Schedule at a Glance  

Monday, September 25

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

Tuesday, September 26

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

Wednesday, September 27

8:45 – 9:45am            Business breakfast meeting

10am – 11am             Dean’s Panel

11am – noon              Wrap-up and Grand Prize Drawing


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