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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – Friday, December 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. 

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
1-800-867-9453 (WILD)

Online registration has closed. Please contact the conference co-chairs with registration questions:

  • Jill Dequaine, jill.dequaine@schencksc.com
  • Rebecca Lee, rlee@uwlax.edu

Cost to attend:

  • Full Conference Registration/Membership: $225
  • One-Day Registration for Thursday or Friday: $175
  • Student: $100

Meals are included in your registration.


Dr. Phil Gardner, Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, “Recruiting Trends”: http://www.ceri.msu.edu/

Dr. Phil Gardner


Steve Jones, Kimberly High School Football Coach: “Creating a Winning Culture”


Culture either happens by design or default. Steve Jones will be discussing how to intentionally create and grow a “winning” culture by developing leaders within your organization. The importance and power of connection, mindset, and servant leadership are specific topics that will be covered in leadership development and cultural growth.


Mary Scott, Scott Resource Group, “Campus Brand Differentiators: Students Benchmark Best Practices”: http://www.scottresourcegroup.com/index.htm

Mary Scott

Mary Scott is president of the Scott Resource Group (SRG), an independent consulting firm specializing in university relations and recruiting. Using SRG’s research, Scott presents and writes on a range of recruiting topics, including student expectations and attitudes about recruiting practices and programs. Prior to founding SRG in 1988, she was director of staffing for Aetna. Scott earned her MBA at University of Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree at University of St. Joseph.


HOT TOPIC: “ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)” presented by Jessica Williams, WI Department of Workforce Development: https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/


The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a nationally-recognized and transferable credential that demonstrates an individual is work ready and possesses the essential skills required for success in today’s workforce across jobs and industries.

Awarded in four levels, an NCRC confirms that a candidate is, at a minimum, proficient in workplace tasks related to Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.

Wisconsin High School Juniors are completing ACT WorkKeys assessments as part of the statewide assessment program. More than 65,000 Wisconsin students and job candidates earn this credential each year.

Learning Objective 1:

What is the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)? What does it mean when a candidate has one?

Learning Objective 2:

What are the benefits to employers who recognize the credential? How can employers use it as part of their recruitment and retention strategies?

Learning Objective 3:

What does it mean to prefer or require the NCRC?