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 11/9/2018)
Stay tuned as the agenda is continually updated.

Energizing Education, Economic Development and Employment:

DAY 1 (January 23)
9:00 Registration Begins
11:00 Exhibits Open
12:00 Opening Plenary Luncheon
Kansas Governor Elect Laura Kelly and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue have been invited.
12:45 Break and Exhibit Visitation
1:00 The Rural Dimensions of Workforce Development
Brian Dabson, Research Fellow at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will explore how rural areas are subject to the same broad economic forces that are radically reshaping sectors, industries, and occupations for the nation as a whole. This reshaping includes the very structure of employment, the untethering of employment from specific location, increased labor market volatility and changing hiring practices.

Dabson’s presentation is based on his essay published in the Federal Reserve System’s new publication Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers available at

2:15 ACCTE Business Panel
3:15 Break and Exhibit Visitation
3:30 Roadmap for Employing those with Disabilities
Steven Gieber, Executive Director, Council on Developmental Disabilities, will facilitate a panel of businesses who have employed people with disabilities with the help of the employment systems that are working in this region.
4:15 Regional Labor Market Update
Tyler Tenbrink, Labor Economist, Department of Labor, will present the latest statistics measuring the health of the regional labor market including job growth and industry performance.
5:00 Break and Exhibit Visitation
5:15 Enrichment Network Presentation
6:00 Reception, Cash Bar and Exhibit Visitation
6:30 Celebration Banquet sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce
Midwest Higher Education Compact Presentation
SDA Performance Awards
Presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce
KACCTE Award of Merit Presentation
Presented by the Kansas Department of Education
DAY 2 (January 24)
7:15 Continental Breakfast and Exhibit Visitation
8:00 The 2019 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 Resources that Support Financial Education and Workforce Programs
Carla Tillmon, Community Affairs Specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will discuss FDIC’s free resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in workforce programs.
9:30 Break & Exhibit Visitation
9:45 U.S. Department of Labor Update
Theo Coney, Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), will provide an overview of the VETS mission ( Prepare, Provide, Protect and Promote) and the services/resources offered. Coney will also briefly discuss the HIRE Veteran Medallion Program.
10:30 USDA Workforce Panel
Presented by the USDA. During the panel, speakers will discuss where have we been, where we are now, what is the future, and how do we get there.
11:55 Key Strategies and Commitment – Eddie Estes
12:00 Hit the Hill for Workforce Development
** Speakers/Presentations subject to change**