2019 Spring Training Atlanta: Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline

Each spring, NCAN chooses a hot topic in the college access and success field and convenes one-day meetings about this topic in three geographically diverse locations. This year’s theme is “Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline".

The NCAN member host for the Atlanta training is Achieve Atlanta.

Each one-day event will attract 100-plus individuals from nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and the business community and will include regional speakers, breakout sessions, and a networking lunch. The events are free to NCAN members, with a small registration fee for nonmembers.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310


Hotel Recommendations
NCAN has not reserved a hotel block, but here are some nearby hotels. The hotels are about a 10-15 minute ride via Uber or Lyft.

Hyatt Regency
Hampton Inn
Sheraton Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta Airport 


“Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline”

Atlanta Spring Training Agenda


8 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Welcome and Morning Remarks

Kim Cook, Executive Director, NCAN

Zenia Henderson, Director for Member & Partner Engagement, NCAN

Tom Davis, 2VP National Property Officer- Middle Market, Travelers

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: TheRole of K-12: A Strong Entry Point into Postsecondary Education

As a former Superintendent, Mr. Zeff will address the K-12 system’s responsibility in making college accessible to all students and the value of partnerships in doing so.

Speaker: Kenneth Zeff, Executive Director, Learn4Life

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel: How Community Champions Add Value and Strengthen “To & Through” Work

This panel will explore how every sector has a role in the postsecondary pipeline; panelists will share their own examples of innovative and collaborative partnerships. We will discuss how employers, institutions of higher education, K-12 systems, and community-based organizations can work together to identify and respond to students’ needs.


Alex Edquist, McKinsey and Company, Business Analyst

Blake Freeman, Director, Hamilton County Department of Education

Yarbrah Peeples, Regional Director- GA and South Carolina, College Advising Corps

Moderator: Tina Fernandez, Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45 – 2 p.m.

Panel: Successful Degree Completion Strategies from Higher Ed

This panel will provide an opportunity for higher education professionals to highlight successful strategies for improving student outcomes. Panelists will also share examples of innovative and collaborative partnerships that are helping their institution lead in reaching successful student outcomes.


Whitney Lewis, Director of Admission, Oglethorpe University

Dr. C. Emmanuel Little, Director of Call Me MiSTER, Georgia College

Tracy Parkinson, Vice –President for Strategic Partnerships and Special Assistant to President, Coker College

Moderator: Caroline Angelo, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Atlanta Technical College

2 – 3 p.m.

Small Group Discussion/Networking

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks