Student Strand


NCAC is proud to announce this year’s conference will include:

  • Student Ambassador Training/Student Strand (with Certification)
  • Student Project Showcase 



NCAC welcomes students to our Houston conference and we are proud to offer our new student ambassador training and leadership certification. NCAC’s Student Brand Ambassador Certification Program ensures that your Ambassadors have the training they need to successfully represent their academies, high school and district. To that end, NCAC is offering a three day certification program designed specifically for career academy students, taught by NCAC trainers, to ensure the students are prepared to represent their school and their career academy in the most effective way possible.  Register today…the cost is only $150 and includes a leadership certification to those who complete the three-day training.

The three-day agenda will consist of the following topics:

Day 1 – MONDAY

4:00– 5:45 pm: Session #1 – Speech Development & Delivery

Day 2 – TUESDAY 

9:00 – 10:00 am: Session #2 – Role of the Ambassador
10:00 - 11:00 am: Session #3 – Understanding Career Academies
11:00 - 12:00 pm: Session #4 – Understanding Leadership
2:15 - 3:15 pm: Session #5 – Being the Brand
3:45 - 5:00 pm: Session #6 – Student Power Talks Round 1


8:30  – 9:45 am: Session #7 - Student Power Talks Round 2


To learn more about the Student Ambassador Training, please contact Jessica Lopp at



The National Career Academy Coalition Annual Conference hosts a student project showcase open to all academy students across the nation.  The NCAC Project Showcase allows academy students to showcase their projects, talents, and creativity.

This is an annual event at the NCAC national conference. Project based learning is an important part of the teaching and learning process in a career academy and NCAC seeks to elevate this method. In this process, students engage in authentic problem solving while learning necessary content standards and the competencies that will lead to successful lifelong learning: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.

The NCAC Project Showcase will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the National Career Academy Coalition’s conference in Houston, TX.  Projects will be critiqued by a panel of judges on Tuesday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be open to conference attendees for viewing from for the duration of the conference (Monday, November 5 from 12:00 – 5:45, through Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).  Students may set up beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and must be ready to show by noon. Students must register on the NCAC website. During this event, students will showcase their collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills by articulating their learning and displaying authentic products created throughout the year in preparation for college, career and life. 

All projects will be critiqued by a panel of judges with two components scored:  a display containing evidence of completion and on-site interviews.

Student Projects will be on display for the entire conference.     

To download a comprehensive guide for the Student Project Showcase, please click here.


To learn more about the student strand, and registration, please contact Jessica Lopp at