Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 27-29, 2016




About the PLC


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.



Peer-lead Workshops


Subject Matter Experts


Student Leadership Activities


Professional Development



Notable Keynote Speaker


Networking Opportunities


Student Panel


Job Alike Sessions


Regional Meetings




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.


Conference Location


University of St. Thomas,

Opus College of Business

Opus Hall

1000 LaSalle Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55403




Hampton Inn & Suites


Hotel Address:

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


Ground Transportation from Airport


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


Who Should Attend


GtC Program Staff


GtC Network Affiliate Members


Current GtC Students and Alumni


Previously Disengaged Youth


Reengagement Professionals


Community Based Organizations that

Serve Disconnected Youth


K-12 and Post-Secondary



Local, Regional and State

Education Leaders


Businesses Interested

in Hiring/Working

with Reengaged Youth



If you have any questions about the

conference, please contact:


Mary Wiener

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

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions #1

12:00-1:00pm  Lunch

1:00-2:30pm Job Alike Sessions

2:30-2:45pm Break

2:45-4:00pm Concurrent Sessions #2

4:30-6:00pm Drinks & Networking


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

8:00-8:30am Breakfast

8:30-9:00am Opening

9:00-10:00am Student Panel

10:00-10:15am Break

10:15am-12:00pm Regional Meetings

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:15pm Concurrent Sessions #3

2:15-2:30pm Break

2:30-4:00pm Job Alikes


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

8:00-8:30am Breakfast

8:30-8:45am Opening

8:45-9:00am Break

9:00-10:15am Concurrent Sessions #4

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30-11:30am Job Alikes

11:30-12:00pm Closing


Download the Agenda

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adolph Brown


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.


Resource Specialist Training: June 29th, 12 - 5pm


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).




If you have any questions about the

conference, please contact:


Mary Wiener

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:

Increasing Enrollments

Holistic Student Support


Stakeholder Engagement



College Readiness

Marketing & Branding

Staff Management

Student Expectations

Workforce/Career Readiness


Submit a Workshop Proposal

Please submit your workshop proposal by April 15th.

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