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Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Conference Registration

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Wednesday
9:30 am - 11:30 am


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Changes, What is new for NCWorks Online
NCWorks Online is constantly changing and adding features to handle both regulatory and ease of use changes. This session will show some of the most recent and upcoming changes in NCWorks Online and how it impacts staff every day. WIOA requires changes to how DWS must collect and report data for Title I and Title III and requires changes to NCWorks Online and how Enrollment will be recorded.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Port

Presenter:

  • Michael Hoskins, Director of Information Technology, Division of Workforce Solutions, NC Department of Commerce

Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 pm


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Moderator Training
Conference attendees who are assigned to moderate specific sessions should participate in this training.
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Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 pm


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NCETA New Member Orientation
Are you new to the North Carolina Employment and Training Association, or just want to learn more about NCETA? Come to this informative session where you can learn about our 51 years of excellence serving the workforce professionals in North Carolina.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: DeRosset

Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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Luncheon - General Opening Session
  • Welcome - Dr. Bob Witchger, NCETA President
  • Greetings from Wilmington - James “Jim” Kornegay, Chairman of the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and Member of Duplin County Partnership for Children
  • Special Recognition - Ginger Brick, Director of Workforce Development for the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and the Cape Fear Council of Governments
  • Conference Overview - Malinda Marsh, NCETA Vice-President

  • Danny Giddens, Assistant Secretary, NC Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions
  • Napoleon Wallace, Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Commerce
    Join our State Workforce Leaders for an update on program activities, projects, and successes across the state. Hear about the Governor’s new NC Job Ready Initiative that focuses on three core areas; employer leadership to remain relevant to evolving industry needs, skills and education attainment so North Carolinians are ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and local innovation to take great ideas and apply them statewide.

  • Peyton Holland, Executive Director, Skills USA, North Carolina
    "Next Generation Workforce & Closing the Skills Gap" - Finding skilled workers with the technical training and certification needed across a variety of industries is becoming a real challenge for organizations. How do we nurture career growth in our current employees? How do we close the skills gap in our organizations? How do we invest in talent and training that will have an ROI we can measure? Peyton addresses these challenges and presents a framework for finding, creating and nurturing skilled workers for any industry.
    tiny arrow bulletLocation: Caswell & Harnett

Moderator: Dr. Bob Witchger, President, NC Employment and Training Association

Wednesday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Exhibitor Displays- *Networking Session
The Exhibitors will be showing off their equipment, supplies, curriculum, and other goods and services designed to enhance employment and training. Drop by sometime during the conference to see what they have to offer.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Wednesday
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


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Vote for NCETA Officers
NCETA Members vote for new officers to lead NCETA from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. To be eligible to vote, Members must have paid their 2018-2019 membership dues. Look for the ballot box in the Exhibitor area.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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Employer Panel - Careers in Construction
This session provides deep insights into the Construction industry from education, labor, worker, and employer points of view. This diverse and dynamic group will share information about the industry, employment projections, skill gaps, training methods, and immediate workforce needs. Panelist will be asked about the variety of jobs and entry-level requirements as well as strategies for obtaining work in that industry. The intent of this panel is to share the diversity of jobs and to highlight the top in-demand occupations in each industry represented on the panel. This panel comprises a Corporate Construction VP of Workforce, Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Community College Construction Trades Dean, and a recent community college graduate working in the industry in southeast North Carolina.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenters:

  • John Ashworth, VP Workforce Development, Wayne Brothers (waynebrothers.com)
  • Rebecca Axford, Director, Raleigh-Durham JATC
  • Jonathan Begue, Dean of Construction Management, Cape Fear Community College
  • Mr. Jon Begue, Program Director, Construction Management & Carpentry, Cape Fear Community College
  • Ms. Alana Dos Santos, Project Manager for Bordeaux Construction, Construction Management Technology Graduate, Cape Fear Community College

Moderator: Bob Witchger, Director, Career Technical Education, NC Community Colleges

Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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ISD 2.0: The Four Tenets
Understanding Integrated Services is like eating an elephant, it can be done only one bite at a time!
This workshop presents a collaborative approach to understanding specific components of Integrated Service Delivery. Created through a combined team of representatives from both Workforce Boards and DWS, this session focuses on the 4 vital tenets of Integrated Services Delivery. We will offer information on better understanding of WHY ISD is so vital in our current workforce system to stay relevant in the changing economy. We will also divide the Integrated Service Delivery concept into 4 manageable components so that all workforce professionals can better understand the WHO, WHAT, HOW & WHY and build on key components to continuously improving their delivery systems.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • Jane Sterner, One-Stop System Director, Capital Area WDB
  • Jennifer Polk, Center Manager, Wayne County NCWorks Center

Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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Keeping our Youth Out of Trouble
We will be discussing a lot of scenarios that teens encounter that can put them in trouble with the law and could impact their employment possibilities. This includes drinking and drugs, assaults, stealing, counterfeiting, fake IDs, and more. What are the legal consequences of these actions? Let's talk.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenter:

  • Chris Droessler, CTE Coordinator, NC Community College System

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Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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Serving All: Using Assistive Technology in Employment and Training
This session will provide an overview of assistive technology services and resources in North Carolina, as well as provide guidelines to assist in ensuring that your services and training is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology devices and universal design concepts and products will be shown. Common areas that are forgotten when reviewing accessibility will be addressed offering suggestions and resources to assist in developing a more accessible program in order to serve individuals with varying abilities.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenters:

  • Tammy Koger, Director, NC Assistive Technology Program
  • Julie Dutchess, Assistive Technologist - North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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The Mentalist Approach -- Part I (Part II is on Thursday)
This enlightening and entertaining presentation goes beyond winning friends and influencing people. It is designed to offer participants a comprehensive understanding of psychological techniques ranging from basic to advanced along with practical applications for these techniques in both personal and professional situations. From his experience as a professional hypnotist and mentalist, John has transformed a performing art into a means of enhancing relationships in all areas of life.

The topics covered in this session include:

  • Neurolinguistic Programming (Conversational Hypnosis)
  • Advanced Body Language Reading
  • Influence and Persuasion Techniques
  • Advanced Rapport Building
  • Direct and Indirect Subconscious Suggestion
  • How to Affect Psychological State Changes

This is an interactive presentation with live examples, hands on interactive exercises, and audience based demonstrations of how to use and apply the information outlined above. Whether you want to create change in your clients, colleagues, or even your own life, these are skills that can be put into practice immediately.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • John Greene, Magician, Mentalist, Hypnotist,

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Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


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Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning (WBL) is a college/business coordinated, coherent sequence of job-related experiences that coincide with a students' academic program, career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation, and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries, or other organizations in the community. These experiences, which include internships, apprenticeships and skills competitions, are designed to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and the world of work. Students gain knowledge in applying hard skills as well as developing soft skills necessary for today's workforce. Today's panel will discuss methods of effectively introducing work-based learning by engaging students, employers, faculty and staff.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenters:

  • Peyton Holland, Executive Director, SkillsUSA North Carolina
  • Dale Yarborough, Field Supervisor, Division of Workforce Solutions - ApprenticeshipNC
  • Beth Agnello, Director - Work-Based Learning and Manufacturing Skills Certification at Forsyth Tech Community College

Wednesday
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm


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Break- *Networking Session
Take time to visit with the Exhibitors
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Employer Panel - Careers in Construction
This session provides deep insights into the Construction industry from education, labor, worker, and employer points of view. This diverse and dynamic group will share information about the industry, employment projections, skill gaps, training methods, and immediate workforce needs. Panelist will be asked about the variety of jobs and entry-level requirements as well as strategies for obtaining work in that industry. The intent of this panel is to share the diversity of jobs and to highlight the top in-demand occupations in each industry represented on the panel. This panel comprises a Corporate Construction VP of Workforce, Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Community College Construction Trades Dean, and a recent community college graduate working in the industry in southeast North Carolina.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenters:

  • John Ashworth, VP Workforce Development, Wayne Brothers (waynebrothers.com)
  • Rebecca Axford, Director, Raleigh-Durham JATC
  • Jonathan Begue, Dean of Construction Management, Cape Fear Community College
  • Mr. Jon Begue, Program Director, Construction Management & Carpentry, Cape Fear Community College
  • Ms. Alana Dos Santos, Project Manager for Bordeaux Construction, Construction Management Technology Graduate, Cape Fear Community College

Moderator: Bob Witchger, Director, Career Technical Education, NC Community Colleges

Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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How the WIOA Common Measures Impact Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs
The WIOA established a set of common measures for Adult and Dislocated Workers across all core programs. This workshop will walk you through how each Common Measure impacts your programs.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenter:

  • Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

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Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 101 
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Key Issues and Challenges for Workforce Boards Members and Staff
In passing WIOA, Congress sought to revitalize workforce development boards through changes in both board membership and roles. Whether you call them WDBs or something else, they are different from the WIBs and PICs of previous programs. Above all, the Congress expects the boards to oversee a local or regional "workforce system" not just the programs authorized under Title I of WIOA. The legislation delineates 13 specific functions for workforce boards, and DOL regulations add a few duties as well. But the two most important functions of the board we will discuss are never mentioned in the legislation or regulations. Join a discussion of the world of the WIOA boards.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • Bob Knight, Director, Workforce Policy & Government Relations, ResCare Workforce Services

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Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Preparing Young Adults for Careers of the Future
What are we doing to prepare our young adults for careers that may not yet exist, in worlds that may not even exist, solving problems that may not yet exist? When updating our training programs should we be listening to educators, politicians, employers, or the guy making this presentation? This eye-opening presentation examines job market trends, skills that employers are demanding, career pathways, career interests, changes in postsecondary education, and economic globalization. How can we prepare our youth for life in a scary world that we know so little about?
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenter:

  • Chris Droessler, CTE Coordinator, NC Community College System

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Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Take Success To The Next Level
If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it. By learning to track the performance of the NCWorks Career Centers, management and staff can quickly implement improvement processes to better serve customers. Measuring the effectiveness of career center operations will provide all job seekers, and businesses with high quality career, training and supportive services that they need to succeed. Reviewing and managing performance measures will allow for change and opportunities for continuous improvement.
The utilization of a performance measures template may result in:
  • meeting and maintaining Career Center certification criteria as it relates to performance
  • providing evidence of One-Stop operation performance to measure efficiencies
  • providing leverage to procure future contractor(s)
  • providing a baseline for tracking continuous improvement now and in the future
  • providing clarity of roles for Career Center management and staff while helping them understand how the work they do impacts the overall operations
  • performance and community success
  • supplying the workforce board with a center-to-center summary of operational performance and return on investment
  • demonstrating to workforce stakeholders (chief elected officials, legislators, community leaders, etc.) that the services carried out within each career center does improve employment outcomes and improves the workforce.

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • Wendy Johnson, Director, Western Piedmont Workforce Development
  • Larry Donley, Northeast Regional Operations Director - Division of Workforce Solutions / NCWorks

Wednesday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Veteran Transition - Advance Manufacturing
Valor into Purpose provides industry-based welding training to active duty transitioning service members, veterans and the local community to prepare them for a career in the industrial and construction craft industry. Valor into Purpose in partnership with Riley Power Group is currently working to implement a welding program for transitioning service members at Fort Bragg to help them build the skills and to help them gain possible employment in a quickly growing construction industry.

This initiative allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to six-months prior to their separation date with command authorization. Through the Valor into Purpose Program, military service members at each location will receive sixteen weeks of welding training at little to no cost to the active duty member. Every participant in this training program will be certified in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) upon successfully passing required weld tests.

Service members who graduate from the Valor into Purpose Welding Training Program gain the skills necessary to perform exceptionally well in the industrial and construction craft industry with a specific focus on welding.

Since 2013, industry partner Riley Power Group, has supported the training of welders and employing them including onsite at Newport News Shipyard and General Dynamics Electric Boat. The industry is expected to continue to be an important source of well-paying, highly skilled jobs for veterans now and in the future.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenters:

  • Brenda Thompson, Education and Training Director, Valor into Purpose
  • Melanie Riley, General Manager, Riley Power Group Co-owner and General Manager

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Wednesday
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm


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Regional Caucus Meeting - Eastern Region
All are welcome to participate.

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tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Wednesday
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm


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Regional Caucus Meeting - Piedmont (Central) Region
All are welcome to participate.

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tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Wednesday
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm


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Regional Caucus Meeting - Western Region
All are welcome to participate.

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tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Wednesday
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Evening Reception- *Networking Session
Food and fellowship with a great view of the ocean.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Hospitality Room 331

Wednesday
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Dinner on your Own- *Networking Session
Enjoy all that Wilmington has to offer!
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Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 am


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Continental Breakfast- *Networking Session

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
8:30 am - 9:30 am


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General Session -- WIOA: Nearing 4 Years, What Have We Learned So Far?
President Obama signed into law the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act on July 22, 2014. However, various elements of the legislation were implemented over a period that ran until the end of 2017. So what have we learned thus far about: MOUs, work-based learning, new youth program focus, competitive procurement, one-stop operators, infrastructure cost sharing, changes in board membership and roles, new performance criteria, and the list goes on? Share what you have learned since WIOA became the law of the land and learn how your colleagues see the new world.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Caswell & Harnett

Presenter:

  • Bob Knight, Director, Workforce Policy & Government Relations, ResCare Workforce Services

Moderator: Dr. Bob Witchger, Director, Career and Technical Education, NC Community College System, Raleigh, NC

Thursday
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


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Vote for NCETA Officers
NCETA Members vote for new officers to lead NCETA from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. To be eligible to vote, Members must have paid their 2018-2019 membership dues. Look for the ballot box in the Exhibitor area.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Exhibitor Displays- *Networking Session
The Exhibitors will be showing off their equipment, supplies, curriculum, and other goods and services designed to enhance employment and training. Drop by sometime during the conference to see what they have to offer.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
9:30 am - 9:45 am


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Break- *Networking Session
Take time to visit with the Exhibitors
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


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Engaging Employers for Youth
Do you want to enhance your work-based learning outcomes? Learn innovative career pathways strategies? Build a youth talent pipeline that meets employer needs? EDSI operates the NCWorks NextGen Career Center in Raleigh, a top technological and educational hub for the nation. Public and private grant funding through the Department of Labor and Duke Progress Energy have provided the center opportunities to expand WIOA youth services making a direct impact on work-based learning outcomes. An exciting partnership with Wake Technical Community College and Cisco Systems has offered job shadowing and professional development for youth customers leading to work experience and On the Job Training opportunities.

By participating in this workshop, audience members will acquire innovative strategies to recruit youth customers, tips to collaborate with training providers/employers to enhance career pathways, and develop a youth talent pipeline that targets in-demand occupations.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenter:

  • Patrick Buford, Operations Manager, EDSI

Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


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Free Memberships Available! Join the "Business Services Connection" for Employer Growth & Prosperity
Don’t miss this opportunity for a free membership to the “Business Services Connection”, compliments of the NC Division of Workforce Solutions. Benefits include a range of programs for business success: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), Business Wellness, Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and the Maximize Carolina Sector Grant. Join us for a CliffsNotes version of the what, why, and how of these benefits – ending with a fun membership reward!
  • WARN is Federal legislation that protects employees, their families and the community by requiring that a covered employer provide a minimum 60-day notification as it pertains to a mass layoff or facility closure. WARN triggers Rapid Response.
  • Business Wellness is an array of proactive programming and resources to help struggling businesses avoid layoff or closure. Saving jobs is the ultimate goal.
  • WOTC is a Federal tax credit for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. WOTC incentivizes workplace diversity and facilitates access to good jobs for American workers.
  • Maximize Carolina Sector Grants - When business is booming, employers may struggle to find workers. This grant helps business partnerships finance collaborative projects to address applicant pipeline gaps in robust and emerging industry sectors.

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • Yolanda Farrington, Rapid Response Field Representative, Division of Workforce Solutions, Business Services group
  • Tim Lucas, Rapid Response/Layoff Aversion Specialist, Division of Workforce Solutions, Business Services group
  • Freeman Denton, Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program Coordinator, Division of Workforce Solutions, Business Services group
  • Marie Griffin, NC Sector Partnership Lead, Division of Workforce Solutions, Business Services group

Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


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News from Washington
The workforce development priorities of the new Administration have begun to emerge with a focus on growing apprenticeships and plans for funding cuts. But will Congress go along? And what does the new team at the U.S. Department of Labor have in mind regarding WIOA regulations? Is the plan for an infrastructure program dead for now? What will plans to implement more stringent work requirements in programs such as SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid and housing assistance mean for current workforce partners? WIOA oversight has begun in the House even as some aspects of the new system are barely implemented. Meanwhile will TANF be reauthorized with modifications this year or next? Join us for all the news that's fit to print and then some.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • Bob Knight, Director, Workforce Policy & Government Relations, ResCare Workforce Services

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Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


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The Effective Case Manager
Good case managers are caring and compassionate. Effective Case Managers combine their care and compassion with skills and strategies that will move participants toward employment.
In this workshop you will learn how to:
  • Make your case management outcome focused
  • Organize and structure your case management process in a step by step manner
  • Use the case management process to help participants get ready for and manage change
  • Build partnerships that empower participants to share responsibilities with you for achieving outcomes
  • Help participants develop the skills they need to become more self-sufficient

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenter:

  • Beverly O. Ford, PhD, Consultant,

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Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


session # 106 
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Understand the Nature of Business and How to Promote your Business Services
This workshop will discuss the importance of meeting business needs by promoting the products, services and resources to the business community.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenter:

  • Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

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Thursday
9:45 am - 10:45 am


session # 109 
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Wanted: Electric Line Workers
Come to this workshop and learn how the training providers and apprenticeship came together to listen and respond to the needs of the industry, using the tools they possess to meet employment demands. This panel will represent the community college, workforce development and industry representatives.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenters:

  • Margaret Roberton, AVP, Workforce and Continuing Education, NC Community College System
  • Dale Yarborough, Field Supervisor, Apprenticeship and Training, NC Community College System
  • Melissa Maranda, ElectriCities
  • Mitch Hardy, Director of Employee Relations for Pike Electric

Thursday
10:45 am - 11:00 am


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Break- *Networking Session
Take time to visit with the Exhibitors
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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How to Achieve Successful In-Program Skills Gain for Youth Programs
This workshop will examine how to achieve successful Literacy/Numeracy gains as it relates to the WIOA In-Program Skills Gain measure. In addition, you will examine strategies for meeting this measure and achieving desired outcomes.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenter:

  • Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

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Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


session # 114 
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Making Career Pathways Everyone's Business
Certified career pathways matter because making the right career choices to attain great jobs matter! Students, job seekers and their families deserve the chance to enhance their economic and social mobility. Certified Career Pathways are road maps connecting making this possible.
This workshop will present and discuss the benefits of regions working together collectively and raising their awareness by advancing the NCWorks Certified Career Pathways system. Creating effective and efficient skills development systems are a shared responsibility of all stakeholders requiring real partnerships and collective action.
This session will have two parts:
  • Panel discussion offers the opportunity to hear from experts and practitioners from across the state about their experiences working together on Certified Career Pathways. Panelists will share the many benefits gained through participation in the certified career pathway process.
  • Interactive group activity offers the opportunity for participants to share their perspectives and explore ways to help advance NCWorks Certified Career Pathways. We will also examine the career pathways messaging strategies for increasing awareness and how to effectively market pathways to students, job seekers and the general public.

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • Kris Xaypangna, Career Pathways Facilitator, NC Dept. of Commerce
  • Scott Panagrosso, Certified Career Pathways Facilitator, NCWorks Career Center, Fayetteville
  • Brandi Bragg, Career Pathways Facilitator - Northeast, Department of Commerce

Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


session # 110 
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Managing Your Caseload
You want every participant in your caseload to achieve program outcomes. Realistically you know that won't happen. In this workshop learn how to develop strategies that will help you meet program outcomes with the largest number of participants possible while preserving your energy.
Learn how to:
  • Identify who is really a part of your caseload
  • Sort your participants into categories so you can determine where they are relative to outcomes
  • Prioritize each category to determine where to spend your time and effort
  • Distinguish between "needy" and "ready" participants
  • Determine the level of case management needed for each group of participants

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenter:

  • Beverly O. Ford, PhD, Consultant,

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Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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National Career Readiness Certification - NCRC 2.0 Update
This session will focus on updates on the new NCRC 2.0 platform. Participants will walk away with knowledge and resources on the NCRC 2.0 transition as is has kicked off in North Carolina.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenter:

  • Marchelle Horner, State Lead, NC - Client Relations, ACT, Inc.

Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


session # 113 
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Thinking Outside "The Box"
All workforce professionals are familiar with “the box,” that box on almost all applications asking if the individual has any history of arrest or conviction. Since 1 out of 3 working age adults have a criminal record, this is an issue you are bound to face in your work. Come receive an overview of the services offered by the NC Department of Commerce and the NCWorks Career Centers for individuals who have criminal records. You will be introduced to a rebranding effort the agency is undertaking to better align with a national movement toward making reentry a priority. Come learn about incentives available to employers who are willing to hire individuals with criminal records and other barriers.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • Wendi Bowen Eure, NC Commerce Reentry Coordinator, NC Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions

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Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship: A Perfect Match
Hear from a national representative with the Office of Apprenticeship regarding the connections between WIOA and Registered Apprenticeship, including opportunities, challenges, and expectations with Title I in particular. Session highlights include how to fund components of Registered Apprenticeship programs, examples of what’s working in other places, sponsors as automatically eligible for placement on the statewide ETPL, and more!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenter:

  • Maria Remboulis Brady, Multi-State Navigator, Office of Apprenticeship/ Dallas Regional Office

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Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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Lunch on your Own- *Networking Session

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Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


session # 119 
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Employer Panel - Careers in Information Technology
Do you want to learn more about hiring in the Information Technology industry? Join us for this informative IT Industry roundtable featuring IT professionals. This Q&A session will allow conference attendees to gain insight about the talent management needs, industry specific challenges, and hiring practices of these unique IT companies.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenters:

  • Royce Nobles, Lead Software Architect, NCino
  • Jim Hall, Chief Technology Officer, N2 Publishing
  • Sarah Wright, HR Manager, Sturdy Corp
  • David Reeser, IT Works, Owner, Wilmington, NC
  • Stan Martin, IT Works, Wilmington, NC

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Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


session # 118 
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Job Development Youth Remix
This workshop will help you develop strategies and techniques to be more efficient in preparing jobs seekers for targeted employment opportunities. You will understand the need to develop a clear and consistent definition and process for promoting job ready applicants.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenter:

  • Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

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Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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Leveraging Partnerships
What does “Leveraging Partnerships really mean? We use the term every day but are we really doing what we say. Join these two dynamic business services professionals and learn about the benefits of partnering with your career center staff to build and maintain the partnerships that are crucial to success. These two professionals know the benefits and are willing to share the “how” with you. Don’t miss it!!!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenters:

  • Alexis Franks, Program Manager, EDSI
  • Lou Grillo, Business Services Manager, Kerr Tar Workforce Development Board

Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


session # 122 
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Positive Community Impact Through Partnership and Service
The North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has partnered together to implement the Food and Nutrition Employment and Training (FNS E&T) Program. This initiative coordinates training, employment opportunities, and supportive services for recipients of FNS benefits using community college Education Navigators who provide educational assessments, aide in determining appropriate educational pathways, determine educational/employability plans of action, assist in accessing community college resources, coordinate with DSS staff for participant supportive services, and provide outcome measures tracking. Come hear about the multi- level benefits and impacts this initiative has had on the colleges, the local DSS, and the community and how the NCWorks Centers can assist this partnership in placing these trained individuals into the workforce.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • Terethea Bell, Coordinator of Special Projects, NC Community College System
  • Nicola Allen, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mary Moore, Education Navigator, Durham Community College

Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


session # 116 
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The Power of Groups
Meeting with participants one on one can be time consuming and often not as productive. This session will give you practical easy to implement ideas for conducting many case management tasks in group settings. These include: assessment, developing and revising employment plan, reengaging, and follow up.
Learn how to:
  • Identify where you can group participants
  • Organize and structure groups to achieve the outcomes you want
  • Engage participants to actively participate in group discussions
  • Use groups to create peer pressure and to expand participants' support networks
  • Use groups to engage participants in sharing expertise and resources

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenter:

  • Beverly O. Ford, PhD, Consultant,

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Thursday
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


session # 130 
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Working with People who are like Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the TV series "The Big Bang Theory"
Though the TV network has never confirmed this, Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the TV series The Big Bang Theory exhibits many of the characteristics of a mild form of Autism, which used to be called Asperger's Syndrome.

We see similar characters in Dr. Spencer Reid from the TV series Criminal Minds, Walter O'Brien from the TV series Scorpion, and Raymond Babbitt from the movie Rain Man.

How can we reach the people who are socially awkward and just don't seem to fit in?
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenter:

  • Chris Droessler, CTE Coordinator, NC Community College System

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Thursday
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


session # 81 
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Break- *Networking Session
Take time to visit with the Exhibitors
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 128 
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Braiding Funds to Support Registered Apprenticeship
Hear from a national representative with the Office of Apprenticeship on the potential for braided funding opportunities - not just with the State's Apprenticeship Expansion Grant - but even within the various titles of WIOA. Discussion topics include how WIOA Titles I, II, III and IV can support apprentices and apprenticeship programs, how TAA dollars could likewise support apprenticeship, and the difference between blended and braided funding.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenter:

  • Maria Remboulis Brady, Multi-State Navigator, Office of Apprenticeship/ Dallas Regional Office

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Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 123 
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Case Management Strategies for Youth Programs
This workshop focuses on strategies for engaging youth in the cycle of program services. You will learn how to utilize strategies that will increase program participation, improve documentation efforts, and increase case management efficiency
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenter:

  • Rick Record, Executive Director, Rrecord Consulting Services

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Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 126 
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Diversity at our Doors
When working with customers with disabilities to assist them with job seeking, career counseling or job training, communicating effectively is the essential. Customers with disabilities should feel confident when entering our doors knowing our staff and professionals are sensitive to their communication needs and services. Our collaborative relationships with customers who utilize our job services are dependent upon our staff knowing what to do and say to communicate with customers with disabilities. Enriching the ability of our colleagues and staff to communicate in a relaxed, spontaneous conversation with persons who have a disability is essential for quality services. Come and join us as we learn in a comfortable setting. Bring your questions you always wanted to ask but were afraid too.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenters:

  • Thelma Cox, Regional Employment Specialist, NC DHHS-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Frances Robinson, Regional Employment Specialist, NC DHHS-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Tammy Wade, Regional Employment Specialist, NC DHHS-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 124 
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LEAD - Tools of the Trade
Need a few extra tools for your job seekers and career planners? Looking for career resources that you can use when working with customers and that they can access independently? Put on your hardhat, buckle up your tool belt, and step into this session about career planning tools developed by the Labor & Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) of the Department of Commerce. LEAD's North Carolina labor market information-based NCCareers.org site supplies information about wages, occupation and industry projections, occupational licensure, budgeting, career clusters, and more!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenter:

  • Judy Woodson Bruhn, Career Resource Specialist, LEAD, NC Department of Commerce

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Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 127 
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Reporting Basics in NCWorks Online
Do you need a breakdown of all activities entered by staff? How about the services provided to employers or individuals? Do you need a list of Veterans with special barriers to employment? Join us at this session as we discuss some of the more useful and significant reports that NCWorks Reports have to offer. Will also discuss best practices and helpful tips for navigating the various types of reports as well as all those filters. Just the basics!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenter:

  • Patrick McKemie, Department of Commerce - Division of Workforce Solutions

Thursday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


session # 125 
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The Mentalist Approach -- Part II (Part I is on Wednesday)
This enlightening and entertaining presentation goes beyond winning friends and influencing people. It is designed to offer participants a comprehensive understanding of psychological techniques ranging from basic to advanced along with practical applications for these techniques in both personal and professional situations. From his experience as a professional hypnotist and mentalist, John has transformed a performing art into a means of enhancing relationships in all areas of life.

The topics covered in this session include:

  • Neurolinguistic Programming (Conversational Hypnosis)
  • Advanced Body Language Reading
  • Influence and Persuasion Techniques
  • Advanced Rapport Building
  • Direct and Indirect Subconscious Suggestion
  • How to Affect Psychological State Changes

This is an interactive presentation with live examples, hands on interactive exercises, and audience based demonstrations of how to use and apply the information outlined above. Whether you want to create change in your clients, colleagues, or even your own life, these are skills that can be put into practice immediately.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • John Greene, Magician, Mentalist, Hypnotist,

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Thursday
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm


session # 129 
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Break- *Networking Session
Take time to visit with the Exhibitors
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Grand Concourse

Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 131 
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At the Corner of Apprenticeship and Pathways: Where Registered Apprenticeships and Certified Intersect
Hear from representatives from Apprenticeship NC and NCWorks Certified Career Pathways on how the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Department of Commerce collaborate to develop a more effective workforce development system by working together to align certified career pathways and registered apprenticeships. Presenters will provide snapshots of work in their regions between the two agencies.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Lillington-Caswell

Presenters:

  • Demorrio Thomas, Certified Career Pathways Facilitator, DWS NC Commerce
  • Patricia Thompson, Certified Career Pathways Facilitator, DWS NC Commerce
  • Elizabeth Standafer, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, Economic Development Division, North Carolina

Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 134 
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Career Pathways for Workforce Development Professionals
Workforce development professionals spend so much time developing career paths for their customers, they rarely take time to see their own potential. Learn how to work with the mentors in your life to decide on the direction your career should be going in. Engage in career planning activities to further expose yourself to the full potential of your career. Plan on attending this innovative workshop centered around developing your own career in workforce development. It’s time to think about your career pathway and decide what your next move should be. If you plan to stay in the industry, you must plan on joining us for this interactive session.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Merrick

Presenters:

  • Sonja Godsey, Center Manager, Johnston County NCWorks Career Center
  • Susan Oney, Operations Manager, EDSI, Oxford, NC

Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 120 
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Release For Success - Not Return
This presentation will offer insight into how various stakeholders can work together to ensure the successful return of released offenders to society. It takes a collaborative effort of many to accomplish this with the first and most important piece being a motivated offender who sincerely wishes to make positive change in their life.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Harnett

Presenter:

  • Shane Tharrington, Manager of Inmate Classification & Mainframe Technical Support, NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction, Prisons

Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 132 
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There is No Box!
Youth transitioning through foster care face many challenges that impact their overall success. Studies have shown that a high number of former foster youth are homeless, dependent on public assistance, and unemployed, and they are less likely to attend and graduate from college. In addition, the effects of abuse and neglect, as well as the associated stressors such as the removal from parents, changes in placement and school, and the stigma related to being in foster care, may make former foster youth more vulnerable to developmental difficulties during their transition to self-sufficiency. This workshop will explore the impact of systematic regulations and barriers on outcomes for youth transitioning through foster care as relates to employment, housing, education and transportation, and identify ways to reduce the impact.

Let’s discuss ways to empower youth transitioning through the foster care system to identify natural and long-lasting supports. The goal is to formulate creative strategies driven by the young adult to promote self-sufficiency and autonomy. There is no box to fit everyone!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Starboard

Presenters:

  • LeAnn McKoy, LINKS Coordinator, Chatham County Department of Social Services
  • Erin Conner, LINKS Program Coordinator, NC Division of Social Services
  • Erin Baluyot, Social Services Program Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Social Services

Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 82 
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TriadWorks' Regional Approach to Certified Career Pathways
TriadWorks is a consortium of Workforce Development Boards in the Piedmont-Triad Region who work together on projects of mutual benefit to the Region. One of their joint efforts is NCWorks Certified Career Pathways. Within the last two years, the NC Works Commission has certified career pathways that aim to prepare people for high paying, high demand jobs within their areas of residence. Each pathway must be regional and meet eight best practice criteria and be developed by partners that led by employers and include, but are not limited to: local education agencies (LEAs) and community colleges. TriadWorks now has certification for four NCWorks Career Pathways.

In this presentation, representatives of the TriadWorks Career Pathways Leadership Team will share their approach to developing the pathways and some of the next steps for implementation.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Carolina

Presenters:

  • WV Yarbrough, Ph.D., Career Pathways Facilitator, NC Department of Commerce-Division of Workforce Solutions
  • Melissa Smith, Business Services Professional, Project Lead- Aviation Certified Career Pathway - Guilford County Workforce Development Board

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Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


session # 133 
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Using NCWorks Labor Market Analysis
How much should you pay a Registered Nurse in Cleveland County? What industry employs the most people in Harnett County? Who are the education and training providers in the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board? Why are these important? All these answers are held within the NCWorks Labor Market Analysis. If you are sometimes overwhelmed by the seemingly endless information and links of data with broad, confusing titles, please stop by and get some tips from a couple of data guys. You will learn the best widgets (as well as what's a widget?!?), quickest paths to answers, and discover the very best that NCWorks has to offer.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Skinner

Presenter:

  • Patrick McKemie, NCWorks Specialist, Division of Workforce Solutions

Thursday
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


session # 19 
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Dinner- *Networking Session
This will be a time for sharing your memories, catching up with your friends, and relaxing for the evening. Good food too!
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Cape Fear Ballroom

Thursday
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


session # 135 
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John Greene Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show!!!- *Networking Session
While other shows may contain some audience involvement, a hypnosis show is the only live entertainment where the guests ARE the show!

Whether you’re hypnotized or simply watching, hypnosis is pound for pound the funniest, most remembered entertainment available. Even if the participants on stage don’t remember that much, their friends and family will be sure to fill them in later. Even if they don’t believe it, we create a video of each show so you can have proof!

This is one of the most fast-paced, high-caliber, live shows in existence with action that packs the most laughs legally allowed in one show.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Cape Fear Ballroom

Presenter:

  • John Greene, Mentalist/Hypnotist,

Thursday
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm


session # 139 
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Dance/Karaoke- *Networking Session
Come network with colleagues and dance a little, sing a little, or just sit back and watch those who do.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Cape Fear Ballroom

Presenter:

  • Chris Droessler & John Greene, Musicologists,

Friday
9:00 am - 10:30 am


session # 77 
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Breakfast Buffet & NCETA Business Meeting
  • NCETA General Membership Meeting
  • Election Results - Jerry Broome, NCETA Board Member
  • Bylaws Update - Mose Dorsey, NCETA Board Member
  • Participant Recognition
  • Recognition of Emerging Young Professionals

tiny arrow bulletLocation: Caswell & Harnett

Friday
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


session # 15 
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Closing Session - "The Art of Encouragement and the Healing Power of Humor"
Encouragement is literally the art of instilling courage and humor heals; both are extremely contagious! Shift your perspective and train your brain to focus on what works rather than what does not. Learn to expect the best from yourself and others and watch as it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Explore the science behind the power of thoughts, words and humor, while practicing permanent strategies for encouraging yourself and others.
tiny arrow bulletLocation: Caswell & Harnett

Presenter:

  • Gail Ostrishko, Speaker, Author, Coach, Insight Ignites!

Moderator: Dr. Bob Witcher, NCETA President

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