9 – 10am Newcomer’s session
10am – noon Emerging Leader Pre-Conference: Calling all Aspiring Leaders
Growing and evolving is the purpose of continuing education. Join the West Region Emerging Leader program to boost yourself to the next level. The Emerging Leader program will include a pre-conference session and subsequent online poster sessions to foster your growth as the leaders of tomorrow. Emerging Leader session registration is separate from full conference registration and can be accessed here.
Noon – 1pm Welcome luncheon (Includes remarks by Bob Hansen)
1 – 1:30pm Exhibit hall open; networking
1:30 – 2:30pm Concurrent session block #1
2:30 – 2:45pm Exhibitor showcase; networking
2:45 – 3:45pm Concurrent session block #2
3:45 – 4pm Exhibitor showcase; networking
4pm – 5pm General Session: The Evolving Regional Workforce: How the Workforce is Adapting to Gen Z and Young Millennials, Jim Fong.
Beginning with a snapshot of job trends both nationally and globally, this presentation will forecast evolving industries and sectors of growth as well as how these developments are fueling the demand for alternative credentials. Data sources will include nation-wide benchmarking and employer data as well as a special focus on regional workforce elements.
5:15 – 6:30p Opening reception and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Open House:
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been a staple of popular culture for decades, but they are finally becoming a reality. Join conference exhibitors and attendees at this informal reception to get a feel for what these new technologies are like and how they might impact our work. Several UPCEA West member institutions will bring VR & AR devices for attendees to test drive and will be on-hand to talk about how their institutions are meeting the training needs they are creating. The list of participating institutions and devices will be announced closer to the conference.
6:30pm Optional dinner groups
8am – 9am Breakfast
9am – 10am Keynote
10 – 10:30am Exhibitor showcase; networking
10:30 – 11:30am Concurrent Session block #3
11:30 – 1pm Awards Luncheon (Includes remarks by Wayne Smutz)
1:15 – 2:15pm Concurrent Session Block #4
2:15 – 2:30pm Exhibitor showcase; networking
2:30pm – 3:30pm General Session: The Universe of Alternative Credentials.
Business, industry, and changing demographics suggest the demand for traditional four year degrees will remain flat or decline, while alternative credentials will increase. Suppliers of alternative credentialing can come from a number of places, but will higher education keep pace? This presentation will showcase essential elements of the Alternative Credential landscape, including foundation support, advocacy for badging and micro-credentialing, institutional responses, and benchmarking data which defines the emerging trends in alternative credentials.
Panelists: Bob Hansen, Wayne Smutz, Rovy Branon, Nancy Salzman
3:30pm – 4pm Prize Drawing and any announcements
4:30 – 6:30pm Off-site Excursion/Reception (included)
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
Join us for drinks and discover the art, science and craft of inspired coffee at Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood. This one-of-a-kind coffee shrine captures the past, present and future of Starbucks, just nine blocks from the original store. You will be treated to brewing demonstrations and tastings at the Experience Bar and guided tours of the facility and roasting process. Light appetizers will be served. Shuttle bus will be provided. Hosted by University of Washington Continuum College
8:45 – 9:45am Business breakfast meeting
10am – 11am Dean’s Panel
11am – noon Wrap-up and Grand Prize Drawing