2018 P-16 Professional Development Conference

When: 06/26/2018 07:30 AM-04:00 PM
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin, 6505 North Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78752

This conference is intended to bridge secondary and postsecondary education and support the goals of the 60x30TX Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan. High school counselors, admissions advisors from two-year and four-year institutions, and other educators interested in learning more about college access and success across Texas are invited to attend.


8:30- 9:30AM

Keynote Address 
Dr. Timothy Renick,Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Georgia State University


Leveraging Partnerships to Support College and Career Pathways (Presentation)
Melissa Lopez, Director, GEARUP: Ready, Set, College! Partnership, Region One Education Service Center

Dual Credit/Early College High School Update (Presentation)
Andrew Lofters, Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Dual Credit

Making Progress with Access and Success (Presentation)
Wendell Williams, Special Assistant to the President, Texas Southern University, and Dr. Charlene James, Executive Director, Student Academic Support Services

The S.I.N. of Dual Credit Programs:  Success, Innovation, and Negative Perceptions 
Dr. Shasta Buchanan, Associate Vice President, College and High School Relations, Austin Community College

Roscoe Collegiate P-20 System Model for Student Success 
Kim Alexander, Superintendent, Roscoe Collegiate ISD

Successfully Navigating the College Application Process: Assisting Your Students Through the Rocket Science of University Admission (Presentation)
Rebecca Lothringer, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and University Admissions, University of North Texas


Bridging the Gap
LaQuesha Foster, Manager of Educational Partnership, Dallas County Community College District - District Office

Texas Success Initiative Overview (Presentation)
Suzanne Morales-Vale, Ph.D., Director of Development and Adult Education, and Keylan Morgan, Program Specialist, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

College Success Through Financial Literacy (Presentation)
Patsy Collins, Director, Student Money Management Center, Sam Houston State University

No More Educated Guessing: Know Your Labor Market Trends to Discover Useful Skills for the Future Workforce
Micah Carpenter, Education Outreach Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission

Student Success Initiatives That Move the Needle (Presentation)
Cheryl G. Sanders, Dean of Student Engagement and Retention and Diana Ortega-Feerick, Ed.D. Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Retention, Del Mar College

Advising for Success (Presentation)
Jacob Barrios, College Adviser, UT AdviseTX College Advising Corps, Erin Mosley, College Adviser, UT College Advising Corps, and Nathan Schwausch, College Adviser, UT College Advising Corps


Getting Students To and Through Higher Education
Panelists: Evelyn Waiwaiole, University of Texas at Austin, Christine Hubbard, North Texas Community College Consortium,Jarrad Toussant,Texas Education Agency,Gilbert Zavala, Austin Chamber of Commerce


College and Career Readiness; It’s All About Perspective (Presentation)
Ebony Stewart, M.Ed., LPC, College and Career Readiness Counselor, Midway High School, Midway ISD, Robin Wilson, Ph.D., AVID District Director, Waco ISD

The Role of Academic Advising in Reaching 60X30TX
Evelyn Waiwaiole, Executive Director, University of Texas at Austin, Community College Student Engagement Program in Higher Education Leadership and College Advising

ROAD TRIP! Snacks, Check. Phone, Check. Financial Literacy, ah-I Forgot... Turn the Car Around! (Presentation)
Jennifer Wilson , Assistant Director/Instructor, Personal Finance Program, Texas Tech University

Regional Targets: Local Creativity to Achieve 60x30TX (Presentation)
Jenna Cullinane Hege, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning, and Luis Pablo Martinez, Program Director, Data Training Specialist, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

College and Career Readiness: Essentials for Practitioners and Educators
Belinda Lopez, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Special Populations, Lamar University, and Robert Carlisle, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Lamar University

Texas OnCourse: Preparing Students for Postsecondary Readiness
Kathy Zarate, Fellows Coordinator, and Lara Gueguen, Partnerships Coordinator, Texas OnCourse, University of Texas at Austin

3:00- 4:00PM 

Closing Remarks
Marcus W. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Texas State University