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keynote address and opening session
Featuring kermit kaleba, National Skills Coalition
sunday, October 13th, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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Kermit Kaleba is the managing director, policy at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization’s efforts to advance a national skills strategy through federal and state legislation, agency regulation, and national funding initiatives. Kermit assists state and local leaders in policy advocacy both within Washington and in their home districts and works with National Skills Coalition field staff and partner organizations to help improve state and local implementation of federal programs.

Kermit was previously NSC’s Senior Policy Analyst from 2008-12 before he left to develop his on-the-ground knowledge of workforce development and administration at the Washington DC Workforce Investment Council, where he rose to the position of Executive Director.

Kermit holds a J.D. and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.

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pre-conference workshop:
crisis planning, response & recovery

sunday, October 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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This workshop is recommended for campus teams of 3-5 staff from different departments, such as campus safety managers, facilities managers, communications directors, administrators, and others on your Crisis Response team. This will be an interactive, hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to work through scenarios based on different crises. Topics include:

  • continuity planning during crisis events

  • planning and response to natural disasters

  • planning and response to active shooters and other acts of violence

  • ongoing risks following crises

  • managing media expectations

  • protecting yourself and your campus from on-going harm

Featured speakers are:

  • Officer Greg Lawson, Campus Police Officer, Arkansas State University Newport, Jonesboro Campus

  • Dan Charles, Director of the Institute for Corporate and Public Safety, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

  • Andrea Henderson, Executive Director, Arkansas Community Colleges

*Pre-conference workshop requires an additional fee.

 

outstanding faculty & staff awards banquet
Monday, october 14th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate your colleagues at our annual banquet honoring the outstanding faculty and staff from all 22 community colleges in Arkansas. This event will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom on Monday evening from 6 - 8 p.m.

 

Outstanding alumni & academic all-star awards brunch
Tuesday, october 15th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding alumni from each college and congratulate the academic all-stars on their achievements at this awards brunch. This event will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Break Out & birds of a feather sessions
Monday, October 14th and Tuesday October 15th

Select from nearly 60 breakout sessions designed for community college administrators, faculty, and staff.  The full list of sessions in areas of academic advising, administrative/leadership, advancement and public relations, Career Pathways, faculty, IT staff, student services, student success, workforce, and more is available here! Pay close attention to the ‘tags’ listed by each session as multiple groups may find the session useful and applicable.

 

Industry Tour:
L’oreal
Monday, October 14th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
(space is limited, registration required)

Founded by a chemist in 1907, L’Oreal leads the world of beauty with 32 global renowned brands such as Maybelline, Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Urban Decay, Redken, Skinceuticals, Essie, Kiehls, and Clarisonic. With 23 billion (Euros) in annual sales and present in 140 countries, L’Oreal is a technologically advanced company which manufactures and supplies over 4.5 billion units annually to the world. L’Oreal Operations Americas is an innovative, challenging, dynamic and diverse environment with the opportunity for cross-functional careers - from conception to consumer - in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Operational Package Development. We have 45+ manufacturing plants and more than 200+ distribution centers worldwide; L’Oreal Operations Americas is committed to continuous improvement, people development, safety, quality, and sustainability. For more information, visit https://www.lorealusa.com/.

*Registration is required and will be available after October 4th.  Transportation is provided and will be available to those who register for the tour.  More details coming soon!  

Industry Tour:
ben e. keith
Monday, October 14th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
(space is limited, registration required)

Ben E. Keith Foods was established in 1906 and has grown to be one of the premier food distribution companies in the southern United States. In 2018, the Mid-South facility opened its doors in North Little Rock, Arkansas and now calls a 429,302 square-foot campus home. This distribution center serves the entire state of Arkansas and portions of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Ben E. Keith Mid-South Distribution Center, including the warehouse, is LEED Silver Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council, which means sustainability and public health were top priorities in the design and construction of the facility, and they remain priorities in the day-to-day operations of the center. For more information, visit http://www.benekeith.com/food/locations/mid-south/.

*Registration is required and will be available after October 4th.  Transportation is provided and will be available to those who register for the tour.  More details coming soon!