WORKCON 2020

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.

You don’t need to have all the answers to submit. Thought provoking and discussion sessions are also welcomed.

Target Audience

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.

In California we are looking to open doors to career pathways through the High Road Training Partnership initiative. HRTP is designed to address the questions around income inequality, climate change and economic competitiveness through strategic design that will influence several communities throughout the state. Building the skills and knowledge of the “high road” employers, is a key influence for our communities to reach higher ground.

How might it change our work if we were able to reach higher ground rather than show complacency? With that in mind, as you are crafting your presentation, think about the role reaching higher ground could play.

PROPOSAL FORM

CLICK HERE FOR FORM

WORKSHOP PROPOSAL DEADLINE

Friday, February 28, 2020

POTENTIAL TOPIC AREAS

WORKFORCE BASICS

  • Workforce Board Member Roles and Responsibilities: Making a Difference
  • Participatory Strategic Planning for Workforce Boards & Regional Consortiums
  • Interpreting WIOA Requirements and Directives
  • The New Perkins V Legislation: What it Means for California
  • Procurement under WIOA
  • Workforce Development Board MOU
  • System Partner Expectations

 

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION

  • Emerging Issues in Career Technical Education
  • Career Pathways & the California Career Pathways Trust
  • Addressing the Skills Gap within Each Major Industry Sector

 

TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN SOLUTIONS

  • Targeted Outreach and Data Analytics
  • Mobile Apps
  • Online Services and Training
  • Labor Market Intelligence and Mapping Technologies

 

DEMAND DRIVEN ACTION CLINICS

  • Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
  • Next Generation Sector Partnerships
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Unique Challenges Facing Each Major Industry Sector
  • High Level Business Services

 

REGIONAL INITIATIVES & CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

  • Prison to Employment Successes
  • Working Collaboratively: Regional and Local Planning & Outcomes
  • Strong Workforce Initiatives
  • High Road Sector Partnerships
  • High Road Construction Careers
  • High Road Training Partnerships
  • Leading Edge Collaborations and What Drove Them

 

EQUITY & DIVERSITY

  • Initiatives addressing the myriad issues around equity, income equality and diversity
  • English Language Learners
  • The Aging (and Aging Out) of the Workforce
  • Affordability of education
  • Best Practices and successes working with Homeless individuals
  • Proven approaches in serving Target Populations (veterans, ex-offenders, long term unemployed, limited English speaking, at risk youth, etc.)
  • Transgender Awareness and Job Coaching best practices for LGTBQIA Community

 

  • PROGRAM & PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
    Career Center Redesign
  • Customer Centered Design Processes
  • Group Facilitation Methodologies
  • Large Scale System Change

 

WORK RELATED ISSUES

  • The Future of Work (and what it means to our “system”)
  • Finding and Retaining Talent
  • Customer Service
  • Building Resiliency in Systems and Individuals
  • Employee Retention Strategies
  • Successful Onboarding for New Employees
  • Boosting Morale and Productivity

 

DISABILITY SERVICES TRAINING

  • Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities
  • Making modifications to policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination against persons with disabilities
  • Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate
  • Effectively communicating with individuals who have various disabilities
  • Providing appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including assistive technology devices

 

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Adult Provider Roundtable
  • Youth Provider Roundtable

POLICY QUICK-TANKS
Lead a discussion around key policy issues facing education and the workforce system.

And…

Do you have a completely different topic you want to discuss that you think is important? Propose away!!!

WORKSHOP PROPOSAL DEADLINE

Friday, February 28, 2020

Proposers are encouraged to submit prior to that date. 

CONFERENCE START & END TIMES

Pre-Conference Sessions: Wed., May 15 (all morning)

Conference Begins: 12:30, Monday, May 18

Conference Ends: Noon, Wednesday, May 20

CONFERENCE HOTEL

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Presenters are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

Access Room Block

Rooms are $159 per night. The special room rate expires on April 18th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. A maximum of two (2) rooms may be reserved per guest.

*** If the block is full, you will be responsible for securing other housing at rates that may be substantially higher.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

All workshop presenters must register for the Conference!

Please register at the time you submit your proposal if possible. Thank you for abiding by our presenter registration policy.

WORKSHOP ONLY RATE – No Charge

This applies to presenters who come only to present and then leave the Conference. A special name badge will be available at Registration.

ONE DAY PRESENTER RATE – $450.

Presenter is given access to other Conference sessions and functions on the day of your presentation.

FULL CONFERENCE PRESENTER RATE – $615.  (lowest rate available)

Presenter has access to the entire range of Conference experiences, including plenary sessions, workshops, receptions, continental breakfasts, the luncheon, and refreshment breaks.  

To register online, go to: https://calworkforce.org/workcon

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES

Anticipated Attendance: 550 – 600

The average workshop will enjoy 40 – 50 attendees.

10 concurrent workshops during each of the 5 rounds of sessions.

YOUR AUDIENCE

Conference participants are engaged both in policy and program implementation related to education, training, employment and business services at the local, state and national level.

Attendees work primarily for government, non-profit community based organizations and educational institutions. They work in America’s Job Centers, for Workforce Development Boards, and in workforce and economic development departments, community colleges, charter schools, rehabilitation and county social service agencies and county offices of education, private schools, K-12, apprenticeship programs and business.  

PREPARING YOUR WORKSHOP

 

  • Workshops should involve active learning with discussion & interaction.
  • Presentations should connect their success to factors that reveal the underlying promising practice. This makes it relevant to other areas, and helps move the discussion beyond “show and tell” sessions.
  • No more than 4 individuals on a panel please.
  • CWA may edit workshop titles and descriptions or combine similar proposals into one session. Due to space limitations, not all proposals are accepted.
  • Although we value the commercially available products and services available within our industry, sales presentations are not appropriate for workshops and will not be considered. Sponsorships and exhibit space is available if you are interested in connecting with our attendees in a manner that promotes sales and services.
AUDIO VISUAL NEEDS

Rooms will be equipped with LCD projectors and screens to project PowerPoint presentations and any other video source material (DVD’s, video clips, etc.). HDMI, VGA and USB cables will be available to connect with your laptop or notebook.

Multiple presenters should coordinate their presentations so that they are all on one laptop. CWA does not supply LAPTOPS. Presenters must bring their own laptop, if needed.

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