Western Conference

NACEP's first Western Regional Conference is coming to Missoula, Montana April 3-4th. Meet and network with colleagues from the Western states and participate in breakout sessions covering the latest trends in concurrent and dual enrollment.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Best Practices: Professional Development, Online/Distance Course Offerings, Faculty Liaisons
  • Advising
  • State Funding Models
  • Innovative Approaches to Concurrent Enrollment
  • Dual Enrollment Exploring the Range of Models
  • CTE
  • Research and Policy

When: April 3-4, 2017

Where: Missoula College of the University of Montana - Missoula, Montana

Special Conference Hotel RateDouble Tree by Hilton~ Sold out!  Rooms still open but at normal rate.

Some Other Nearby Hotels: Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn

Fees (per person):
NACEP Member and Secondary Partner Rate: $175
Non-Member Rate: $225
$25 discount per person for institutions that send 3 or more individuals.


Time Description
April 3
9:00 am Registration and Networking
10:00 am - 11:30 am Welcome/Keynote - Joe Garcia, President, WICHE
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Addressing CE Disparity in Rural Areas through Interactive Video Conferencing
  • Create Policies that work for Kids through Collective Impact
  • Concurrent Enrollment Instructors: Transitions, Training, and Mentoring
  • The Challenges and Successes of Managing a Growing Concurrent Enrollment Program with a Solo Part-time Director
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Big or Small, Dual Enrollment for All
  • Putting Students in the Center
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30-1:45 pm The Honorable Governor Bullock, Montana
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Early College Designs: Transforming High School for All Students
  • Building a Talent Pipeline and an Innovative Career Mapping Tool
  • Public-Private Collaborations for Greater Access to Dual Credit
  • Oregon: A New Vision of Multiple Models to Support Student Success
  • Puzzle Me This: Beginning with the End in Mind
  • Tribal Colleges and Concurrent Enrollment
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Counselor Outreach
  • Accreditation 101
  • Pell Grant Experiments
  • 10X Your Concurrent Enrollment Program
  • The Road to Oz: Creating Student Pathways through Single-Semester English Courses
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Big or Small, Dual Enrollment For All
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Plenary - Showcase of Models Across the Region
April 4
8:00 am Registration, Networking and Light Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote - Melinda Karp, Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center
10:10 am - 10:55 am Breakout Sessions:

  • Accreditation 201
  • Mission Accomplished: Building, Strengthening and Infusing
  • Identifying, Engaging and Working with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Westworld: The Future of Faculty Standards
  • Online 101: How Students Can Be Successful
  • Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Ace (ESSA) to Increase Access to Dual and Concurrent Enrollment
11:00 am - 11:45 am Breakout Sessions:

  • Beyond Graduation Rates: Leading and Lagging Indicators for Concurrent Enrollment
  • Scaling Up: Lessons from the Expansion of Early College
  • One Soaring Idea, Endless Possibilities
  • Building Bridges through Appreciative Advising: Empowering Students through Interpersonal Exchange
  • MT Dual Enrollment 101
Noon - 12:45 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Plenary - Missoula College Student, Teacher, Counselor Panel
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions:

  • Peer Review Training
  • Exploring the Range of Funding Models for Concurrent and Dual Enrollment
  • The School that figures THIS out wins the PRIZE
  • Transforming school instruction, systems, leadership, and culture by utilizing the AVID College Readiness System (ACRS)
  • Financial Education: Further Leveraging Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Savings
3:00 pm Conference adjourns

Sponsor/Exhibit information here.

Featured Speakers:

Joe Garcia portrait
Joe Garcia, President of WICHE
Joe Garcia was appointed President of WICHE in June 2016. He served as the Lt. Governor of Colorado and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, beginning in 2011. During his time as Lt. Governor and as the SHEEO for Colorado, Garcia focused on increasing equity in outcomes for all students, particularly those from low income backgrounds and communities of color. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Garcia served as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, which was named the Outstanding Member Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities during his tenure. He also served as President of Colorado’s second largest community college, Pikes Peak Community College, where he was twice named President of the Year by the State Student Advisory Council. His previous public service positions included serving as a member of the Cabinet of Gov. Roy Romer and as a White House appointee under President Bill Clinton at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Melinda Karp, Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center
Melinda Karp, Assistant Director, is project lead for CCRC’s Evaluation of Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Support (iPASS) project; Corridors of College Success; and the City Colleges of Chicago Pathways Analytics Project. Karp holds a BS in human development and family studies from Cornell University; an MA in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University.
In her 16 years at CCRC, Karp has developed a national reputation as an expert on smoothing students’ transitions into college and supporting them once there. She leads CCRC’s work on advising, institutional reform, and rethinking how to support community college students. Karp regularly keynotes professional meetings and events and comments in media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, and Inside Higher Ed. Her reports and articles have been published in journals such as the Teachers College Record, New Directions for Community Colleges, and Community College Review.
The Honorable Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
Steve Bullock, Montana's former attorney general, was elected Montana's 24th governor on November 6, 2012.
Bullock, 49, has made better jobs, better education and a more effective government his top priorities.
As a father of three young children, Bullock recognizes that every Montana student should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and this starts with a quality public education. In his first legislative session, Bullock was able to secure a tuition freeze at Montana colleges and universities, preventing the tax of higher tuition from hitting working Montana families. In addition, Bullock has secured historic levels of funding for the state’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Bullock was born in Missoula and raised in Helena. He attended public schools in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree with honors from Columbia University Law School in New York.

Thank you to our Western Regional sponsors!

Granite Peak Sponsor


Mount Douglas Sponsors

Reach Higher Montana Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Cedar Mountain Sponsor