Chicago, Illinois  ::  June 2019

Our 53rd National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI) conference will be in the greater Chicago area, during June 24-26, 2019.  Our 2019 NAWI conference is planned to be held at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois  60465.  The 2019 theme is “How Will CTE Shape the Future?”  Please note that on June 24 only the optional and free with registration industry tours will be held.  Conference sessions start on June 25.

The 2019 conference sessions, all at Moraine Valley Community College, are also brought to you in conjunction with Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois.     Click for Campus Parking Map       Click for Center for Contemporary Technology Building Conference Meeting Rooms Floor Plan

We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2019 Conference presenters, but we are seeking event sponsors and exhibitors (click here) at all levels.    Click this link for the Call for Presenters page.

2019 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.

You are invited to participate at the  53rd National Association for Workforce Improvement conference in Chicago, Illinois, June 2019.  NAWI members will be taking a serious look at CTE of the future.

The 2019 conference theme “How Will CTE Shape 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.  

The first conference sessions day will feature speakers and interactive sessions followed by the NAWI President’s Reception in the evening.

The second day will be National Science Foundation (NSF) Community College (and High School) Day.  Learn about NSF funding opportunities from program officers, learn about developing project ideas, learn about the merit review process, and participate in a mock panel review.  We will discuss programs, grants, and ways that you can become more involved with exciting National Science Foundation funded programs, centers, and projects.

The 2019 conference in Chicago brings together practitioners who will share their experience and expertise to help you grow a renewed culture of innovation in your region. 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 plan to have an interactive panel session on the future of CTE to include engaging discussions on topics such as: What will CTE look like?  How do we shape CTE to serve the needs of the millennials and beyond?  What are ways to integrate career clusters?   Skills are important; however, how do we support the emerging student MacGyvers of the world?

Modern CTE/”Innovationforce” Presentation Focus Areas:

Youth Customer

  • What motivates the millennial generation?
  • What will be the livelihood of millennials?
  • What does it mean to be “pigeon holed” in education?
  • How do we apply empathy in addressing student needs and desires?

Economic Reality

  • What are the broad economic trends and what does the emerging economy look like?
  • What role does innovation and entrepreneurship play in future economics?
  • How is sustainability and carbon reduction helping to grow the economy?
  • What is a Maker City and how is it fueling the undercurrent of economic development?

Ways that CTE Professionals can Respond

  • How can Design Thinking be applied to CTE?
  • What role can making and innovation play in CTE?
  • Solutions in every pathway…examples of student developed projects.
  • In what ways can CTE evolve to support the economy of the future?

Key Perennial CTE Focus Areas:

  • Implementing differentiated teaching methods that work;
  • How can we integrate skills and experiences across Career Clusters?
  • Creating and maintaining business/industry/education partnerships and internships as a part of a meaningful and applied education experience for students;
  • Project and problem based learning approaches;
  • Economic development: ways CTE contributes;
  • Ways industry can share their talents, resources, expertise, and real world projects.

In addition, these areas will be discussed, debated, and decided:

  • What is the new economy? Is CTE ready for the Third Industrial Revolution?
  • What are the limits of Certs and Certifications: What are emerging market needs?
  • MacGyverism: How do you develop MacGyvers in the classroom? How do you measure it?
  • Work based learning that improves engagement, access and speed. What is changing?
  • Peer Recognition: the ultimate motivator. How do badges help?
  • Knowing the millennial customer. What do students want?
  • Makerspace Mania: What are your creative spaces?
  • Workforce and Innovationforce: What are the points of intersection and differences?
  • Inter-program Projects: Why should CTE adopt inter-program projects?
  • Engineering, art, entrepreneurship: Why are these important together?
  • The Art of Exhibition: Why is exhibiting one of the most important things you can do?
  • Short courses: it there a renewed need and interest?
  • What is lies beyond Career Clusters?
  • Should Making be in all CTE programs?
  • We would love to hear from you.
    • 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 are continually 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.