2019 Spring Training Dallas: 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 Dallas training is the Texas College Access Network.

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: Thursday, March 28

Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, TX, 75225


Communities Foundation of Texas is located just minutes from downtown Dallas at the southwest corner of Caruth Haven Lane and Central Expressway. Parking can be found in spaces at the front of the building for access to the main entrance under the port cochere or by driving around to the rear of the building and entering through the courtyard entrance. NOTE: There is no public access to the building on the entire west side of the facility; should guests choose to park here, they will need to walk around to either the main entrance or courtyard doors. Please click here for a detailed map and additional parking information.


Hotel Recommendation
The Hyatt House is directly across the street from the Communities Foundation of Texas. The Fairmont Dallas hotel is about 6 miles from Communities Foundation of Texas a 10-15 minute ride via Uber or Lyft.

Hyatt House
Fairmont Dallas Downtown District


“Connecting Across the Postsecondary Pipeline”

Dallas Spring Training Agenda

Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, TX, 75225

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 of Member & Partner Engagement, NCAN

9 – 10:15 a.m.

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

Usamah Rodgers will address the K-12 system’s responsibility in making college accessible to all students and the value of partnerships in doing so. 

Speaker: Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent & Executive Director of P-TECH and Early College Programs, Dallas Independent School District (DISD)

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. 


Elizabeth Caudill, Managing Director of Higher Education, Dallas Regional Chamber 

Sarah Jensen, Director - College Access & Success, Commit Partnership

Melissa Martinez, Director - College Access & Success, Project Grad Houston 

Moderator: Shareea Woods, Director, TxCAN

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. 


Dr. Troy Johnson, Vice President-Enrollment Management, University of Texas-Arlington 

Nithya Govindasamy, Dean of Work Program, Paul Quinn College 

Dr. Dawn Remmers, Assistant Provost, University of North Texas at Dallas 

Moderator: Sara Urquidez, Executive Director, Academic Success Program (ASP) 

2 – 3:00 p.m.

Small Group Discussion/Networking

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks