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Nebraska Career Education Conference

Mark Your Calendars - June 3-6, 2019

Plan to join us in Kearney, Nebraska at the Younes Conference Center June 3-6, 2019, for the Nebraska Career Education Conference.

This is a cross-field conference for Career and Technical Educators, Administrators, and Guidance Counselors to gain skills and information that is in high demand by industry.

On-line registration opens April 15, 2019. On-site registration is available at Younes Conference Center during the Conference with an additional on-site fee.

The NCE Conference is held Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday and Thursday are optional add on days completely dedicated to technical workshop aimed to expand your content knowledge. Tuesday kicks off conference with an all career field opening session followed by additional extended learning opportunities along with cross career field rotation options, community college rotations and wrap up with some time visiting the vendor exhibit area. Wednesday provides a variety of options to meet your needs including additional content specific learning opportunities, an additional keynote speaker and professional organization banquets.

Vendor exhibits showcasing curriculum materials, fundraising opportunities, software/hardware and related services are displayed on Tuesday of the conference.

Conference sessions take place at the Younes Conference Center, just off the interstate in Kearney, NE. Many of the specialty workshops are held at various locations across the city, i.e.; ESU 10, UNK, Kearney High School, as state in the conference agenda.

Attendance at last year’s conference exceeded 500 attendees; therefore, it is important to make advance room reservations. Several hotels have special conference rates and are listed under the Lodging tab on this website.

Wayne State College will be offering the NCE Conference for three (3) hours of graduate credit. For more information on receiving credit please contact Dr. Patricia Arneson at Wayne State College,

Each registrant is asked to wear a conference name badge throughout the conference. Business casual attire is appropriate, no jeans or t-shirts please. Coffee and other beverages will be available starting at 8:00 am and continue throughout each day.

Registration fees do not include material fees that may be added to workshops, any professional organization events or banquets.

Written cancellations are required and include a $50 processing fee. Written cancellations must be received by May 15 of the current conference year. No refunds will be provided for no-shows. Some workshops and meal functions require additional fees that are not refundable.

When you submit your registration on-line, a confirmation form will be generated and sent to the email you provide. Checks for registration invoices should be made payable to NCE Conference and mailed to NCSA, 455 South 11th Street, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68508.

On-line registration will be available beginning April 15th and close on May 20th.


Brooks Harper


This was a life changing question for Brooks. Years before he became an Author and one of the most sought after Career Speakers in the country, he worked in Customer Service, Sales, and Management with four publicly traded companies. He made a great living while gaining valuable experience, yet his career lacked fulfillment. Every Sunday afternoon he would get a sick feeling in his chest. It was anxiety from dreading work on Monday. Brooks set out on a journey to turn his passion for helping others into a paycheck. He went on so many interviews it became, for him, an extreme sport! Then he was asked a simple but soul searching question: If you could write your own job description, what would it be?


Brooks has spoken on hundreds of K-12, college and corporate campuses nation-wide to more than 500,000 students, educators, parents and employees. He has turned his passion for helping others achieve gainful employment into his paycheck helping career seekers develop and convey their competitive advantages.

Brooks firmly believes “EVERY DAY IS AN INTERVIEW”™ and an opportunity to “TURN LEARNING INTO EARNING”™

He offers studenteducator and corporate programs using a combination of entertainment, education, and hilarious stories to engage audiences, leaving them enlightened and inspired. His sense of humor and relevant illustrations capture audiences while motivating and challenging listeners to action.


Brooks is no stranger to adversity. When he was nine years old his dad did what he calls a “Houdini.” He left him, his two brothers and mother without notice.  He was a Free Lunch, Hand-me-Down Clothes wearing, College Access Student!   Brooks found solace and support in programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs and TRiO and is a strong advocate for them today, speaking on their campuses across the country. Brooks currently serves on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and is a member of their Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Quentin Sanders

Oklahoma CareerTech
Equity/Diversity Specialist

Quentin J. Sanders joined the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE) in October 2016 as an Equity/Diversity Specialist. He received a Ph.D. in Cell Biology & Genetics from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Dr. Sanders has prior biology teaching experience at both the secondary and higher education levels. In July 2018, Dr. Sanders was designated as an ODCTE coordinator for Carl Perkins non-traditional programs.

Immediately prior to joining ODCTE, he was an attorney for the Social Security Administration (SSA) in Dallas, TX and Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Sanders represented SSA in federal court in the areas of employment discrimination law and disability law during his tenure in Dallas. He served as an attorney manager in Oklahoma City.

Printable At-A-Glance Schedule


Conference Schedule App

The conference schedule app will be available on at a later date.

Future NCE Conference Dates:

June 1-4, 2020

June 7-10, 2021

June 6-9, 2022

June 5-8, 2023

The NCE Conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Career Education and in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.
Updated April 17, 2019 12:20pm