Gateway to College’s bi-annual Peer Learning Conference (PLC) brings together reengagement professionals from across the country to share promising practices, develop new programming ideas and participate in professional development. The 2016 conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 27-29th, and will have a particular focus on ensuring students are college and career ready.
Gateway to College (GtC) students are not only behind in credits when they start, but many also lack the skills necessary to succeed in college and business settings. It’s our goal to provide students with the support and experiences they need so they can be successful college students and job candidates.
Subject Matter Experts
Student Leadership Activities
Notable Keynote Speaker
Job Alike Sessions
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General Registration: $300
GtC Program Staff & GtC Network Affiliate Members: $200
GtC Students and Alumni: Free
Register by March 31st to receive a $50 early bird discount.
University of St. Thomas,
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hampton Inn & Suites
19 North 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Guest room rates are $139/night (plus taxes)
Reservations can be made online or by calling 612-341-3333 and referencing Gateway to College
Reservations need to be made by June 7, 2016
Room Rates apply June 24-30th, 2016
Hampton Inn is located 11 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Taxi: A taxi from the airport for one-way transportation cost $35-$40
Shuttle Service: Shared shuttle services from the airport cost $16-$20
GtC Program Staff
GtC Network Affiliate Members
Current GtC Students and Alumni
Previously Disengaged Youth
Community Based Organizations that
Serve Disconnected Youth
K-12 and Post-Secondary
Local, Regional and State
with Reengaged Youth
If you have any questions about the
conference, please contact:
Manager, Education Services
Monday, June 27, 2016
8-9am Registration & Breakfast
9-9:30am Conference Kick-Off
9:30-10:30am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adolph Brown
10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions #1
1:00-2:30pm Job Alike Sessions
2:45-4:00pm Concurrent Sessions #2
4:30-6:00pm Drinks & Networking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
9:00-10:00am Student Panel
10:15am-12:00pm Regional Meetings
1:00-2:15pm Concurrent Sessions #3
2:30-4:00pm Job Alikes
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
9:00-10:15am Concurrent Sessions #4
10:30-11:30am Job Alikes
Most can talk it. Some actually walk it. Then, there are the few who do both... Dr. Adolph Brown is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public school educator & credentialed administrator, full tenured university professor, university dean & businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked along side highly successful leaders & educators. He has taken his over 25 years experience and has developed core competencies that are expressed in everything successful business leaders and educators do.
Thanks to his hard work, his faith and attitude, and a caring village like you, Adolph has overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty and violence, welfare, fatherlessness, and a single-mother led household to be with you today. Dr. Brown has become one of the world’s most popular speakers with his unique ability to inform as well as entertain. He is famous for his practical toolkit and loved for his inspirational messages. He brings " the content and the crazy!". Dr. Brown blends humorous stories with truisms or “REAL TALK” and research to challenge his audiences to live and work more positively. Through his books, audio & video recordings and television & radio talk shows, audiences and individuals continue to love his powerful message delivered in a singular, unorthodox yet down-to-earth style.
Register (registration separate from general PLC registration)
If you are a Resource Specialist, please plan on staying until 5pm on the 29th for the special training. This training will focus on the “how to” of holistic student support, drawing from effective practices seen in thriving GtC programs and allowing you to easily incorporate the Principles of Holistic Student Support into your everyday program practice. This training will be highly interactive and will provide you additional time to work with your peers. We ask that both new and veteran resource specialists attend this training as there will be new information and practices to be shared (even for the most seasoned of resource specialists). Although the training is free, please register here so we know how many people will be in attendance, and we can plan lunch accordingly. This registration is separate from the general PLC registration).
Manager, Education Services
We invite all organizations planning to attend the Peer Learning Conference to submit a workshop proposal. All workshops will be 75 minutes long and we encourage you to make them as highly interactive as possible. These workshops are intended for the sharing of best practices as well as the development of new ideas.
The focus areas for this year’s conference are:
Holistic Student Support
Marketing & Branding
Please submit your workshop proposal by April 15th.