Virtual Work Based Learning Conference to Debut Amid COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
(703) 683-9312;

Virtual Work Based Learning Conference to Debut Amid COVID-19
The Iowa Work Based Learning Coordinators are joining forces with ACTE to host a national conference

WHAT: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is partnering with the Iowa Work Based Learning (WBL) organization to host the first-ever virtual national WBL conference. Originally scheduled as an in-person event, this virtual conference will now feature strategies and best practices for WBL.

The daylong conference will feature nearly 50 concurrent sessions and a keynote address from Dr. Casey Sacks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Other general session speakers include Rachel Hirsch from the National Governors Association and Josh Davies, CEO of the Center for Work Ethic Development. The schedule-at-a-glance is available here, and full session descriptions are available here. For more information, visit the conference event page here.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9:30AM – 3:45PM ET

WHERE: Virtual Conference. Attendees can register to attend here.

WHO: ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness, and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Iowa Work Based Learning Coordinators (IWBL) was formed to provide professional development and collaboration around work-based learning. IWBL’s conference attendance has grown each year in relation to the excitement around offering work-based learning opportunities to students as well as ensuring access to quality programming.

RSVP: Members of the media who have questions or would like to attend virtually should contact Jarrod Nagurka at or (703) 683-9312 by Monday, April 20.