Annual Conference

The PNACAC Annual Conference is our organization’s premier professional development opportunity bringing together over 300 individuals who share our goal. Through workshops, educational sessions, shared interest group conversations, counseling and enrollment professionals gain new knowledge and a revived enthusiasm to improve the opportunities for students across our five states.

2018 Conference Logo

May 23-25, 2018 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA



 

Registration

Registration for the 2018 PNACAC Conference is now open. 

Pricing:

  Early Bird Regular Late On-Site
  February 1 - March 16 March 17 - April 20 April 21 - May 11 May 23-25
Member

One Day:  $95

Full Conference:  $220

One Day:  $105

Full Conference:  $240

One Day:  $130

Full Conference:  $290

One Day:  $185

Full Conference:  $370

Non-Member

One Day:  $130

Full Conference:  $270

One Day:  $150

Full Conference:  $290

One Day:  $160

Full Conference:  $345

One Day:  $185

Full Conference:  $370

 

*If you have applied for a scholarship, please wait to hear from the scholarship committee before registering.

2018 PNACAC Conference Registration

 

Schedule

Wednesday, May 23

7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Conference Check-In, Registration and Information Table
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Events (Golf, College Tours, Mental Health and the College Process)
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA)
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. President's Meeting with Past Presidents (Invite Only)
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibitor and Sponsor Fair Open
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Re-Connect: Welcome and Keynote Speaker
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Session 1
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Special Interest Groups
4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PNACAC Student College Fair Set Up
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PNACAC Student College Fair or Dinner On Your Own
7:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Reflect: President's Reception

Thursday, May 24

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Conference Check-In, Registration and Information Table
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. First Timers, Deans and Directors, Local Counselors Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Exhibitor and Sponsor Fair Open
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Session 2
9:40 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Recharge: Learning Lounge Sessions and Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 3
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Business Meeting
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Session 4
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Counselors' College Fair and Card Swap
4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner On Your Own
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Rewind: PNACAC Social

Friday, May 25

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Registration and Information Table, Breakfast Snacks and Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Session 5
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Session 6
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch, Closing Speakers and Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. Post Conference Tour Options

Conference Scholarships

Apply for a registration scholarship to attend the 2018 PNACAC Conference today!

Conference Scholarship

 

Proposals

  • Are you ready to REengage with your fellow PNACAC members?
  • Maybe REinvent a presentation on your favorite best practice in college admissions?
  • Perhaps you would like to REexamine a hot topic and lead a round table discussion?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we want you to REact!

Submit a proposal for the 2018 PNACAC Conference

 

The Details

Sessions are 60 minutes in length and can take the form of panels, facilitated group discussions, presentations, and IDEA per-conference round table discussions.  Presentations should be interactive and allow time for audience questions/discussions.

Participating as a PNACAC presenter is a great opportunity to grow professionally and to share best practices, insights, new strategies, or great programs that have been successful at your institution. We seek a diverse set of session topics and presenters and hope to have sessions offered by and for high school counselors (public and private), independent counselors, community-based organizations, and college admission representatives (public and private, two- and four-year). 

 

Sample Session Topics

To get you started, here are some session topics pertinent in our field, (and there are many more):

  • Supporting undocumented students
  • Learning from both sides of the desk (high school counselors and admission counselors share what helps them)
  • Test optional admission policies
  • Best practices for communicating with students via social media and texting
  • Self-reported test scores & grades—Is this the wave of the future?
  • Guiding students in the transition from community colleges to 4-year schools
  • Prior Prior Year FAFSA -a panel on challenges and advantages one-year out
  • Moving into an independent counselor role
  • Current governmental policies that affect the field & how to be an advocate
  • Round table discussion around dual enrollment, AP, IB, and other ways to potentially earn college credit in high school
  • How CBOs, high school counselors, and admission counselors can collaborate to support underrepresented students
  • Hot topics specifically for 4-year schools, 2-year schools, and high schools

Submitting your Proposal

Completing the online Session Proposal Form is easy! Please have the following information ready as you submit:

  • Session Title (75 character limit)
  • Description of Session (to be printed in conference materials, 75 word limit)
  • Learning Outcomes (two key outcomes attendees will take away from session)
  • Target audience and experience levels for which it is appropriate

Proposals are due by the priority date of February 15, 2018.

The committee thanks you for your interest, and we look forward to REviewing your proposals.  Individuals will be notified by March 1 if submissions were accepted.  Selected individuals have until March 15 to confirm attendance. 

 

Questions?

Please contact the Sessions co-chairs:

Carie Weeks, Assistant Dean of Admission, Gonzaga University, weeks@gonzaga.edu

Patrick Wilson, Associate Director of Admission, Linfield College, pwilson@linfield.edu

 

Conference Exhibitors and Sponsorship

Click here for Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information.

2018 PNACAC Conference Exhibitor Registration and Sponsorship

 

Benefits of Attending

PNACAC serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington by promoting ethical standards and providing resources to our members and colleagues who guide and empower students as they prepare for college admission. Our goal is to ensure every student in the Pacific Northwest has access to informed, engaged, and ethical college admission professionals in public and independent secondary schools, community-based organizations, community colleges and public and independent four-year colleges and universities.

The PNACAC Annual Conference is our organization’s premier professional development opportunity bringing together over 300 individuals who share our goal. Through workshops, educational sessions, shared interest group conversations, counseling and enrollment professionals gain new knowledge and a revived enthusiasm to improve the opportunities for students across our five states.

By attending our annual conference and pre-conference opportunities, you will:

  • Learn about important updates for the upcoming application cycle;
  • Network with college admission and counseling colleagues outside your office;
  • Acquire best practices, knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a changing student and parent mindset;
  • Meet and connect with leaders in the region;
  • Tour colleges to better understand the region's diverse post-secondary opportunities;
  • Recharge your passion for the profession and the important work we all do;
  • Return to your office ready to implement and try new practices; and,
  • Engage with your profession and a vibrant community that can be available to support you after you’ve left.

 

Clock Hours: PNACAC will provide clock hours to counselors from Washington state for attending the PNACAC annual conference. Stop by the Volunteer Table (near the Registration Table) to pick up your paperwork! Clock Hours are free for PNACAC members, or $2/credit for non-members.

Credit Hours: Professional development credit for the PNACAC Annual Conference is now available! More information about how to register and pay for professional development credit will be updated here shortly.

Certificate of Attendance: Available to all conference attendees. Stop by the Volunteer Table (near the Registration Table) to request your certificate.