Northwest Career Colleges Federation
47th Annual Conference

Conference in Review!

Y’Eli Buonya, a graduate of TLG Learning Center, Bellevue, Washington, was awarded 2016 Graduate of the Year at the conference.

Gene Rathbun, Medical Assisting instructor with Pima Medical Institute, Seattle, was awarded the 2016 Instructor of the Year at the annual conference.


Conference Breakouts – Presentation Resources

Accommodating Students With DisabilitiesPresented by Chris DeLuca
Defense To Borrower Repayment Presented by Tom Netting, Akerman
           Note:  this presentation is based on the last version of the proposed language from the negotiations, and may – or may not – be the language contained in the Federal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and call for community comment that is expected to be published in June 2016.
ACCSC Best Practices Presentation 2016Presented by Dr. Michale McComis
Legislative and Federal Update – Presented by Tom Netting, Akerman
Key Steps for Evaluating Textbooks for Adoption– Presented by Sally Daluge, FA Davis
Cyber Liability – Presented by Bob Kretzmer, VW Brown Insurance
10 Steps to Prevent Data Breach – Presented by Bob Kretzmer, VW Brown Insurance
Teaching Students Customer Service – Presented by Matt Schmoker, Legacy Solutions
EEOC DOL & Employment Law – Presented by Darren Feider, Sebris Busto James











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Schedule of Events THANKS to our Premier Conference Sponsor! HJS_Logo
May 18 – 20, 2016

Pre- Conference Events
May 18, 2016

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM   Workshop                                                                              
Leading and Teaching Through ChangeSponsored by Milady
Some things stay the same … but more common is change. During this workshop, Milady’s premier presenter will guide cosmetology teachers through cutting-edge techniques that help faculty navigate change and deliver training in a positive, results-driven learning environment. (This workshop is part of the Master Educator program. Participants will be provided certificates of completion.)

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM      NWCCF Board of Directors meeting                 

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM   Workshop                                                                                 
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Annual Training
This three-hour training program will address many topics required by VAWA, including:

  • Identifying and reporting domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking
  • Explaining the victims’ rights in all processes and procedures
  • Investigating, responding to and rendering findings on complaint

One of the key elements of the new law is that any disciplinary proceedings involving cases of sexual misconduct must be conducted by school officials who receive annual training on issues of sexual misconduct. This annual training must also include instruction on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
Presented by Chris DeLuca, DeLuca Law

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM    Elsevier “Sherpath” Demonstration
All are invited to learn about Sherpath, a digital-first, personalized teaching and learning technology build specifically for health sciences education.  Sherpath’s simple, seamless, and supportive environment saves time and provides meaningful learning analytics to drive outcomes for students, educators, and administrators.

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM   Workshop                                                                                           
Igniting Admissions in a Tough Environment If you’re looking to improve your start rate and student admissions experience, this workshop is a must. Take important steps to increasing your start rate success by learning:

  • The influencers of a poor and strong show-rate
  • How to keep students engaged and motivated to start
  • Gain and maintain a student’s commitment level
  • Insights into industry best practices to consistently securing solid start-rates

During this energetic session you’ll learn proven techniques that help prospective students stay engaged and start class. 
Presented by Matt Schmoker, Legacy Solutions

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
NWCCF Annual General Membership Meeting – All members welcome
All members are welcome to attend the annual meeting. The agenda includes voting on Board of Director nominees, a review of the year and what’s ahead for the Federation.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM   Welcome Cocktail Reception with Exhibitors & Registration

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM     Special Presentation                            

“Injustice for All” Presented by Mary Lyn Hammer You heard about the initial findings at the 2015 annual conference. This evening you’ll learn of the findings disclosed in her book, “Injustice for all: The Truth about the Annihilation of American Education Ideals.” Ms. Hammer will discuss the consistent misreporting of actual data facts, how this manipulation has been used to support educational policies that have been catastrophic to schools, how this limits students’ educational options. Learn what you can do to help get action in Washington, D.C.   Includes a buffet dinner.


Thursday, May 19th

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM   Registration & Time with Exhibitors

Accrediting Agency Member Meetings
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
ACCET – Conference lobby
ACICS – Hemlock
NACCAS – Cedar
COMTA – Confernce Foyer
ABHES – Conference Foyer
10:00 AM General Opening Session                                                       

Welcome and Opening Comments – Dion McNeeley, NWCCF President
Keynote Address provided by   Michale McComis, Ed.D., Executive Director,
Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges

11:00 AM             This session by Invitation only 
State regulatory agency representatives and national accreditors closed-door meeting

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Accommodating Students With Disabilities: The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by recipients of Federal financial assistance (both public and private). Under their program participation agreements, Title IV institutions agree to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the implementing regulations banning discrimination on the basis of physical handicap. Schools must be aware of their obligations under these laws, and of the rights of students during the admissions process as well as while they are attending school. During this session you will learn about student rights under Section 504 and the ADA, a school’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodations, and recent developments regarding the provision of services to disabled students.
Presented by Chris DeLuca, DeLuca Law

Preparing for Your Annual Audit                                     

During this important session we’ll share tips to help you prepare for a financial statement audit as well as the financial aid audit.  We will also discuss top audit findings and procedures you can implement to prevent your school from receiving findings.
Presented by Brenda Scherer and Diane DiFebbo, CliftonLarsonAllen

Data Driven Decision-Making
Information is today’s most valuable asset.  Every day you and your team make key Marketing and Admissions decisions that impact the success of your school, decisions based on partial information, estimation, instinct, or no information at all.  In this session Saj will share tools used by the pros that you can implement immediately and affordably to gain invaluable insights, data, and information that empower you to make smarter decisions and control outcomes.  Information is knowledge, and knowing will help you plan, project, and succeed – a key session for owners, admissions, and marketers.
Presented by Saj Butts, Great Exposure & CampusLogin

Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch with Exhibitors
                       Program includes Outstanding Graduate and Instructor Awards and “Vendor Speed Dating”

1:00 PM   “It Just Keeps Coming, Folks!”
An update from Washington, D.C.
Presented by Tom Netting, Akerman, LLP

2:15 – 3:00 PM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Cyber Security and Data Breach – A school primer               
Hacking hasn’t bypassed many individuals or companies and the results are disastrous. The security of your student records and business administration is at risk. During this critical session you’ll learn about liability trends, common data breach causes, growing trends in the cyber world and best practices to avoid being a victim. We’ll discuss cyber liability resources, why schools need specific coverage to protect operations, and five common objections to buying cyber liability coverage.
Presented by Robert N. Kretzmer, CIC, VW Brown Insurance Service

No Time to Waste: Key habits of a highly effective admissions team         
In an environment where competition for students can be fierce, admissions teams need to bring their “A” game to make sure their school stands out. Enrollment success takes methodical planning, discipline, and a solid grasp of enrollment best practices that make the most of incoming inquiries. In this session, we will share new research on admissions outreach best practices that unlock enrollment productivity and inspire admissions teams to peak performance. Attendees will leave with meaningful metrics and tactics that can energize their own enrollment management efforts.
Presented by Martin Lind, Velocify, Inc.

Accrediting Agency Panel – What’s Ahead?                                       
During this informative session, accreditors will share insight into the national focus on accreditation standards, enforcement and the peer review process. Learn of the inquiries by the U.S. Department of Education and Congressional representatives on current policies and practices, and of the response by accreditors to those questions.
Panelists representing ABHES, ACCET, ACCSC, ACICS, COMTA, NACCAS

3:15 – 4:00 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Placement Rates Matter: Roadmap for Graduate Employment     Heritage DCA During this critical breakout a panel of experts will share a blueprint to help develop multi-layer strategies to build student employment outcomes. You’ll learn a game plan to transition clinical placements to hire, methods to get the jobs to “come to you,” how to build a culture of community presence, how to teach students to research potential employers and how to deal with a challenging employer.
Panelists: Dion McNeeley, Commercial Driver School, Joanna Russell, Sumner College, Christine Cote, Perry Technical Institute

Borrower Defense to Repayment: Federal Negotiated Rulemaking
The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) is continuing to move forward with issuing new regulations regarding the “Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule” (“BDRR”). The BDRR concerns the ability of a Direct Loan borrower to seek relief from his or her Direct Loan repayment obligations if the educational services provided by a college were in some way deficient. The new BDRR regulations are intended to clarify, and will likely expand, the ability of Direct Loan borrowers to successfully seek BDR relief. During this session we’ll learn what definitions are emerging and what that may mean to a school.
Presented by Tom Netting, Akerman, LLP

Teaching Students Customer Service
We think of customer service as part of the admissions process and school experience. But what about teaching aspects of customer service to students? Many of the jobs graduates secure require them to know and practice excellent customer service skills. How do you bring that skill into the student development? During this session we’ll explore and identify basic customer service requirements and demonstrate methods to bring that training to your students.
Presented by Matt Schmoker, Legacy Solutions

The Student Experience in Transferring Academic Credit
New research commissioned by ACICS discusses Insights regarding academic credit transfer gained from surveys of institutions and students. The project was designed to gain understanding of student experiences and perceptions regarding the requirements and opportunities for transferring academic credit to other institutions. National accreditors like ACICS promote institutional efforts to improve student experience and promote academic success. Among key findings: Students surveyed indicated the predominant reason for transferring was “looking for better opportunities;” 75% rated their most recent transfer process as “Easy” or “Very easy;” 65% felt “Well prepared” or “Very well prepared” when entering their new program; 61% reported that transferring did not extend the time of program completion.
Presented by Anthony S. Bieda, Vice President for External Affairs, ACICS

5:00 PM– 6:00 PM   Happy Hour Reception sponsored by

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM   CDL School Dinner & Program
Speaker: Tandy Alexander, WA Department of Licensing
Dinner Sponsors   Schneider National & Werner Transportation

Friday, May 20th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM          Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM          WAVE: Best Practices and Good Ideas
Be on your toes and ready to take notes as you hear quick snippets of information about need-to-know ideas and topics, including:

How to Evaluate Text Books for Change and Updates – Sally Daluge, F.A. Davis
Why It’s Important to Accentuate Entrepreneurship as a Student Career Track –     Roger Jones, Hauser Jones & Sas
Oh So Important School Visits by Legislators – Amy Brackenbury, Washington Lobbyist   Campus Security as a Requirement and for Peace of Mind – Kim Ierien, Concorde Career College
Putting Together an Exceptional Team – Wayne Matulich, Institute of Technology

9:00 AM – Noon   Faculty Workshop                                              Oak
Key Skills for Building Learner Engagement
This interactive session demonstrates key strategies for creating learner engagement. Participants will learn what science teaches us about motivation, and how to apply the three essential elements of motivation in the classroom environment. They will also have opportunity to interact with best practices for presenting content in compelling and learner centered ways. This session will leave participants with practical strategies and tools that they can immediately implement in their classrooms. Participants will receive a certificate of participation demonstrating three hours of professional development.
Presented by Seniye Groff, Achieve Training Centre

9:45 AM– 10:45 AM         State Regulators – Agency Updates
Idaho State Board of Education – Conference Lobby
Presenter: Val Fenske
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating CommissionHemlock
Presenter: Juan BAEZ-AREVALO
Washington Student Achievement CouncilBoardroom
Presenter: Michael Ball

Washington Department of LicensingDCA Ballroom    Colard
Workforce Training and Education Coordinating BoardCedar
Presenter: Jim Parker & Darlene Bartlett

11:00 AM – Noon   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Completion: Understanding the Complicated Student
Life gets in the way, or the student gets in their own way. Either way managing the process to completion is complicated and challenging. During this session we’ll explore how to help the student break bad attendance habits and increase confidence through smart strategies that address remediation and the math/writing barriers. We’ll share proven methods to prepare the student for family issues and life challenges, when mentoring the student is beneficial and how to help the student keep their “eyes on the prize.”
Panelists: Wayne Matulich, Institute of Technology, Megan West, Gene Juarez Academy, Colleen Piller, International Air & Hospitality Academy

Employment Law – What you don’t know may hurt you
As the employment laws become increasingly complex, employers are finding that the actions of their supervisors and employees can result in legal liability for the employer before its human resources department or its attorneys know what is happening. The EEOC has issued guidance and engaged in several lawsuits regarding the alleged discriminatory impact of employers’ use of criminal background information in hiring decisions. Since many state agencies require background checks, what impact does this have on a school? Additionally, the DOL’s proposed rules will make three major changes to the FLSA’s white collar exemptions and overtime laws resulting in virtually every company changing their policies. DOL would more than double the minimum salary required to qualify as an exempt executive, administrative, or professional employee. In fact, the DOL estimates that in the first year alone, 4.6 million currently exempt workers will no longer qualify for the exemptions. This important update may be your first step as an “ounce of prevention” that may be worth many pounds of cure.
Presented by Darren Feider, SEBRIS BUSTO JAMES

 Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Sustainability Jobs: An Employability Model Alicia Synder-Carlson from Green Building Services is a partner with Pearson’s Employability Team and the USGBC. Alicia will take you on a tour of employability growth figures and share the partnership model with the USGBC. Sustainability education and certification can be a critical component of job growth and an opportunity for corporate citizenship connecting workers to sustainable jobs. Industry and academia are collaborating on the opportunities to bridge the gap between placing today’s learners in careers that align learners’ values with the industries that see the market skill gaps and job opportunities. Join Alicia to learn about the USGBC/Pearson Model!
Presented by Alicia Snyder-Carlson, Green Building Services

Adjourn at Noon

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