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Registration is open for the 2024 Annual CAEL Conference!

This year CAEL is celebrating our 50th anniversary in New Orleans at the 2024 CAEL Conference, scheduled from October 30th to November 1st! The CAEL Annual Conference is widely known as the leading place for leaders to connect and network with industry experts from postsecondary education, workforce and economic development, and industry.

The conference is a unique opportunity to learn from educators, employers, and community leaders focused on aligning learning and work so that adults achieve continuous economic advancement.  It is an exciting hybrid experience to accommodate both in person and virtual participation. You’ll have a unique opportunity to meet the best minds in adult learning, inside and outside of postsecondary education.

Since the conference coincides with Halloween this year, be sure to take advantage of the chance to plan some spooky and fun excursions in New Orleans to celebrate!

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2024 Conference Tracks

Intelligent Solutions

Focused on AI/digital transformation and its potential benefits, challenges, and future trends for postsecondary and the workforce ecosystem. Includes topics such as: recognizing student patterns, supporting persistence and completion, and improving education and employment recruiting through marketing and data-driven approaches.

    • How AI is reshaping the work-learn-earn ecosystem.
    • Implications of generative AI, such as ChatGPT and Bard, for postsecondary educator and trainers and for employers.
    • AI enhanced decision making and reporting.
    • Worker and learner skill development in the age of digital transformation and AI automation.
Adult Learner Ecosystem Models

Focused on creating a holistic learning experience for adult learners by aligning education and curricula with various models: CPL, CBE, accelerated learning, and the changing face of credentials (micro, stackable, work/skills-based, etc.) that support adult learners and workers.

  • CPL best practices, programs, and models.
  • Online and hybrid learning best practices and how to leverage them to deliver positive post-completion outcomes.
  • Roadmaps for noncredit credentials/continuing education.
  • High school to college: innovative programs.
Workforce Talent Solutions

Focused on an education-to-employment ecosystem that fuels equitable economic mobility and community prosperity for adult learners and workers by aligning diverse stakeholders: education and training providers, employers, industry groups, workforce developers, government agencies, and mission-aligned organizations to make a positive difference for adult learners, workers, and their communities. 

  • Regional strategies.
  • Apprenticeships.
  • Forging productive cross-sector partnerships.
  • Listening to worker voices and making them the basis of systemic improvements.
Policy & Advocacy

Focused on higher education, workforce innovation and transformative partnerships which have the capacity to support reform at the state, regional, and national levels.

  • Looking ahead: The Carnegie Unit.
  • Affordability, e.g., innovative financing, Pell Grant, etc.
  • Higher education policy trends, specifically as they relate to adult learners and CPL.
  • Grant-funded work and outcomes that could benefit the skills ecosystem with greater awareness and practice.
Equity & Access

Focused on working toward racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic equity in access to and completion of postsecondary education, including recruiting and retention, development of skills, and acquisition of the continuum of credentials and degrees that deliver high-quality employment, earnings, career advancement, and other positive post-completion outcomes.

  • How successful adult learners can uplift entire communities.
  • Providing meaningful support in the broader effort to support social justice.
  • How attracting, educating and upskilling adult learners and earners fits within the context of today's broad inequities.
  • Demonstrating measurable DEI results.
Adult Learner Engagement: Enrollment, Recruitment, & Retention

Focused on strategies to effectively support adult learners (including special populations such as veterans, incarcerated individuals, etc.) from enrollment through persistence and completion.

  • Supporting adults with limited resources.
  • Supporting adult learner well-being and mental health.
  • Adult learner generational approaches: Gen Z, millennials, Gen X, and beyond.
  • International/global learners.

Keynote Speakers

Paul LeBlanc Ruth Watkins Consuelo-1

Hilton New Orleans Riverside 

Close by to some of New Orleans’ best attractions and shops, Hilton New Orleans Riverside offers comfort and convenience in the heart of the city’s downtown area. The hotel is approximately a 25 minute drive to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Address: Two Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 561-0500
Rate: $252 USD plus taxes and fees
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Become a CAEL Sponsor 

By becoming a conference or collaborator sponsor, you have the chance to connect with postsecondary education professionals from hundreds of colleges and universities across the country as they seek solutions to help their institutions better serve this population. 

With nearly 1,000 attendees at CAEL’s 2023 Hybrid Conference, we’re building on the momentum for 2024, when we again bring together adult learning leaders from postsecondary institutions, workforce and economic development, and other organizations working to support and serve nontraditional adult learners.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for 2024, please download our Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Matt Waltz at mwaltz@cael.org for more information.

Download the Sponsorship Prospectus


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