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4th Annual Post-Secondary & Career Education Conference

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555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Postsecondary and Career Education Conference is an annual event that serves as a catalyst for best practices, new trends, networking opportunities and professional development for District of Columbia’s college and career education providers.

“Developing the District’s Workforce,” the theme for the 2014 conference, will offer up to nine dynamic workshops and panel discussions that highlight current conversations in the postsecondary and career education landscape. The conference discussions will include “Early College and Dual Enrollment Strategies,” “Career Programs for District Students,” “District-level Data Presentation,” “Demystifying the College Admissions Process” and “Smart College Choices: Improving College Match and Fit.”

The 4th Annual Postsecondary and Career Education Conference is open to educators, college access providers, and those engaged in workforce development across the District of Columbia. Please join us for a day of meaningful discourse, networking and collaboration.

No cost for attendance, but space is limited. Register now with Eventbrite:


College Readiness and Access Tools

In an age of proliferating apps and cloud-based programs, there are an ever-growing number of cutting-edge college readiness and access tools available, but it has become increasingly difficult to determine those of quality.  This workshop will provide information on a variety of proven and effective college access and awareness tools, approximate cost (where applicable), and how to introduce them within schools. 


Smart College Choice: Improving College Match and Fit

More and more of our students are enrolling in college each year, yet too often they choose an institution that is not quite the right fit, decreasing their chances of success.  In this session participants will learn about “match and fit,” enabling them to match their students to the right programs – including how to access available tools, how to research schools, and how to compile a “match list” using specific data. District-level data on where students succeed will be discussed as well. 


College Retention Efforts and Engaging Alumni

An increasing number of District students are gaining access to college, but too many fail to complete.  How can we improve our students’ retention rates? This panel will be devoted to an exploration of a plethora of retention initiatives, including how to build an alumni program, how to access data resources for tracking post-high school student outcomes, and how to build a transition program for students and parents. 


Working with Special Populations at Both High School and College Level

While much of the focus programmatically and in the media has been on low-income students, there are a number of special sub-populations that face inordinate struggles in both gaining access to and succeeding in college and career programs. In this workshop a set of panelists will share their insights into assisting students of various special populations - including homeless youth, special education students, and the non-FAFSA eligible - in accessing and completing postsecondary and career education programs.


Standardized Testing: How to Prepare Students for the Test and Navigate Testing Preparation 

Standardized tests can often prove vexing not only for our students, but to the educators who strive to prepare them as best they can.  In this session participants will learn comprehensive test preparation strategies for both the SAT and ACT in addition to discovering what information is available on SAT Subject Tests. 


Preparing Students for College and Careers: Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has changed drastically in the past few decades. CTE now prepares students for careers in engineering, information technology, law and criminal justice, and scientific research, as well as other high-wage and high- demand fields. Embracing project-based learning, authentic assessments, and paid internships, CTE is recognized as a proven method to engage students, increase high school graduation rates, and improve college enrollment and completion. This session will explore the District of Columbia’s new and coordinated approach to CTE, focusing particularly on the nine career academies scheduled to open to District students in fall 2014.


Career Programs for District Students

There are multiple pathways to success for our students, not simply those that lead to a four year degree, but also those that lead to a career or technical credential. This session will provide an overview of career programs in the District, including trends in job growth, and how to match students to career and certificate programs. 


Early College and Dual Enrollment Strategies

Research has shown that students exposed to a college-going culture at an early age and those participating in dual enrollment programs have a higher chance of success in college. In this panel discussion, attendees will learn how to start a dual enrollment program, how to create university partnerships for early college awareness programs, how to identify summer academic programs for students, and how to secure financial aid. 


Local University Trends for DC Students

With a number of world-class institutions at their doorstep, it is no wonder that many of our students opt to enroll at universities close to home.  What have these universities seen from District students? This workshop will showcase a panel of local university admissions representatives who will share their perspective on DC students, in terms of both their challenges and strengths. 


Overview of OSSE Postsecondary Division

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Postsecondary Division perennially punches above its weight with myriad innovative and envelope-pushing programs.  This workshop, as led by OSSE staff, will discuss changes to the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program, the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Strategic Plan, Dual Enrollment, and Middle School Initiatives.


Pathways to Employment: Developing Career Programs with Employers

While we often emphasize the issues of college access and readiness, what of the end goal, employment?  In the District today there are a number of organizations tackling the issue of building pathways to employment for youth.  In this panel, participants will learn of ways to construct partnerships with business and corporate entities, enabling students to gain valuable professional skills and experience.  Additionally, attendees will gain insight into the particular sort of services provided to alumni of these programs in their quest to secure gainful employment.


District-level Data Presentation

Living in the times of “big data” has taught us the value of creating data-driven programs for our students.  Luckily for those working in education in the District, OSSE has collected highly valuable and illuminating data on our students’ postsecondary experiences.  In this workshop attendees will receive an overview of District retention rates and learn at which colleges DC students are successful (both TAG and non-TAG recipients), as well as learn how to use and request OSSE data.


Demystifying the College Admissions Process

Do you ever feel that you just don’t quite get the admissions process to college? Do want to learn what college admission professionals are looking for so that this circuitous process becomes easier?  By attending this workshop participants will acquire that highly useful insight and perspective in addition to learning how to make students stand out and explore different strategies for financial aid. 
Michael Longaro
(202) 251-7856