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Annual Conference

You are invited to participate in our 52nd Annual National Association for Workforce Improvement conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 24, and 25, 2017.

This year’s conference "Next Gen CTE - Wave of the Future" will focus on disciplines that are seeing an influx of emerging technologies such as biotechnology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. We are seeking to identify a variety of approaches that support the conference theme to help teachers, workforce developers, counselors, administrators, and business partners meet the challenges of incorporating these rapidly changing technologies into all aspects of the workforce development from curriculum to collaborations.

We are excited about this year’s conference. NAWI is partnering with PCATT for a week-long conference at Honolulu Community College. The 52nd Annual NAWI Conference will begin Tuesday, May 23, and will include a special NSF event on Wednesday, May 24, in concert with the University of Hawaii. Thursday, May 25, kicks of the 15th Annual PCATT IT Symposium which runs through Friday, May 26. Attendees of NAWI can also attend PCATT IT Symposium at no additional cost.

Conference attendees include staff from secondary schools, community colleges, and technical institutes, as well as government leaders in workforce development and representatives of business, industry, and labor.

We invite you to participate in the conference and to submit your most innovative idea as a possible presentation. Session proposals that include supporting data/statistics will receive top consideration. The deadline for non-keynote speaking proposal consideration is the end of the day Pacific Time, March 31, 2017.

Please click to start your submission of your conference presentation proposal. If you have questions regarding your presentation proposal please contact at Presentations are made to approximately 20 attendees and 1 hour 15 minutes in length. Topics include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things.

Please return for new information that will be posted on our Web site about our 2017 conference and be sure to visit and "LIKE" NAWI's Facebook page.

Do you have ideas how Career and Technical Education can better support workers, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, and producers? What lies ahead for CTE delivery? How does CTE align with the Maker Movement? With biotechnology? With Artificial Intelligence (AI)? With the Internet of Things (IoT)? To what extent does CTE support the workforce as well as the innovationforce and entrepreneurs? We would love to hear from you!

Our 2016 Annual Conference was held in Mystic, CT.
Please see the Annual Conference page for the Past NAWI conferences link for information about our 2016 conference and other past conferences.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III reintroduced the Perkins Modernization Act. Read about it.

First passed in 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal funding for CTE – or vocational – education across the country. The Perkins Act was last updated by Congress in 2006 and is due for reauthorization. Kennedy’s bill would adjust the legislative language of the Perkins Act to ensure that CTE efforts across the country take into account the trends and projections identified by labor market data. When CTE is informed by labor market data and aligned with the evolving needs of our economy, students graduate ready for competitive employment and lifetime opportunity in the economy’s in-demand industry sectors and occupations. This bill reaffirms and strengthens the important bipartisan purpose of the Perkins Act—preparing CTE students to succeed in the modern workforce.

The Dear Colleague Letter about the legislation is here.

The summary description of the Perkins Modernization Act is here.

The Perkins Modernization Act legislation as submitted to Congress is here.

Indiana has passed legislation expanding CTE programs in that state. Read about it.

NAWI is a not-for-profit program of CMF Inc., a 501c3 non profit dedicated to promoting a renewed culture of innovation, innovation education, and the advancement of scientific research.

Membership in NAWI provides opportunities to:

  • share information with program innovators on the cutting edge of workforce education program improvement
  • use firsthand information from leaders of exemplary projects
  • gain insight into workforce education program innovations
  • develop a network of colleagues engaged in workforce education program improvement
  • be involved in preparing national agenda for workforce education program improvement
  • participate in conferences featuring national leaders in workforce education program improvements.


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