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LCTCS 2017 Annual Conference

September 20 - September 22

LCTCS 2017 Annual Conference - Gumbo Gumption - Our Diversity Is Our Strength - September 20 - 22, 2017 - New Orleans, LA


The LCTCS Annual Conference is the premier professional development event for Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges, annually attracting over 1,000 faculty, staff, and administrative leaders. The conference serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners of our system and supports their professional development and interests in teaching, learning, and technology.





(Register now!)

As in the past, we would not be able to successfully conduct a conference of this size without the assistance of volunteers like you. Volunteers are needed in the areas of Registration, Runners, Greeters, App Support, and Moderators.  A description of the volunteer positions and times needed are listed at this LINK. Sign up by Monday, September 11, 2017. Volunteers will receive conference lagniappe.


Conference Dates:
September 20-22, 2017

Pre-conference Sessions:
September 20, 2017

Woman’s Leadership Seminar:
September 20, 2017

General Sessions, Keynote Speakers, Awards Ceremony, and Breakout Sessions:
September 21-22, 2017


Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, La 70130

Approved State Conference Rate: $142/night – SOLD OUT!!!
Group rate available until August 19, 2017

Overflow Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
Approved State Conference Rate: $127/night
Group rate available until August 30, 2017

Click here to make a reservation at the New Orleans Marriott

Don’t forget your Hotel Tax Exempt Form



Parking at the Sheraton
Overnight Parking = $40
0-2 Hours $14
2-9 Hours $24
9+ Hours $48.60

Lots near the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel
Premium Parking: Lot P193
325 Camp Street
30 min: $6.00
1 Hour: $7.00
2 Hours: $9.00
3 Hours: $15.00
10 Hours:  $17.00
24 Hours: $30.00

For more information about Premium Parking, Lot P193 visit, https://www.premiumparking.com/P193

Premium Parking: Lot P121
300 Canal Street
2 Hour: $7.00
4 Hours: $10.00
6 Hour:  $13.00
24 Hours:  $40.00
Oversize 24 Hour: $47.00

For more information about Premium Parking, Lot P121 visit, https://www.premiumparking.com/P121

Premium Parking: Lot P122
213 Tchoupitoulas Street
Early Bird (before 9am) M-F = $9.74
3 hours = $12.39
9 hours = $13.27
24 hours = $35.40

For more information about Premium Parking, Lot P122 visit, https://www.premiumparking.com/P122


Wednesday, September 20


Conference Planning Team Set-Up


Conference Check-In Open


Pre-Conference: Special Training Sessions


Women’s Leadership Seminar (Limited Seating)


Vendor Galleria: Exhibitor Set-up


President’s Reception (invitation only)

Thursday, September 21


Conference Check-In Open


Vendor Galleria: Rise & Shine – Browsing Breakfast


Vendor Galleria: Exhibits Open


Welding Professional Development Seminar


Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions


Refreshment Break


Breakout Sessions


Opening Plenary Luncheon: Keynote & Mike Foster Award Presentation


Breakout Sessions


Refreshment Break


Breakout Sessions


Afternoon Plenary Session: Keynote & Awards Ceremony


Networking Reception

Friday, September 22

Conference Check-In Open

Vendor Galleria: Exhibits Open

Vendor Galleria: Rise & Shine – Browsing Breakfast

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Refreshment Break

Peer Groups/Functional Groups

Breakout Sessions

Luncheon: State of the System

Contact tarieroberson@lctcs.edu to register. View the full agenda here.

1. When and where will the 2017 Annual conference be held?

The annual conference will take place September 20-22, 2017 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

2. Who attends the annual conference?

Both LCTCS employees and partner agencies are invited to attend. Nearly 1,200 employees from the LCTCS attend the conference each year. These employees work in every area across their campuses – from academic faculty to student services, from Chancellors and Directors to facility managers, the spectrum is wide.  Partner agencies include state agencies that work directly with our System, partner colleges and universities, vendors and individuals interested in the mission of community colleges.

3. What presentation formats will be offered at the conference?

Concurrent session presenters are hand-selected, dynamic, and knowledgeable individuals who provide detailed perspectives about practical and innovative solutions to today’s community college challenges and opportunities. Presenters are expected to use active learning techniques to engage their audience, distribute materials, and respond to follow-up requests for more information. Peer groups sessions afford a personal and interactive setting for exploring key issues related to each of the faculty and staff focus areas. Numerous peer group discussions will take place. The Vendor Showcase is an extensive display of publishing, hardware, software, communications, and other educational products and services of interest to conference participants.

4. How much are registration fees for the Annual Conference?

Registration Costs

Registration Type General Registration by Aug 21 Onsite Registration
LCTCS Employee $50 $100
Other $100 $150

 5. What do the registration fees cover for the Annual Conference?

Conference registration includes attendance for both days and access to all sessions, conference materials, and the following meals:
Wednesday: Refreshment and snack breaks
Thursday: Continental breakfast, refreshment and snack breaks, lunch, and Faculty and Staff Reception
Friday: Continental breakfast, refreshment and snack breaks, and lunch

6. What are the registration deadlines and cancellation policies?

Registration opens on May 1
General registration ends August 21 COB
Conference registration is non-transferrable
Changes and cancellations without penalty must be received by August 1
Cancellations after August 1 will receive a 50% refund
No refund for cancellations received after August 21

7. How do I register?

Beginning June 20, you can go to the LCTCS Annual Conference registration information web page, and click on the “Register Now” option.

8Do I need to register if I plan to attend Wednesday, September 20 (pre-conference) sessions only?

Yes, you will need to register.  The pre-conference sessions are part of the LCTCS Annual Conference experience.

9. I am a conference presenter. Do I need to register and pay?

All presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee.

10. What hotels are offering a discounted rate to conference attendees?

We have secured a group conference rate at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

11. Do I have to be registered for the conference in order to book a hotel room?

No. In fact, we strongly recommend booking your hotel room as early as possible. Mention the LCTCS conference when making your reservation to secure a room in the conference block. The cut-off date for accepting discounted conference rate reservations is August 21, 2017 at 5:00pm.

12. How will I get my conference badge and other materials?

Exhibitors, presenters, and participants can pick up their badge and other conference materials at the Conference Check-In Center. A conference badge is required for admission to all conference events. Please wear your badge at all times.

13. Can I bring a guest to the conference?

If you are receiving an award at the Thursday Afternoon Plenary Session, you are welcome to bring a guest to the award ceremony.  Award recipient guests are invited to attend the reception following the awards ceremony.

14.  How can I request special assistance?

If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, interpreters, or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Jennifer Daly at jenniferdaly@lctcs.edu no later than August 1.

15. Is group transportation available from my campus?

Each campus coordinates their own transportation. Please check with your administrative staff for details.

16. What should I wear to conference sessions?

Business casual attire is appropriate for all sessions and events.  Friday, September 22 will be our 2nd Annual COLLEGE COLORS day. Please wear your college colors to show your school spirit. As meeting room temperatures vary, we suggest dressing in layers to ensure your comfort.

17. Will there be wireless internet access available at the conference?

Yes. Passwords and log-in information will be available in the conference app.

18. Where will lost and found be located?

During the conference, lost items are turned in and held at the Conference Check-In Center.

19. Will meals be provided?

Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and hot lunches will be served on Thursday and Friday.

20. Who should I contact about exhibiting at the conference?

To sponsor conference, please contact Tarie Roberson at tarieroberson@lctcs.edu.  Thank you for your support!

21. Where can I get additional information about the LCTCS conference if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Jennifer Daly at 225-308-4419 or jenniferdaly@lctcs.edu  During the conference, stop by the Conference Check-In for information and assistance.


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