Conference Agenda

It is a pleasure to invite you to the National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA) 2017 Annual Conference, October 23-26 at Caesars Hotel in exciting Atlantic City, New Jersey.

We believe that we all share challenges, and we can put our heads together to find solutions. This year, we will again offer general sessions and four concurrent breakout tracks to meet a range of needs and interests among the different professionals in your organization.  Each of the tracks is carefully designed to address challenges, best practices, and/or proposed solutions along four different themes.

Download a Printable Agenda Here! (Updated 9/29/17)

Monday, October 23 (Pre-Conference Training Day) –  See Agenda


***New SCO’s should plan to arrive before Monday ****

  • NAVPA Board and Committee Meetings
  • Conference Registration and Check-In
  • Resource Fair
  • Pre-Testing for New Certifying Officials
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to VA Education Benefits New SCO Training
  • Scavenger Hunt and Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 24 (Conference Day 1) 6:30am – 5:00pm

  • Welcome Breakfast (open to all attendees)
  • Opening General Session and Welcome Address
  • Welcome from Atlantic City Mayor Donald A. Guardian
  • General Session: Opening Keynote Address
    Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, Adjutant General of New Jersey
  • DoD MOU Compliance Update
    Dawn A. Bilodeau, Chief, DoD Voluntary Education, Department of Defense
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • General Session: Updates from Capitol Hill
    Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs & House of Veterans’ Affairs Committee  
  • Lunch on your own
  • Breakout Session #1 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • Resource Fair and Afternoon Refreshment Break
  • Breakout Session #2 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • General Session for NAVPA Members: Reviews of NAVPA Election Procedures, Resolution Submissions & ByLaw Updates
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, October 25 (Conference Day 2) 7:00am – 8:00pm

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Keynote Address: Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity (VBA)
    Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs
  • General Session: Updates from VA Education Central Office and the Regional Processing Offices (RPO’s)
    Speaker: Robert M. Worley II, Major General (Retired) USAF, Director, Education Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • General Session: NAVPA Initiatives, Partnerships, and Research
  • Regional Breakout Sessions and NAVPA Regional Delegate Elections
  • Lunch on your own
  • Breakout Session #3 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • Resource Fair and Afternoon Refreshment Break
  • Breakout Session #4 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • Afternoon Wrap-Up and NAVPA Election of At-Large Delegates
  • President’s Reception (open to all attendees) – Bally’s Ballroom
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 26 (Conference Day 3) 8:00am – 6:00pm

  • Continental Breakfast
  • NAVPA Board of Directors Meeting: Election of Executive Officers
  • NAVPA General Business Meeting: Bylaw Changes and Membership Resolutions
  • General Session: Role of the State Approving Agency
    Speaker: Dr. Joseph W. Wescott, Past President and Legislative Director of the National Association of State Approving Agencies
  • Break
  • General Session: VSO Panel Discussion
  • NAVPA Awards Luncheon (open to all attendees)
    Guest Speaker: Dr. Carol A. Eggert, Brigadier General, (Retired) USA, Sr. Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Breakout Session #5 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • Resource Fair and Afternoon Refreshment Break
  • Post Testing for New Certifying Officials
  • Breakout Session #6 (Concurrent Tracks)
  • General Session: Q&A and Closing Remarks
  • New 2018 Board of Directors Orientation
  • Dinner on your own

Friday, October 27 (Post-Conference)

  • NAVPA Board of Directors & Committee Meetings
  • Wrap-Up & Feedback of Committees