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UWFox to Host 'Wisconsin College and Career Network Conference'

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a very special conference that offers professional development opportunities for educators and service providers who are interested in assisting youth to prepare for college and career opportunities. The conference, entitled, "Making Connections: Community, Classroom, College and Careers," is taking place in the UWFox Communication Arts Center on Thursday, March 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The conference is a free professional development opportunity with limited space. Pre-registration is required by March 8. Lunch will be provided.

According to Tammie DeVooght Blaney, director of the UWFox-related federally funded TRiO program, "The conference is a collaborative effort by the Wisconsin College and Career Network, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, ACT (American College Testing program), and UWFox.

Blaney explained that the conference offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. "Interest sessions will include a federal update on college access programs, the changing labor market, financial aid, bullying, and many more. This conference hopes to bring together members of the community who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people regardless of economic background, learning styles, or family history through the development of a comprehensive college access network."

Conference keynote speakers (as well as the title of their respective presentations) include Greg Danieder, senior advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education ("Education Drives America-Education Drives Our Economy"; Dennis Winters, chief of the Office of Economic Advisors, Department of Workforce Development ("Brutal Facts of the Labor Market"); and Mark O’Connell, executive director , Wisconsin Counties Association ("The State of the Economy").

Blaney said that more than a dozen special interest sessions are planned, although currently scheduled sessions are subject to change prior to the day of the conference. Presently, the sessions include: "ACT Assessment;" "is Academic Rigor Needed for the Work Force;" "How to Build a Community of Change;" "Bullying;" "Generational Differences;" "Basic Grant Writing;" "Mind the Gap;" "What’s Happening at the Public and Private Wisconsin Colleges and Universities;" "Why We Need an Educated Workforce;" "What to do This Summer;" "2013-2014 Financial Aid Update;" "Great Lakes Community Investment Opportunities;" and, "Safe Zones."

For additional information, or for questions, contact Blaney at 920-832-0111, email tammie.blaney@uwc.edu. To register, go to www.uwfox.uwc.edu/makeconnections.

Posted 2/15/2013