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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Campus Development

Campus Development

Understanding the New Proprietary School Audit Guide Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Moderator Ron Holt, Douthit Frets Rouse Gentile & Rhodes, LLC Eileen Keller, Salmon Sims Thomas and Associates PLLC Rebecca Sanders, Almich & Associates Michael Wherry, McClintock & Associates, P.C. Jack Woll, Almich & Associates

A panel discussion on the new 2016 Proprietary School and Third-party Servicer Audit Guide with an opportunity for audience Q&A. The panel will include a lawyer, 3 CPA firm representatives, and a school representative  to address the changes and impact from varying perspectives. The first audits and attestation engagements under the new audit guide requirements will begin after June 30, 2017 so the presentation will be timely information to help schools prepare.  The new audit guide includes significantly expanded procedures and sample sizes covering current regulations not typically reviewed except during program reviews including Gainful Employment Reporting and Disclosures, Graduation and Placement rates, the Clery Act Annual Security Reports and crime statistics, and more.

Campus Development

How to Reduce the Impact of Current Regulations on Your Institutions Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Sally Samuels, FAME

This session will discuss the steps you can take to reduce the impact of GE and other regulatory mandates at your institution. The disucssion will focus on how staying current and reaching out to your community and legislatueres can have positive results.  We will share ideas and discuss what other institutions are doing to get the word out about thier student's successes and community envolvement; utalizing both local & social media and promoting thier success stories and active participation in associations such as CECU. 

Campus Development

CPI is Out. ROI is In Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Darryl Mattox, Gragg Advertising

Overview: Is your marketing built around cost per inquiry? If so, you could be limiting your marketing's impact and jeopardizing your ability to hit enrollment goals.  It's time to shift the focus beyond CPI and direct lead generation.  Gain insight on what a strong marketing mix looks like and how that can translate to scalable success with enrollments. 
Key Takeaways:

  • - Understand why CPI limits your marketing impact
  • - Understand components of a strong marketing mix
  • - Marketing versus lead gen
  • - How to determine ROI

Campus Development

Fly Norfolk: Piloting the Norfolk Aviation Center for Career Training through a Public/Private Partnership Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Dr. Joel A. English, Centura College and Aviation Institute of Maintenance Mamie Johnson, City of Norfolk Wynter Benda, City of Norfolk

A hallmark of quality career colleges is their ability to respond to the needs of the communities in which they reside and anticipate the future employment needs within those communities.  When schools are yoked together with the municipalities in which they reside, a powerful synergy can be built, where the passion of the school provides solutions for community needs.  Such is the case between The Aviation Institute of Maintenance and the city of Norfolk, Virginia, where AIM resides.  In 2016, Norfolk officials approached Centura College and AIM to help revitalize Barraud Park, an inner city civic center in need of rebirth in the context of career and technical education and workforce development.  Together, the city and the school envisioned short- and long-term goals for the Norfolk Aviation Center, where AIM would offer Unmanned Areal System (Drone) certification courses, aviation maintenance training, and eventually, a partnership with Norfolk Public Schools that could bring FAA-certified aviation education into the high school curriculum.  Within its pilot program—codenamed “Fly Norfolk”—the city and the school taught three courses between January-April 2017 and is launching a long-term relationship.  During this presentation, a school executive, elected city council member, and city deputy manager will describe the genesis of this program, report on the students and citizens served within the pilot project, and discuss how the public and private organizations are meeting their goals together through this ongoing partnership.

Government Relations

Government Relations

Achieving More Informed, Efficient, and Effective Regulatory Relationships Across your Organization Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Tony Guida, Duane Morris LLP Vince Sampson, Cooley LLP

Few sectors of the economy are affected by the politics and policies of the federal government more than higher education. In the highly regulated higher education sector, maintaining good relationships with the Department of Education and other regulators is critical to your long-term business success. Your aim should be for an atmosphere of trust and cooperation. Surprising, many organizations do not have a strategic approach to their regulatory relationships.

This session will discuss the appropriate ways to engage with key regulators to send a strong signal that your organization takes its regulatory obligations seriously. It will discuss the three strategies of engagement, opposition and avoidance, and when each is appropriate. 

It also will help you to build a tiered and coordinated outreach with key regulators to match your organizational interactions with appropriate regulatory contacts. Specifically, this session will help you design a plan to accomplish among others the following regulatory goals: 

  • Effectively represent your organization and compliance processes to regulators
  • Achieve more informed, efficient, and effective regulatory relationships across your organization
  • Identify, escalate, and mitigate areas of regulatory risk
  • Maintain a relationship of trust and transparency with the key regulators
  • Foster a benefit-of-the-doubt scenario for your organization with regulators

The panelists for this session will provide important insights based on their experiences that include leading regulatory affairs and compliance efforts within institutions and working within the U.S. Department of Education.  They will describe their strategic vision for helping your organization build successful relationships with regulators and mitigate the inherent risks in those relationships.

Student Success

Student Success

The Lifecycle of Education & Employment Critical Components for Student Success Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Joe Laskowski, Higher Ed Growth Ryan Evans, Higher Ed Growth

A student's success begins to take form before the first class. As the focus has shifted to Gainful Employment, so should your strategies in finding the best fit for you and the prospective student.  Join us to review the critical components of the enrollment life-cycle that are proven to ensure the best outcomes for your students, before and after graduation. 

Student Success

Don't Leave Your CDR to Chance! Tips for taking Control of your Cohort Default Rate Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Lynda McNair, Student Connections

High cohort default rates put millions of dollars of financial aid at risk and seriously impact the individual defaulted student.  This session will review three processes and seven activities you can use to take control of your cohort default rate.

Student Success

Student Employment as a Driver of Graduation and Placement Outcomes Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Jonathan Langley, West Coast University

Graduation and placement rates are heavily affected by the type and amount of employment that a student maintains throughout their studies. Colleges and Universities have not traditionally tracked or attempted to affect students' decisions in this area of life. However, this is perhaps one of the most negotiable and highly effective ways to drive higher education outcomes. Additionally, a programmatic approach to student employment yield better community relationships and learning opportunities for students. This session will provide specific recommendations for employment programs that colleges and universities can implement to begin affecting graduation and placement rates. 

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Campus Development

Campus Development

From Predictive to Proactive: How One Institution is Applying Data to Raise the Bar on Student Support Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Dr. David Vallancourt, The College of Health Care Professionals Bruce Schneider, Ambassador Education Solutions

The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) developed a predictive model of data analytics to forecast student challenges and success. A year after they debuted this model for CECU attendees, hear what has worked, what the school has learned, how the project has evolved, and how the school maintains a comprehensive model that analyzes student study habits, measures course progress, and yes, predicts student support needs so the CHCP team can be more proactive.

CHCP, together with its digital content partner, Ambassador Education Solutions, will lay the foundation for using LMS, SIS, eBook and publisher data to predict student challenges and success. Specifically, they will explore the kinds of data points available, and which are the most relevant to measure and predict outcomes based on student engagement. They will talk about key indicators for tracking individual student behaviors and how that supports a predictive model that monitors and positively impacts student success and retention. Attendees will also learn about the pitfalls of data management, which negative practices they should avoid, and how to maximize data insights to drive the best results and highest success rates.

Campus Development

Building a Culture that drives Academic Achievement and the Professional Expectations of the Workforce Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Dr. Scott Fitsgibbon, The Pacific Institute

This presentation is intended for campus leaders and educators who want to infuse the core values and/or guiding principles of the school into their culture.  It is an intentional process of developing specific, repeated behaviors within the culture by faculty, staff, and students that are easily mapped to the core values whereby intentionally creating a constructive culture for maximizing student potential. By creating a deliberate, constructive culture, schools can not only maximize potential of the student academically, but also reinforce the culture of professionalism that will be expected by employers.  Several best practice sector examples will be shared. 

Campus Development

Online Reviews - How Schools Are Boosting Admissions and Marketing Results with Them Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Chris Linford, Oozle Media Cole Ashby, Oozle Media

Come to this session, and you will walk away with a solid gameplan on how to change your school’s reputation online, and how to do it the right way. I’ll be sharing the one review platform that outperforms them all, and what to avoid while getting reviews on it. We’ll discuss how to turn negative reviews into actually helping you get more leads. Come see several examples of results of schools who have sat through this training. Here are four takeaways attendees will get from attending:
  • Schools will learn that more Google Reviews can have a dramatic impact on their school's organic traffic and website leads.
  • Schools will learn how to get Google reviews the right way. There are wrong ways of going about doing this.
  • Schools will have info to take back to their students, where it makes sense, to share with them on how theyneed to individually build their personal brand as well.
  • Schools will learn how to manage their reputation online by properly handling positive, and negative reviews.

*Bonus: Schools will learn the difference between good social media, and great social media.

Government Relations

Government Relations

Borrower Defense to Repayment Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Bruce Denson, Cobbs Allen Dennis Cariello, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. Chris Deluca, DeLuca Law LLC Keith Zakarin, Duane Morris Bill Ojile, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

We will explore the Borrower Defense to Repayment regulations and strategies to mitigate the impact to member institutions.

Government Relations

The Power of Grassroots Advocacy by Schools Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Aaron Shenck, Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA)

This session will walk schools through the importance of grassroots lobbying/advocacy with their local, state and federal officials. The one-hour session will cover what grassroots advocacy is, why it is important for schools, strategies that schools can use to advocate, how to maximize wins and minimize losses, how to build political capital with public officials and knowing when to use it, awareness of political risk in negative advocacy, and other related topics.

Government Relations

Spotlighting Clery Act and Title IX Compliance Issues at Career Colleges Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Sherry Gray, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Dan Brozovic, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville Katherine Demedis, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville

Is your career college fully compliant with the Clery Act and Title IX?  This presentation will examine compliance with the relevant rules and guidance through a discussion of scenarios focused on career colleges and online education, as well as updates from the new administration's early approach to Title IX. 

Student Success

Student Success

Improve your soft skills training program with employer research Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Dr. Amanda Opperman, Wonderlic, Inc. Michael Callans, Wonderlic, Inc.

Attendees of this session will learn about the most recent research findings affecting soft skills training for career education programs. The presenter will share information about which soft skills are teachable and which soft skills we are "born with." In addition, employer data on the ten most important soft skills and which learning objectives relate to those ten soft skills will be shared. Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of which soft skills to teach in their programs, in addition to how to best measure and verify those skills. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

10:30 – 11:30 am

Campus Development

Campus Development

Ask the Experts -- Advertising & Marketing Best Practices Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Vince Norton, Norton | Norris, Inc Roger Becker, Becker Media Dr. Andrew Beedle, Norton | Norris, Inc Mitch Talenfeld, MDT Marketing

Join four industry experts as they each present a best practice for traditional or digital marketing/advertising before they open the floor to the audience for a lively "open forum" question/answer session.

Government Relations

Government Relations

There's a New Audit Guide - Now What? Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Diane DiFebbo, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Brenda Scherer, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

The long-awaited financial aid audit guide has been released and there are some significant changes.  This session will walk you through the requirements of the new audit guide and help you prepare for your next audit.

Government Relations

ED's Incentive Compensation Regulations Six Years Out -- What has Changed, What has not Changed, and What Could be in Store in the New Administration Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Blain Butner, Cooley LLP Joseph Holt, San Joaquin Valley College

It has been six years since ED overhauled the "incentive compensation" regulations.  Come to this session to learn how the implementation of these regulations has changed over the years since 2011, what remains the same, and how this important area of institutional operations could change further under the Trump Administration.  The presenters are very familiar with the evolution of the incentive compensation rules, and will be prepared to address any new developments up to the time of the CECU convention.

Government Relations

Breaking Down the New Borrower Defense Rule Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Aaron Lacey, Thompson Coburn LLP

This session will 

  1. Provide an overview of the borrower defense rule-making and the new rule's various components (e.g., borrower defense, financial responsibility, closed school discharge, arbitration prohibition)
  2. Explore in detail the new borrower defense claim framework
  3. Examine the risk created for institutions and discuss risk mitigation strategies
  4. Review any pending challenges to the rule (e.g., congressional action, suspension order, rule-making, lawsuits).

Student Success

Student Success

Emergent Competing Career Education Models: Opportunities and Challenges for CECU Schools Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Stanley A. Freeman, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Boot camps, industry partnerships, corporate sponsored training, apprenticeship programs and other alternative program models are taking on an increasingly prominent role in career and technical education.  These evolving approaches to occupational training, in combination with emergent constraints on governmental and private student aid, have the potential to reshape the way career education is provided nationally.  The new models deploy accelerated programs, sophisticated online platforms, and other technological advancements in instructional delivery as new means of meeting industry's critical need for a specialized and prepared workforce.  The push to reduce borrower indebtedness and pressures on student lending in HEA reauthorization may enhance market share for these alternative models.   This session will identify and describe these new learning models and will evaluate the opportunities, challenges, and competition that they present to traditional career education.

Student Success

Prepare your students for the workforce with competency-based soft skills training and credentialing Wednesday, June 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am Dr. Amanda Opperman, Wonderlic, Inc. Charlie Wonderlic, Wonderlic, Inc.

Prepare your students for the workforce with competency-based soft skills training and credentialing

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Campus Development

Campus Development

Adapting and evolving: A panel discussion with higher education executives Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Aaron Edwards, Keypath Education Fardad Fateri, IEC John Hopkins, Post University Jim Bologa, Porter and Chester

Campus Development

All About the Outcomes - Always Visit Ready Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Darcy Dauderis, International Education Corporation

In today's environment, it is a given that outcomes are more important than ever! Let's look at ways to monitor and enhance our outcomes in ways that impact student success in "œreal-time" and ensure our campuses are always "visit ready." This session explores the "ownership" of outcomes, monitoring and reporting, and managing external forces impacting outcomes like credentialing and licensing. Even with limited resources, there are simple ways to ensure quality outcomes, ensure tomorrow's workforce is well-equipped, and our institutions can withstand any visit, any time.

Government Relations

Government Relations

Preventing Placement Rate Misrepresentation Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Elizabeth Herron, Collegiate Admission and Retention Solutions

Findings of misrepresentation consistently find their way into the U.S. Department of Education's "Top Ten Audit and Program Review Findings."  Juggling multiple definitions of "placed" to comply with state, accreditation and federal guidelines is challenging, but the cost of an error in calculating placement rates can be irrecoverable.

Join Elizabeth Keifer Herron for a review of a variety of regulations regarding placement rates, receive tips for obtaining and maintaining the most accurate records possible, and strategies to validate the accuracy of your data.

Government Relations

Once More Into the Breach Observations From the Regulatory Front Lines Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Steven Gombos, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C. Trish Leonard, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C.

Institutions work hard to maintain compliance with myriad regulatory and legal requirements.  Join experienced attorneys and consultants for a discussion of how interactions with the Department, accreditors, and other regulatory bodies can go wrong (and right).  This session will provide an overview of recent trends in terms of program review findings and Departmental demands for information, accreditor actions and reactions, and other policy and procedure considerations which can help resolve issues, findings, or other problems.  Discussion topics will include a view of the current regulatory climate, best practices for preparing for on-site visits, and recommendations about how to draft responses.  The presenters will provide their observations about how to most effectively ensure ongoing compliance on both day-to-day and longer-term bases, including ideas about data collection and retention, ensuring appropriate training, and demonstrating ongoing compliance efforts.

Student Success

Student Success

Technology Strategies that Empower Student Success Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Karli Grant, Campus Management Corp. Raymond Todd Blackwood, Campus Management Corp.

Today's students are well-versed in technology and have high expectations of how it will assist their academic career. From the institution’s perspective, though, there may be several disparate tools involved in supporting the student lifecycle. Learn new strategies and hear how a variety of institutions are using mobile, constituent relationship management (CRM), learning management (LMS) and student information (SIS) systems to have a positive impact on retention, persistence, and completion.

Student Success

The Principles of Professionalism: Ensuring Your Students Make the Grade in the Real World Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Pamela Eyring, The Protocol School of Washington

One of the most important and final lessons you can ever give a student is to ensure they are prepared to enter the real world. Learn how to pass along the Principles of Professionalism to your students that will give them the ultimate competitive edge. You will learn how to teach interview preparation, how to make a lasting first impression, and how to give business protocol and etiquette tips that truly make a difference in today's multicultural workforce.

Student Success

Teach Like a Superhero ... No Cape Required Wednesday, June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, BMcHAWK TALKS, LLC

It's no secret that trying to connect with and reach today's students can be a challenge of seemingly epic proportions.  Attend this interactive session to learn and experience a teaching methodology that effective educators use all while uncovering your own hidden superpowers!

New educators will get the perfect foundation for starting out in the right direction to be a world-class teacher, and experienced educators will walk away refreshed and renewed.  You will know how to energize today's student at the start and end of every class and how to deliver any course content in a meaningful and engaging way that prepares students for the success on your campus and success in the demanding world of work.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10:00 – 11:00 am

Campus Development

Campus Development

Program Review Basics Thursday, June 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am Patricia Edelson, Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose Nicholas Hudalla , Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose

Program Review Basics 
Detailed guidance for Campus Leaders and Educators on how to successfully go through the program review process to ensure positive results.
The session will Include information on how to prepare for a program review; what to expect before, during, and after the Department's on-site visit through to the final letter of Determination.

Government Relations

Government Relations

Government Investigations: What to Expect, How to Prepare and When to Conduct Your Own Thursday, June 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am David Mills, Cooley LLP. Scott Casanover, American Career College and West Coast University

Proprietary schools have endured several years of intense scrutiny in the form of state and federal government investigations.  While the new Administration might ease off the gas pedal a bit, investigations by the Department of Education, Department of Justice, State AGs and other agencies are not likely to go away.  This session explores how to prepare for and handle various types of government investigations, and when and how it might be advisable to conduct your own internal investigation.  

Government Relations

The New Regulatory and Legal Enforcement Regime: The First Six Months Of The Trump Administration And A Look Forward At Regulatory Enforcement and Legal Actions Thursday, June 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am Jim Zelenay, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Tony Guida, Duane Morris Yolanda Gallegos, Gallegos Legal Group Steven Gombos, Ritzert Leyton PC

In this session, we plan to examine how the change in administration has affected regulatory and legal enforcement affecting the industry.  Specifically, we intend to examine among others the following topics: 

  • How the U.S. Department of Education has modified or changed its practices, in terms of regulatory enforcement, with the change in administrations. As part of this, we may address regulatory enforcement matters relating to gainful employment, state authorization, borrower defense to repayment, and other rules.  We may also discuss the background and potential trajectory of ED-appointed officials, as appropriate. 
  • How other federal agencies, such as the CFPB, SEC, FTC, have modified or changed their practices, in terms of regulatory enforcement, with the change in administrations.  We may also discuss the status of the CFPB, in light of the recent ruling from the D.C. Circuit that its structure is unconstitutional.
  • How state attorneys general have or have not modified (or may or may not modify) their enforcement practices from the prior administration's hostility of the sector will we see increased activity at the state level, or less activity?
  • How have the courts recently evolved in terms of litigation affecting the sector, particularly in False Claims Act and consumer litigation affecting the sector.  Are courts trending in a positive or negative direction for the sector?  How do we anticipate the change in administrations affecting litigation against the sector, including via judicial appointments?
  • How have changes in enforcement by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement affected institutions' ability to enroll international students through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.  
  • The court of public opinion are cases against educational institutions going to trial, and what have been the results?  How do we see the evolution of public opinion (if any at that time) affecting litigation against the sector? 

This session will be both retrospective (where we examine how the change in administration has already affected regulatory and legal enforcement against the sector) as well as prospective (how we see the change in administration affecting matters going forward).  We will punctuate each of the above issues with specific examples of regulatory or legal enforcement matters against  schools, and anticipate this will be of great interest to the audience.  We will also identify specific items of interest that the audience should pay attention to going forward.

Student Success

Student Success

Active Learning: No Tech, Low Tech, High Tech and the Interdisciplinary Team Experience Thursday, June 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am John Olson, ECPI University Barbara Larar, ECPI University

People learn best when they experience the topic. This presentation will engage participants in the evolution of active learning in terms of the different activities faculty members can employ.

At the primordial stage, No Tech activities are ones that engage students without the use of technology (paper or person-to-person). Many of these are easy to employ and require limited set up. 

As active learning and technology evolved, the Low Tech stage came into being. These are strategies that use web and Web 2.0 platforms to engage the student in the learning process.

The current and upcoming stage of active learning is High Tech and the Interdisciplinary Team Experience. This stage engages students in virtual reality or creates a real life experience that integrates multiple disciplines across a curriculum. 

For this presentation, participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities that exemplify each level of the active learning life cycle.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Campus Development

Campus Development

10 Proven Steps to Improve the ROI of your Pay-Per-Click Campaign Thursday, June 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Gary Thorup, MDT Marketing Mehr Grewal, Google

If you're like most institutions, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising via networks like Google AdWords serves as the foundation of your digital advertising strategy.  But do you truly know the right levers to pull in order to effectively optimize your campaign?

Co-presented by Google, this interactive and informative session will cover the key concepts you must know in order to effectively improve the return on your PPC campaign investments.

Government Relations

Government Relations

Crime Story: Campus Crime Reporting Best Practices Thursday, June 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Stephen. Chema, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C. Bill Kohlhoff, Ritzert & Leyton, P.C.

Recent media reports demonstrate came crime reporting is a serious regulatory focus for the Department of Education.  In this session, attorneys and campus officials will discuss how the Program Review process works and offer advice and discussion about recommended ways to make sure your school is prepared.  The focus remains on how to assist schools get ready for a review, put them in a position to succeed, and identify strategies to effectively communicate with and respond to the Department.  This session will also include discussion of specific findings made and requests issued by the Department in the context of actual Program Reviews conducted over the past five to ten years.  Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions or identify specific concerns related to how Program Reviews are (typically) conducted.

Government Relations

The State of Gainful Employment: What's Next for Your School and ED's Rule Thursday, June 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Aaron Lacey, Thompson Coburn LP

This session will examine the specific gainful employment challenges that are, or soon will be, facing schools as of mid-2017.  The presenters will discuss student warnings, projecting second year rates, and best practices for successful alternate earnings appeals (based on lessons learned during the first round of appeals).  The presenters also will discuss any challenges to the rule that may be in play as of mid-2017, to include suspension orders, rule making, and lawsuits, the likelihood that such challenges will be successful, and the impact they will have if successful

Student Success

Student Success

Virtual Reality Simulation Training to Improve Engagement & Career Readiness Thursday, June 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Micaela Alpers, Career TEAM Harrison Tonne, Career TEAM Dr. Amanda Smith, Ultimate Medical Academy

Virtual Reality has made its way into higher education!  Learn about the history and technology behind Virtual Reality and how to utilize immersive 360 training to improve soft skills and professional development.  Join Vice Provost, Dr. Amanda Smith as she shares insights on how to implement a Virtual Reality across the curriculum.

Student Success

Background Investigations and Their Effect On Your Students' Outcome Thursday, June 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Brian Bodkin, careerandtalenthub.com Barbara Wyskowski Esq., careerandtalenthub.com

Students apply for multiple job opportunities but what goes on behind the scenes after the application is submitted? Students have little knowledge regarding what happens during the background investigation process and how it will affect their outcome. What students don't know will result in lost job opportunities. This presentation will provide career counseling professionals with substantive knowledge that will enable them to add value to their services. Placement of your students in a job in their field of study is a primary objective for post-secondary schools. Career counselors can help their students improve their prospects for employment if they understand what occurs during the background investigation process. 

Our presentation will include an applicant's rights during the background investigation process. A review of key rights applicants have during the application process will include the right to a copy of a background investigation that is conducted and the right to dispute any incorrect information in the report. Knowing your rights can mean the difference between a successful hire and failure. The background investigation process is a labor intensive and errors are often made by the background check vendor, former employers, schools and the criminal court system. These errors will result in lost job opportunities. We will discuss how students can mitigate these mistakes. 

Discussions will include how background investigation companies develop information, or in some cases, do not develop information that is beneficial to your students that can result in a lost opportunity. The presentation will demonstrate how students can cultivate references to enhance their resume and impress a recruiter.

Does a student have a criminal record or are they unsure about an incident that occurred in the past? The presentation will review how your students can determine if the record is reportable for employment purposes and how to mitigate an adverse record. We will review the ban the box controversy and what a background investigation company may find during the criminal record research process, and the proactive steps one can take if they have a criminal record. 

Attendees will learn how students can enhance their resume and get the recruiter's attention. We will review the proactive steps to engage employers, supervisors, teachers, instructors and others with whom they have interacted who can serve as positive and informative references during the background investigation process. Our presentation will review the primary reasons why individuals are denied employment and how to proactively take steps to correct these issues. The goal is to obtain a flawless background investigation for the prospective employer to review and get the job.

Note: Session times and dates are subject to change based on confirmation by presenters.