Workforce Development Summit: Sep. 20th in Raleigh

This one-day Summit brings industry, academia, nonprofits and governments together to create the resources our industry’s companies and workers need to be successful now and into the future! Working groups will address our most critical needs, focusing on career paths, curricula, diversity, job placement and more! Join us on Sep 20th in at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh!

Have questions? Please contact us at or 919-841-6207.

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About the Summit

NCBPA welcomes all industry professionals and stakeholders to attend or support the Summit to help create the workforce resources our industry needs to be successful.

The Summit is not an event to attend and listen – it’s a working event.  The morning’s opening presentations will share stories of success and need from across the state, helping attendees understand what we have, what we need and how to get there.  Afterward, working groups will be formed from diverse backgrounds – faculty, industry pros, students and government representatives working together to discuss needs and opportunities.

Lunch will provide “near peer” networking so that attendees can meet and discuss workforce needs and opportunities with peers from their own region.  It’s likely that through this format, industry pros responsible for hiring interns, co-ops and graduating students will be connected with the faculty from their region’s college or university.  New relationships will be formed to help bridge gaps and provide much needed resources.

The Summit will wrap-up with working group sessions focused on developing the actual resources we need to be successful.  This will include:

  • An outline for a modernized curricula that colleges and universities can use to train our industry’s future workforce.
  • A career “lattice” that illustrates to students (and their parents) the job, career and educational opportunities available in our industry.
  • The requirements our industry supports for Apprenticeship programs that will help train future leaders that will work for our companies.

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How YOU Can Support the Summit

Industry Companies:

  • Sponsor the Summit – we need your financial support to make it successful
  • Purchase a scholarship to faculty, nonprofit and student travel and registration costs
  • Provide products, tools and supplies for faculty to use in their classrooms

Industry Professionals:

  • Register to attend and participate in working group meetings
  • Advertise the Summit with your professional network
  • Invite any faculty, local government or other contacts that you think may be interested in attending


  • Register on your own or request a scholarship
  • Bring your curricula and classroom materials to review with your peers
  • Bring a student with you so that they can participate and network


  • Register on your own or request a scholarship to provide insight and network with industry companies

Workforce Agencies & Nonprofits:

  • Register on your own or request a scholarship to participate in working group meetings and share the resources you have

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The Summit wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Sponsors!  Please visit their websites to learn about their companies!

Headlining Sponsors:

Working Group Sponsors:

Attendee Scholarship Sponsors:

Faculty and Student Attendee Institutions: 

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Schedule of Events

Pre-Summit evening networking reception on Wednesday, September 19th from 6 – 8pm at TBD in Raleigh

Thursday, September 20th from 9am – 5pm at the Hunt Library

  • Near-peer networking activity with light breakfast
  • Welcome and Schedule Review 
  • Opening Panel Session featuring:
    • Local programs
    • Faculty
    • Student
    • Industry Pro
    • Government
    • What good things do we have?
    • What are we struggling with?
    • What do we need?
    • What works well in other states?
  • Working Group meetings – planning focus:
    • Faculty curricula review
    • Apprenticeship programs
    • Career pathways resources
    • Internship and co-op programs
    • State and local resources
  • Near-peer (location focus) networking lunch at The Oval food court next to the Library
  • Working Group meetings – development focus:
    • Faculty curricula development
    • Apprenticeship programs
    • Career pathways development
    • Internship and co-op programs
    • State and local resources
  • Working Group report-outs:
    • What did we learn?
    • What did we develop?
    • Where do we go from here?
  • Closing Session:
    • Keynote presentation: TBD

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Sponsorships Available!

Help us make the Summit possible by becoming a sponsor!  Opportunities available for evening pre-reception, faculty and nonprofit scholarships, headliner and more…

Attendee Scholarship: $350 

Sponsor the registration and travel costs for in-state faculty members, nonprofit professionals or students to attend the Summit! We need them at the Summit to learn about their needs and provide an opportunity to network with one another.  Help them do so by funding their participation!

  • 10 to 15 scholarships are anticipated.
  • Company sponsorship will be advertised before, during and after Summit.

Working Group Sponsorship: $1,000 per working group

Sponsor a working group at the Summit!  Attendees will spend parts of the day in groups discussing key workforce development topic areas.  Help fund this work by becoming a sponsor!

  • Working groups may include these and other focal areas:
  • Apprenticeship program development
  • Career Pathways resource development
  • Curricula development
  • Internship and co-op program development
  • Engaging state and local government resources
  • Company sponsorship will be advertised before, during and after Summit.

Headline Sponsorship: $2,500

Become a headline sponsor to receive recognition of your company’s support of the Summit!  This sponsorship will fund the Summit’s evening reception, location, food and beverages, and other costs.

  • Up to three sponsorships available.
  • Company sponsorship will be advertised before, during and after Summit.

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Attendee Pricing

Registration includes a light breakfast with coffee and tea, lunch of your choice at the Oval food court next to the Hunt Library, snacks and refreshments throughout the day.

  • Industry Professional, NCBPA Member: $50 per person
  • Industry Professional, Non-NCBPA Member: $75 per person
  • Student: $35, scholarship covering registration, meals and travel expenses available
  • Faculty: $50, scholarship covering registration, meals and travel expenses available
  • Nonprofit: $50, scholarship covering registration, meals and travel expenses available

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Other ways you can help…

Can’t make the Summit or looking for other ways to help?  Click on a link below for more information on NCBPA’s workforce development activities: