52nd NAWI Annual Conference – 2017
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Thank you for helping to make helpful and memorable our 2017 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mahalo! For information about our 53rd Annual NAWI Conference in 2018, click HOME on the top menu and scroll down.

We had an exciting conference! NAWI partnered with PCATT for four days of conference sessions at Honolulu Community College. The 52nd Annual NAWI Conference began on Tuesday, May 23, and included a special NSF Community College Day on Wednesday, May 24, in concert with the University of Hawaii. Thursday, May 25 kicked off the 15th Annual PCATT IT Symposium which ran through Friday, May 26. Attendees of NAWI could also attend the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) IT Symposium at no additional cost. Both associations offered you an opportunity to present and participate in workshops, keynote sessions, and tour interesting venues on the island.

Conference Highlights:

Oahu Island Map

To see the 2017 NAWI Conference program, click this: NAWI 2017 Conference program.

Tuesday May 23 will be a full day of speakers and interactive sessions followed by the NAWI President’s Reception in the evening.

Sessions will be held at Honolulu Community College, located at 874 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96817. Please go to Building 2, second floor, room 214 (Look for Building 2 on the campus map via the link below. Building 2 is somewhat in the middle, surrounded by buildings that are numbered 4, 7, 10 and 11.) If you requested a college parking pass before May 10th, it was emailed to you on or before May 12. You should print your parking pass before your arrival on campus.

Honolulu Community College Campus Map

09:00 Conference check-in and morning snacks, Room 214, Building 2 (see above for address).
09:25 Welcoming address
09:35 Tuesday Keynote
10:00 Morning sessions begin
12:00 Lunch
12:40 Afternoon sessions begin
02:50 Break
03:05 Afternoon sessions continue
05:00 Last session ends
06:00 At the conference hotel: President’s reception and business meeting.

Wednesday, May 24 will be National Science Foundation (NSF) Community College Day, including a keynote panel and an NSF grant workshop. NSF Community College Day is free to registered NAWI and PCATT Symposium attendees. Seating is limited so be sure to register to reserve your seat! Please plan to attend the NSF luncheon were leaders of Advanced Technological Education and other NSF programs will discuss programs, grants, and ways that you can become more involved with exciting National Science Foundation funded programs, centers, and projects.

08:30 Conference check-in for those arriving on Wednesday and morning snacks, Room 214, Building 2.
09:00 Welcoming address
09:15 National Science Foundation (NSF) Community College Day begins with
09:45 Break
10:00 Funding Opportunities session
11:45 Guest: Dr. Erika Lacro of Honolulu Community College
12:00 Lunch with the NSF Principal Investigator (P.I.) Panel
01:30 Break
01:40 Mock Panel Reviews
03:00 Discussion and closing remarks

Thursday May 25: PCATT begins on Thursday morning, followed by workshops the rest of Thursday until 3 pm. The day begins with registration at 8:30 and sessions at 9:30 am. For more information about PCATT and to register, go to https://pcatt.org/ITSymposium. Those who registered for the full NAWI Conference and for the Polynesian Cultural Center tour will depart at 11, details at NAWI conference check-in.

NAWI is partnering with the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) to offer their members the opportunity to attend NAWI workshops and sessions while NAWI members have access to PCATT workshops and meetings. Given the nature of NAWI’s conference theme and timing, we look forward to collaborating with PCATT this year.

Friday, May 26: PCATT hosts a full day of speakers and workshops until 3 pm. The day begins with registration at 8:30 and sessions at 9:30 am.


“Next Gen CTE: Wave of the Future”

You are invited to participate in this year’s 52nd National Association for Workforce Improvement conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23-25. This year NAWI members will be taking a serious look at CTE of the future.

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.

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 new Maker Movement? To what extent does CTE support the workforce as well as the innovationforce and entrepreneurs? We would love to hear from you!

This year’s conference in Honolulu 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 will have an interactive session on the future of CTE to include engaging discussion on topics such as: What will CTE look like? How do we shape CTE to serve the needs of Millennials and beyond? What are ways to integrate career clusters so that for example, how does engineering coincide with art and entrepreneurship? Skills are important however how do we create 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?