways are partnering on this event because together, our organizations are uniquely positioned to provide a rich professional development opportunity to conference attendees. Attendees at this joint event will have the opportunity to learn about the success Delaware has achieved in implementing its Pathways work, as well as how NCAN members are effectively advising students on career pathways and postsecondary options. 

Plenary sessions and lunch will be presented in a large group setting, while NCAN-specific break-out sessions that align with our overall Spring Training goals will be presented throughout the day. We encourage individuals from industry, government, K-12, community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions to participate in this unique networking event. 


Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free parking is available at the Chase Center. 


NCAN does not have a designated hotel for this one-day event, but you can click here for information on local accommodations in close proximity to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. 


Below is the draft agenda for April 27: 

8 – 8:30 a.m.    Registration (please note that breakfast will NOT be served
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session

This session will include the discussion National Trends in Preparing Students for College and Careers that will include the following panelists:

Paul Herdman, Rodel Foundation of Delaware

Dave Clayton, Strada Education Network

Kim Cook, National College Access Network

Bob Schwartz, Jobs for Future 

10:05 – 10:55 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from Delaware Pathways Implementation and Cross Sector Partnerships

Panelists will discuss the role of cross-sector collaboration in providing opportunities for students to connect college and career success. Discussion will also address why they're involved, what's involved, and the ROI for being involved.

Mark Brainard, President, Delaware Technical Community College

Michelle Taylor, President & CEO, United Way of Delaware          

Secretary Cerron Cade, Secretary, Department of Labor 

Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power; Chair, Workforce Development Board and State Chamber of Commerce          

Secretary Susan Bunting, Secretary, Department of Education 

Dusty Blakey, Superintendent, Colonial School District

Bob Schwartz, Senior Fellow, Jobs for the Future; Co-Founder, Pathways to Prosperity Network

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.                            

Major Influence: How Do Americans Decide What to Study in Postsecondary Education

Dave Clayton, Strada Education Network

Join this in-depth presentation and discussion of Strada and Gullup's Consumer Insight report Major Influence. Presentation will focus on the findings from this report as well as implications for effective postsecondary advising strategies for our students.

Presenter: Dave Clayton, Senior Vice President, Consumer Insight, Strada Education Network

12:05 – 2:00 p.m.                 Lunch and Plenary Session
2:05 – 3:00 p.m.

Advising for Postsecondary Fit and Match to Accelerate Graduation and Career Launch

NCAN member Students Rising Above will present on how to approach the college fit/match conversation through the lens of a career development framework. Co-presenter will include a representative from MERIT as well as NCAN member TeenSHARP.


Amy Perez, Director of College Success, Philadelphia Futures;

Jason L. James Jr., Assistant Professor, Wilmington University, MERIT Advisor and Mentor;

Tatiana Poladko Alleyne, Chief Executive Officer, TeenSHARP.


NCAN members receive complimentary registration to this event. Non-members are welcome to attend for $25. If you are an NCAN member, click here to register. Non-members, click here to register.

Not a member of NCAN? Save $25 per person by joining NCAN today, and everyone in your organization can attend this event at no additional charge! 

You must have an NCAN account to register for the event. After clicking the "Registration" link above you will be directed to the Registration Page. Once you click the "Register Now" button on that page, you will be directed to Log In. If you don’t have an account, you can click on "Create Account". 

For a full refund, cancellations must be received one week prior to the event. Members, please contact Tong Lee at leet@collegeaccess.org for questions about transferring or cancelling you registration. Non-members wishing to cancel their registration must contact Delaware Pathways.