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CCME 2021 Call for Proposals

Bridging the Gaps – Credentials that lead to Sustainable and Successful Outcomes


The Council of College and Military Educators is seeking submissions for its 2021 Professional Development Symposium in San Francisco, CA, now being held June 14 -17, 2021. We invite anyone wishing to provide an informational session related to this year’s theme—“Bridging the Gaps”—and our concurrent session tracks, to submit a proposal. CCME Values sessions that present current and best practices, new ways to ensure a successful transition, innovative ways of using technology, college initiatives and also any sessions pertaining to updated military education services.


CCME 2021 Concurrent Session Tracks

In support of the conference theme, we developed several conference tracks to assist participants in organizing their schedule and selecting topics that are best suited to their interests. Proposals are requested that support this year’s theme and tracks.

  • Military & Veteran Student Services

  • Higher Ed’s Role in Military Transition

  • Certificate/Credentialing/Registered Apprenticeships

  • Organizational Response to COVID 19

  • Innovative STEM Programs and Initiatives


Important Dates

  • All proposals must be submitted by midnight, January 31, 2021

    • Please note: no proposals will be accepted once the closing date has passed. Time is required for all proposals to be evaluated by the Concurrent Sessions Committee.

  • Acceptances will be announced in February 2021


Proposal Requirements

  • Title of Presentation: Accurately reflect the learning focus of your session (15-word max). Create a title that makes the reader want to learn more about your session.

  • Select the track you feel your presentation best fits

  • Session Abstract: Concisely describe your presentation and what attendees will learn (75-word maximum). Note: This is what CCME will publish.

  • Learning Outcomes: (required) what will learners know or be able to do as a result of attending this session?

  • List of Presenter(s): Name, education, title, organization

  • Description of the Presentation: Summarize noting importance, impact, and innovation


Proposal Review Process

All proposals will be evaluated by the Concurrent Sessions’ committee. Evaluations will be based on the items noted below.

  • Description and quality of content

  • Adherence to the conference theme and track title

  • Broadness in scope

  • Clear purpose and content

Once the Concurrent Sessions’ committee has vetted all proposal submissions, those that have been selected will be submitted to the CCME Executive Board for their review and final approval. Notifications will go out in February 2021.


Presenter Responsibilities

  • All presenters will be required to register for the conference

  • Main POC for each presentation is responsible for disbursing all information to their group

  • One presenter from each group will be required to supply a laptop and all necessary adapters

  • One presenter from each group will be required to check-in once on-site

  • All presentation slides will be required prior to the end of the CCME Symposium for posting to our app.



If you have any questions, please contact Bethany Taylor at

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All Learning Counts: Recognizing military education and training towards stackable credentials

Abstract: The U.S. Military is the largest education and training provider in the world, with over 1.3 million active duty members accumulating new training and education daily. The National Guard and Reserves are also significant population of highly trained Americans gaining occupational training and significant work experience in their field. Roughly 200,000 service members transition to the civilian community each year, however, it's estimated that only 1 in 4 leave service with a recognized credential increasing underemployment for veterans. Although a handful of institutional and industry partners have successfully executed credentialing relationships that translate competencies gained through military training towards a civilian recognized credential, the infrastructure necessary to scale public-private partnerships and stack-able pathway models do not exist. In part, because some areas of the current model used to evaluate military training lacks transparency of competencies gained through military education and training. The private sector struggles to read and recognize documented military training tasks and as a result providers miss the mark on aligning military skills with civilian credentials. This session will share models of public/private/government partnerships that support recognition of military training towards stackable credentialing pathways, the challenges in identifying stakeholders, and the necessary policy levers to execute partnerships effectively. Discussion topics to include: provider/installation communications, validation of military training, issuing effective credit for prior learning, and providing credential programs for military and veterans.


Lauren Runco, Strategy Officer for Military- Based Learning, Lumina Foundation

Ask Joe: Implementation of an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot for Military-Affiliated Students

Abstract: This session will present National University's Virtual Veteran Center implementation of an artificial intelligence chatbot for military-affiliated students. Presenters will discuss project planning and charter, software solutions considered, acquiring the technology, development of AI content, and collaborative efforts across numerous student services departments in the launch of the tool. Preliminary usage and outcomes data will be included as available during ongoing implementation.


Karla Payne, MS, Manager, Veteran Center, National University; J.B. Robinson, PhD, Associate Director, Accessibility & Wellness, National University

Assessing the Quality of Credentials

Abstract: The need to expand access to high-quality degree and non-degree credentials across the educational spectrum has become increasingly urgent as we seek to meet the demands of a competitive global economy and to assure more equitable access to economic opportunity, social mobility, and civic participation for our servicemembers transitioning back into civilian communities. Our current systems and policies designed to assure both the quality of learning and credentialing beyond high school and equitable access to the same have not kept up with changing demands and circumstances within the employment marketplace. We must recognize that multiple pathways to credentials exist within the 21st century credentialing environment, and an integrated system of quality assurance that attends to all those pathways is necessary so that learners can move between and among transparent high-quality pathways to ensure access to career opportunities and continued success.


Lauren Runco, Strategy Officer for Military-Based Learning, Lumina Foundation; Gianina Baker, Assistant Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA); Deborah Everhart, Senior Strategic Advisor, Credential Engine; Kermit Kaleba, Managing Director, National Skills Coalition (NSC); Lisa Lutz, President, Solutions for Information Design, LLC (SOLID); Roy Swift, Executive Director, WorkCred

Attendees will understand how to use apprenticeship to assist Veterans

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. Attendees will understand how apprenticeship can assist a Veteran to achieve a career with family-sustaining wages. Colleges and universities will understand their role in apprenticeship. 

Come Together: Technology & VETS@ IOWA

The University of Iowa serves over 2,200 Veteran and Military Dependent students; a student population representing the fastest growing demographic on campus. We are considered a 'Vet Friendly' campus, but digital access to resources is not easily available. The Lil's Office of the Registrar, MVSS (Military & Veteran Student Services) and UIVA (Student Org) collaborated to digitize forms, connect websites, and send targeted messaging via mass email/social media to support modern students and assist in data collection. 

Aviation Maintenance: An Innovative Transition Program for Service Members with Aviation and Non-Aviation Military Occupations Copy

The aerospace industry is competing with other industries for a qualified workforce. If the industry is unable to recruit the skilled workforce required, it could have a ripple effect felt globally. Industry-academia-government partnership models provide parallel pathways when compared to the more traditional educational model of requiring degree completion prior to joining the workforce. Our presentation will provide an overview of this innovative aviation maintenance workforce program for any transitioning service member with mechanical aptitude. 

Beyond the Bachelor's Degree: Tips for Successful Admission to Law, Medical or Business/Graduate Schools Copy

The session will cover the fundamentals on the admissions process for Law School, Medical School and Business/Graduate Schools. You will learn the minimum requirements for each program including the best way to prepare for the admissions tests, the components of the application, an overview of the admissions process. Industry experts will provide valuable tips on how to best advise those who are seeking adission to a professional or graduate schoool. 

Career Paths and Credentialing in the Hospitality Industry

The Hospitality industry offers long term growth opportunities, accelerated career paths to management, and is consistently achieving record employment levels. During this session, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute will showcase the career pathways available in the hospitality industry, as well as provide information on the industry-recognized and portable professional certifications available to your job seekers to prepare the talent pipeline of workers for long term career success. 

Compliance with Student ID? What Central Texas College is doing

What strategies do you use to verify student identity and meet compliance requirements? The re-authorized education act has mandated that institutions have a process that can verify student ID to meet accreditation. Use of passwords and proctoring have been removed. What is left to use to meet these requirements? See how Central Texas College addressed these requirements with a gesture biometric software solution. How they uncovered "cheaters", reduced financial aid fraud and remain in compliance. 

Credits2Careers Military & Veteran Academic and Career Portal: Equating College Credits to Military Experiences

What is Credits2Careers? Credits2Careers is a free academic and career portal, designed specifically for prospective military and veteran students. It presents multiple academic pathways for students to apply their previous military and professional experiences toward VCCS degree programs prior to submitting an application. C2C helps active-duty military & veterans accelerate their time to graduation and helps them save money. 

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