Reaching Higher Ground

May 18 – 20, 2020

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

 WORKCON, sponsored by the California Workforce Association (CWA), highlights the most powerful and innovative collaborations and partnerships that provide the keys to unlocking prosperity for both workers and communities, and addressing the emerging changes in the workforce ecosystem.

Who Are Our Conference Attendees

Workforce Development Board members and workforce professionals; CTE educators from Adult Schools, community colleges, charter schools, ROPs, County Offices of Education and the K- 12 system; DOR and other rehabilitation programs; apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs; economic development professionals; and other key partners working to provide a trained, skilled workforce to the industry sectors driving our economy.

Reaching Higher Ground

Reaching higher levels of innovation and process improvement is the cornerstone to serving our communities. Whether we are deploying human centered design, trying to understand the competitive pressures of our key industry sectors or working on implementing our regional plan, “reaching higher ground” is a vision that allows us to excel and thrive.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions are included with your full conference registration. Kick off your WORKCON conference experience Monday, May 18th. For the current conference draft program of plenaries, workshops, events and more visit the AGENDA page.

Workforce Professional of the Year / Lifetime Achievement Award

Who will be the next Charlie Brown Workforce Professional of the Year? With this award, the California Workforce Association recognizes and honors a workforce development professional who has contributed significantly to the state of California’s workforce profession and to workforce development in their communities. This award was created by CWA in honor of NoRTEC’s former Executive Director, Charlie Brown. For the 2020 nomination form, award details, and past winners please visit the Workforce Professional of the Year page.

The awards luncheon hosted on Day 2 of the conference includes a very special award that recognizes a workforce professional for their lifetime contribution to the workforce system. 

Conference Networking and Special Events

Networking goes hand in hand with your workforce capacity building – a perfect way to make lasting connections with other workforce professionals is to experience our special events included with your full conference registration. Conference Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, Snack Breaks with our Exhibitors, and the yearly crowd favorite Casino Night. 

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