2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit

Tuesday, July 23 - Thursday, July 25, 2024

Gateway Technical College

Sturtevant, Kenosha & Racine, Wisconsin

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We are excited to welcome you to the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit, which will be hosted at NC3’s founding school, Gateway Technical College.


The NC3 Annual Leadership Summit is a premier event that brings together education leaders and industry experts from across the world to share and plan the future of skills training. We hope you will join us to connect with colleagues, discuss new industry initiatives, hear from fellow NC3 Leadership Schools, and learn how you can transform the future of skills training.


REGISTRATION FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT NC3.

Contact Elizabeth with general questions about the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit



[email protected] | 703.975.5959

Contact Hannah about NC3 Membership benefits and/or if you're interested in joining the NC3 Network



hannah.p[email protected] | 608.220.7408

Contact Charlene about the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit invoicing and/or payment process


[email protected] |

262.237.0339

Agenda At-A-Glance

Tuesday, July 23, 2024


Programming and events for new NC3 Leadership School members, prospective members, and/or new faculty of tenured member schools.


1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT: New Member Orientation


Located at the SC Johnson iMET Center


  • NC3 Membership Overview 
  • Industry Partner Networking Activity


4:30 pm - 6:15 pm CT: New Member Happy Hour


Located at the SC Johnson iMET Center


  • A special event for new NC3 Leadership School members! Mingle with the NC3 team, NC3's Global Industry Partners, and other NC3 Leadership School colleagues.


*Appetizers and beverages provided by NC3


Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Programming and events for new members and tenured members; everyone is encouraged to attend!


8:15 am - 4:40 pm CT: Day 1 of the Full Conference


Located at the Madrigrano Conference Center at Gateway's Kenosha Campus


  • Opening Remarks 
  • Keynote Presentation - We Are All In This Together: How to Build a Talent Pipeline from Kindergarten to Career

In this presentation, Dr. Angie Andersson, from KTEC High School, will challenge the traditional viewpoint that technical education starts in high school or later. Through audience participation, she'll explore the importance of building an intentional system of technical education that begins in early childhood education. Dr. Andersson will address the need to change the narrative around career exploration and the key foundational skills and competencies that can be nurtured during these early years.

  • Panel - Creating High-Impact NC3 Centers of Excellence

Panelists will explore the crucial elements of educational and workforce facility planning, including securing grants and funding, navigating policy frameworks, and forging meaningful partnerships with state and local leaders, businesses, and the broader community. They will share best practices and innovative strategies for leveraging resources effectively to establish state-of-the-art facilities that meet the evolving needs of both learners and industries. In addition, the panel will delve into the critical role of instructor professional development in ensuring the success and sustainability of these NC3 Centers of Excellence.

  • Hands-on Learning Activities
  • Panel - Embracing Skills-Based Hiring: Industry Partnerships in Certification-Centric Education

Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring insights from the industry and education leaders who are spearheading efforts to bridge the gap between education and workforce needs through competency-based certifications. Panelists will share firsthand experiences and success stories of collaboration with local schools to integrate industry-recognized certifications into their hiring practices and why they are more important than ever. Learn how these partnerships are reshaping hiring practices by prioritizing skills over traditional credentials.

  • Hear From Your Peers Presentations
  • Technical Education for All: Inclusive Practices for Student Success - KTEC High School
  • Optimizing Partnerships and Making a Difference for Students - Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Bridging the Gap: Practical Math and Measurement Skills for Industry Success - Fresno City College
  • Success and Struggles at a Public Charter School for At-Risk Students - Sheboygan Central High School
  • Leveraging NC3 & SkillsUSA for Student Success
  • Building Manufacturing Pathways with SME PRIME & NC3


*Light breakfast and lunch provided by NC3


4:40 - 5:45 pm CT: Networking Reception


Located at Gateway's Kenosha Campus


  • Mingle with the NC3 team, NC3's Global Industry Partners, and other NC3 Leadership School colleagues.


*Appetizers and beverages provided by NC3


Thursday, July 25, 2024


Programming and events for new members and tenured members; everyone is encouraged to attend!


Located at the Madrigrano Conference Center at Gateway's Kenosha Campus


9:00 am - 5:00 pm CT: Day 2 of the Full Conference


  • Panel: Manufacturing Our Future in the Age of Innovation

This panel will explore the dynamic landscape of automation and innovation and its impact on manufacturing, transportation, logistics, and other industries. As a crucial and expanding element of America's infrastructure, automation is vital to economic growth and global competitiveness. Panelists will highlight emerging trends across industries, from the integration of advanced technologies like robotics and mechatronics to the evolution of construction and infrastructure operations. Discover the critical intersections of advanced technologies, workforce development, and industry partnerships that are shaping the future of manufacturing and related sectors.

  • EC3: Inspiring Excellence Through Leadership

Hear from the Inaugural Excellence in Education Coaching (EC3) Cohort about this new program offered by NC3 to expand the commitment to strengthening America's workforce by investing in executive leadership coaching, with a focus on workforce development.

  • Panel: Unlock Enrollment Growth: Modern Strategies for Today's Learners

The educational landscape has shifted dramatically. In this session, the panel will delve into the latest trends and opportunities to attract learners to your institutions. From dual enrollment to innovative marketing and outreach strategies, discover best practices for inclusive and equitable messaging to ensure opportunities for all. Panelists will share how they reach potential learners through diverse channels and platforms, emphasizing the importance of meeting learners where they are and exploring new options like fast-track courses and industry-recognized credentials designed to streamline the educational journey and cater to the demands of today's learners.

  • Panel: Building the Future AI Enabled Workforce: A Critical Collaboration for Educators & Business

The panel will discuss the evolving landscape of AI in education and training, aiming to identify and address key gaps and opportunities. The objective is to provide guidance for administrators, instructors, and students to navigate and succeed in this new environment.

  • Hands-on Learning Activities
  • Closing Remarks


*Light breakfast and lunch provided by NC3

OPTIONAL BENCHMARKING TOURS: Gateway Technical College is offering three optional benchmarking tours of the campuses that will not be featured in the 2024 Leadership Summit programming. These will take place before the start of the conference each day.


Important Note: You must provide your own transportation for every component of this event including the optional benchmarking tours.

Racine Main Campus


Tuesday, July 23

11:15 am - 12:00 pm


1001 S Main St, Racine, WI


Featured NC3 partnerships: Lincoln Electric, Greenlee, RIDGID, Swift

Kenosha Main Campus


Wednesday, July 24

7:30 am - 8:15 am


3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI


Featured NC3 partnerships:

Trane, Copeland, 3M

Horizon Center


Thursday, July 25

8:00 am - 8:40 am


4940 88th Ave, Kenosha, WI


Featured NC3 partnerships:

Snap-on, Thermo King, Kubota

Event Registration & Pricing

Registration is required to attend the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit and registration closed on Friday, July 12, 2024. Please contact Elizabeth Newcomer for any registration questions or concerns.

Event Locations, Travel & Hotel Information

Airport Information: There are two airports near Gateway Technical College.

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General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)


Milwaukee, Wisconsin


21 miles to the iMet Center or 31 miles to the Kenosha Campus

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Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)



Chicago, Illinois


56 miles to the iMet Center or 53 miles to the Kenosha Campus

Event location addresses:

SC Johnson iMET Center


2320 Renaissance Blvd,

Sturtevant, WI 53177


New Member Orientation and New Member Happy Hour on Tuesday, July 23

Kenosha Campus - Madrigrano Conference Center



3520 30th Ave,

Kenosha, WI 53144


Full Conference Sessions and Activities on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 25

Transportation: All attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the event. Please rent a car, if necessary. Parking is free on campus where the conference will be held; no parking permits will be required.

Hotel Reservations: Discounted Hotel Room Blocks for this conference have closed. Click Here to find local hotel accommodations.

Additional Information

Attire: Please dress in business casual and/or wear a school logo'd shirt.


Meals: We will be serving food and beverages on-site during this event as noted above. If you have any allergies and/or dietary restrictions we need to be aware of, please state them specifically in your registration form.

Have Questions?

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Contact Elizabeth with general questions about the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit



[email protected] | 703.975.5959

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Contact Hannah about NC3 Membership benefits and how to join the NC3 Network



[email protected] | 608.220.7408

Contact Charlene about the 2024 NC3 Annual Leadership Summit invoicing and/or payment process



[email protected] |

262.237.0339

2024 Industry Partners