Pre-Conference Meetings (as organized by individual committees)
KBOR Technical Education Authority
Kansas Advisory Counsel on Career and Technical Education
Kansas Workforce I
Post-Conference Meetings (as organized by individual committees)
KansasWORKS State Board

(Updated 12/20/17)

Energizing Education, Economic Development and Employment:
Less Talk, More Walk!

DAY 1 (January 17)
9:00 Registration Begins
11:00 Exhibits Open
12:00 Opening Plenary Luncheon
Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer
12:45 Break and Exhibit Visitation
1:00 Less Talk, More Walk – Creating a Culture of Ethics and Accountability
Josh Davies, The Center for Work Ethic Development, will discuss how one of the greatest challenges a leader faces is dealing with issues of ethics and accountability. How do you ensure the people you’re leading demonstrate integrity on a daily basis? Do you practice it yourself? Do you model accountability throughout your organization in your interactions with others, operating practices, and personal work habits? Personal and organizational ethics are one of the easiest things to talk about but hardest to walk. With the additional required partners in WIOA, we all have to work at creating powerful partnerships built on ethics and accountability.

This highly interactive keynote will address ethics and accountability directly through a practical, proven methodology you can employ to build accountability throughout your organization. Attendees will focus on how to get themselves, their team, and organization not just talking, but walking ethics and accountability. The content is driven by a collaborative and positive approach, cutting-edge literature, and real-world experiences of leaders across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to transform yourself and your team from talkers to walkers.

2:15 KACCTE Business Panel
Neil Fisher, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, KBS Constructors, Inc.; Joni Clark-Leiker, JCL Consulting; Jim Means, Director of Career and Technical Education, Wichita Public Schools; Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas State Board of Education; Deb Grunst, Westar Energy; and Alex Delaney, Owner, Indepsys Technology Group.
3:15 Break and Exhibit Visitation
3:30 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Terry Lee, Community Affairs Specialist (CAS), and Tracie Morris, Senior Community Affair Specialist, will discuss the integration of our free financial education and safe, affordable, insured deposit accounts into workforce programs.
4:30 Break and Exhibit Visitation
4:45 Make it Happen in Your Community!
Sponsored by the Kansas Enrichment Network
You won’t want to miss this session! Host Jevan Bremby interviews talented Kansas youth and their program leaders Tony Yungsberg from Waterville and Troy Chapman from Emporia about the best kept secrets in youth workforce development. Gather ideas for your community as interviewees share examples of how out-of-school programs spark youth interest in careers, develop 21st Century skills, and help youngsters prepare for future success.
5:45 Reflections from Day 1 – Eddie Estes
6:00 Reception, Cash Bar and Exhibit Visitation
6:30 Kansas Celebration Banquet sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce
The Times They are A-Changing
Larry Isaak
, President, Midwest Higher Education Compact
SDA Performance Awards
Mike Beene, Director of Employment Services, Kansas Department of Commerce
KACCTE Award of Merit Presentation
Presented by Stacy Smith, Kansas Department of Education
DAY 2 (January 18)
7:15 Continental Breakfast and Exhibit Visitation
8:00 The 2018 Legislative Update
Pat Roberts, U.S. Senate (Invited); Julia Lynn, Kansas Senate; Bud Estes, Kansas Senate; Ed Berger, Kansas Senate; Barbara Ballard, Kansas House of Representatives; Ken Rahjes, Kansas House of Representatives; and Brad Ralph, Kansas House of Representatives.
8:45 Proof is in the Panel – Testimony to the Technology-Related Bachelor’s Degree
See for yourself as Jennifer Pfortmiller, KSU Global Campus; Joseph Chretien, Fort Hays State University; and Greg Belcher, Professor and Director for the KCCTE, Pittsburg State University, facilitate a panel of graduates who will highlight the opportunities they had to specialize, customize and utilize their Bachelor’s degree following completion of an AAS degree. Hear from these examples of outstanding, dedicated workforce-trained employees who launched leading careers after completing their technology-related Bachelor’s degrees. In addition, learn how community college/technical college Associate of Applied Science graduates and workforce-ready citizens of Kansas can complete this degree too.
9:45 Break & Exhibit Visitation
10:00 U.S. Department of Labor Update
Christine Quinn, Regional Administrator of Region 5, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
10:45 Roadmap for Kansans with Disabilities
Steven Gieber, Executive Director, Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD), will facilitate a panel of people with disabilities who have been able to obtain employment with the help of the employment systems that are working here in Kansas.
11:15 Kansas Labor Market Update
Tyler Tenbrink, Labor Economist, Kansas Department of Labor, will present the latest statistics measuring the health of the Kansas labor market including job growth and industry performance.
11:55 Key Strategies and Commitment – Eddie Estes
12:00 Hit the Hill for Workforce Development
** Speakers subject to change**