Workshop Format and Proposal Process
Workshops are 45 minutes in length. Participants sit in theater or classroom type seating. The presenter(s) tend to use PowerPoint or some type of media presentation. 

You must submit your proposal via the google web form at by August 31, 2018.  Please carefully read the following information before you submit your proposal.  We encourage you to submit as early as possible, we will be evaluating proposals as they are received. Once a proposal is accepted, we will be working with the breakout session presenters to select a time choices will become more limited as we get closer to the event date. You may submit more than one proposal, but we will give priority to providing as many different presenters as possible an opportunity to participate.  Presentations must be non-commercial. For profit entities are welcome to participate as sponsors and/or exhibitors and should contact Diana Wiest at

Proposal Submission
The information gathered during the program submission process will be used by the PNWAEC Committee to determine proposal acceptance and to prepare conference marketing materials. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete, accurate, and grammatically correct.

Group presentation submissions and panel discussions are highly encouraged, within and across institutions. PNWAEC reserves the right to combine similar proposals into a single presentation slot, and to limit the number of presentations by a single organization in order to give opportunity for the broadest range of presentations.

On your workshop proposal form, you must include the following information:

  • Workshop Title: 10 word maximum; may be edited for publication
  • Short Session Description for the Program: 50 words maximum; may be edited for publication
  • Conference Strands: You will be asked to choose from one of the five conference strands. Strand descriptions can be found below
  • Session Learning Objectives: Please identify 3-5 learning objectives that participants will learn or gain from the session
  • Detailed Description (500 words maximum): This is your opportunity to provide a more thorough description as to the content and structure of your session. You must address the following:
    • Consistency with one of the conference strands or the theme of the conference
    • How the workshop reflects new ideas, or innovations, or important issues that impact expanding Registered Apprenticeship
    • Strategies the presenter(s) will use to engage the audience and allow for audience participation or interaction
    • Clarity in purpose, objectives, outcomes, and content
    • Qualifications of the presenter(s)
  • Audio Visual Requirements
    • Your final presentation slides (if applicable) must be submitted no later than November 15, 2018
  • Presenter(s) contact information, including:
    • First and Last Name
    • Organization/Institution Name
    • Email address

Conference Strands
The Program Committee knows that not every proposal will fit nicely into one of the strands and welcome submissions that include innovation and best practices that support expanding Registered Apprenticeship.  Workshops are 45 minutes and length we encourage you allow 10 minutes for audience Question and Answer

Registered Apprenticeship Basics

Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is a proven educational model that continues to be an enigma to many.  Workshops in this session are designed to breakdown the misunderstandings and myths of apprenticeship, showcase opportunities in youth RA, successful and innovative models of RA, apprentice preparation and more……

Registered Apprenticeship Value Proposition

Workshops in this session should address the Return on Investment afforded by Registered Apprenticeship.  Consideration will be given to presentations such as employer champion panels, ROI for the individual and ROI for the community and economic development. 

Collaboration and Partnership
Recognizing that successful expansion of Registered Apprenticeship is a team effort, workshops in this strand could include but not be limited to: Partner Roles (Public Agencies, Education providers/Associations, Workforce Intermediaries and Employers), Program development supports, Expanding existing programs, Innovative partnerships and collaboration.

Supporting Employers
Participating in RA as an employer, whether starting a new program or participating in an existing program can seem to some like a daunting task. This session should include strategies and ideas that support employers to be successful and sustainable in participating in RA as a solution to their workforce needs. Examples may include innovations through Career Connect WA, opportunities to support diversifying the workforce, Employer “How to Guide for RA) and more.


Main Presenter Responsibilities

  1. All accepted presenters (main and co-presenters) must register and pay to attend the conference. Early-bird registration ends on August 31, 2018.  
  2. Accepted presenters and co-presenters are responsible for all related conference expenses including presenter registration, travel, lodging and meals not provided with the conference.
  3. Most workshops at the PNWAEC conference have between 40-60 participants, so plan accordingly. If you are bringing support materials, you are responsible for getting the materials to the workshop.
  4. By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to present at any time during the conference. Any preferences or requests for specific time slots can be made during the submission process, and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Other Information

  • Workshop proposals must be submitted no later than August 31, 2018, 4:00pm EDT
  • The Lead Presenter will be notified by September 31, 2018 if the workshop proposal is accepted for presentation
  • Once the workshops are scheduled, the Lead Presenter will receive one email requesting edits for the programs. No edits will be accepted after October 31, 2018.

Workshop Presenter Agreement
By submitting a proposal for the 2018 PNWAEC Annual Conference, you agree to:

  1. Have all of your session presenters register and pay the Conference Registration Fee by August 31, 2018.
  2. Present your workshop during assigned time slot(s).
  3. Permit the PNWAEC Program Committee to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content to fit within the structure of the conference program.
  4. Allow PNWAEC to use your session information for marketing materials.
  5. Agree to submit your workshop presentation slides to PNWAEC within 20 days after the conference so that the slides may be posted on the PNWAEC conference webpage.

For any additional questions regarding the call for proposals, please contact Diana Wiest at

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