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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.




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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
Group rate available until August 31, 2017.

Sheraton Room Block Link


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 and LDI/LLA Reunion (invitation only)

Investor Impact Awards (ticket required)

Thursday, September 21

Conference Check-In Open

Vendor Galleria: Rise & Shine – Continental Breakfast

Vendor Galleria: Exhibits Open

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

Faculty & Staff Awards Reception and Networking Session

Friday, September 22

Conference Check-In Open

Vendor Galleria: Exhibits Open

Vendor Galleria: Rise & Shine – Continental Breakfast

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Refreshment Break

Peer Groups/Targeted Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Luncheon: State of the System and Q&A

Presenter Resources


  • All proposals must be submitted via the web link.
  • Individual(s) must submit proposals to a specific conference track.
  • Please read carefully the description of each track and decide which one best suits your proposal.
  • All proposals will be reviewed by a review committee comprised of faculty and staff.
  • The review committee will evaluate proposals with attention to the overall topic balance of the program. The committee reserves the right to solicit specific proposals before and after the deadline to achieve an outstanding program.
Breakout Session Format

50 minutes in length, offered all day Thursday and half of the day Friday.

Conference Presentation Formats
Single presenter only
Presenter’s forum (1 lead presenter and up to 2 co-presenters)

Presenters panel (1 lead presenter and up to 3 co-presenters)

Proposals are to be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017. Presenters will be notified of acceptance no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 or sooner where possible.

Evaluation Criteria

The program committee will evaluate proposals with attention to the overall topic balance of the program.

The committee reserves the right to solicit specific proposals before and after the deadline to achieve an outstanding program.

Presentation Tools

Makin’ Groceries: College & Career Readiness

The increasingly competitive global economy makes it imperative that more students enter career fields that enable higher wages and greater potential for growth, however, the business community and higher education institutions are concerned about the lack of preparation of high school students and working-age adults for postsecondary education or training necessary to succeed in these careers.  This track will focus on sharing fundamental ideas and practices for engaging students in a College & Career Readiness Program through accelerated training strategies and/or incorporation of the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.

Intended Audience: Career and Technical Education, Adult Education

First You Make a Roux: Teaching & Learning and Student Engagement

At the very core of our mission, colleges and WorkReady U programs are teaching and learning institutions.  This track provides an opportunity for faculty to showcase the best practices of teaching, learning, and student engagement as well as focus on alternatives to lecture-based classes.  Designed to engage a broader cross-section of faculty, this track is primarily focused on research-based instructional strategies and methods that have demonstrated value in teaching and learning to engage students, enhance professional goals, and affect learning outcomes.

Intended Audience: Faculty

Stirring the Pot: Workforce & Education Collaboration

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supports innovative strategies to keep pace with changing economic conditions and calls for improved collaboration between adult education, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development agencies.  Building strong partnerships at both the state and local level can create a more efficient and effective education and training system in Louisiana that expands education opportunities and employment outcomes for individuals.  In these sessions, participants will hear from program managers, educational leaders, and workforce partners at the forefront of providing these integrated services to eligible LA citizens under the new law.

Intended Audience: Workforce, Adult Education

Spice It Up: Business & Industry Partners

Our colleges need members of the community to advise them on, engage them in, and support workforce development programs that are effective, responsive, and relevant.  Our colleges also need to identify best practices for building coalitions that help colleges meet industry needs.  This track will feature business and industry partners who are helping move Louisiana forward.

Intended Audience: Workforce, Faculty

The Secret Ingredient: Adult Education

The skills gap in Louisiana is a priority.  More than 600,000 persons of working age in the state have less than a high school diploma.  The community and technical colleges have taken on the responsibility for moving more adults through to completion of a college credential and have become the source of innovation in developing the capacity to better serve this population.  This track provides an opportunity for colleges and adult education providers to feature some of the best practices in moving adult students through to credential completion.

Intended Audience: Adult Education, Faculty

Bon Appétit: Leadership Development & Career Enhancement

Community & technical colleges and WorkReady U programs support the leadership and professional development of their employees to energize and enhance our mission and grow our leaders.  Topics in this track lead to personal enrichment and focus on career advancement, administrative/management skill development, faculty/staff/leadership development, retirement planning, stress/time management, and health and wellness.

Intended Audience: All

C’est Si Bon: Serving Up Results

Success in delivering the mission to our students is dependent on the effective use of existing resources and the execution of innovative strategies to tap new sources of funding.  The ability to develop and access new funding streams, whether it’s through grants, workforce training contracts and partnerships, or fundraising strategies and private philanthropy, will be hallmarks of the successful community and technical college of tomorrow.  In addition, the ability to leverage resources and funding will also be vital to colleges in this new economic reality. Presentations in this track will focus on grant writing, fundraising, leveraging resources, business administration, etc.

Intended Audience: Business, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Grants

Savor the Flavor: Customer Service

As we focus on the next decade, there will be an emphasis on creating and sustaining a culture of engaged partnerships with students.  This track provides an opportunity to feature some of the common issues, latest trends, and best practices related to enrollment management.  Areas emphasized include: capitalizing on social media interactions with students, improving conversion of admitted to enrolled students, transitioning WorkReady U students to postsecondary completion and sustainable employment; improving the financial aid delivery system, redefining recruitment and retention strategies, improving student support services to positively impact student success, and building and maintaining relationships with alumni.

Intended Audience: Public Relations, Admissions, Registrar, Adult Education/WorkReadyU, Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Institutional Research, Information Technology, Recruiting, Disability/Counseling

Food For Thought: Diversity

To help you better navigate diverse workplaces and populations, this track improves your understanding of communication similarities and differences among diverse groups. This track explores practices, trends and difficulties that arise when people from different cultural backgrounds attempt to communicate and understand one another. This track examines current theory and research on communication and culture with regard to race, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability and other diversity topics.

Intended Audience: All

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 25 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 25 COB
Conference registration is non-transferrable
Changes and cancellations without penalty must be received by August 21
No refund for cancellations received September 6 or later

7. How do I register?

Beginning May 1, 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 19, 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 may bring additional guests for $25/each.  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 will 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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