Student Strand




NCAC welcomes students to our Philadelphia 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.

On Wednesday, we are offering a special post-session training in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship "Leading and Learning: Activating the Entrepreneurial Mindset".

Businesses solve problems. Why not follow in the footsteps of SpaceX, TOMS, and others, using your entrepreneurial mindset to help solve big problems and help others? Entrepreneurs approach challenges and tasks in a unique way—with an entrepreneurial mindset (EM). The EM is the set of attitudes, skills, and behaviors that all young people need to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. By developing an EM, you will learn that failure is a key component to learning and that pivoting from setbacks is a critical component that is behind all successful entrepreneurs.

NFTE encourages students to think innovatively like entrepreneurs by teaching them how to provide new solutions to any challenge. During this session, we will challenge you to put your creative thinking caps on you will collaboratively think of original ways to help solve 21st Century business challenges, as well as Global Goals that the United Nations has identified as the most serious challenges to humanity. Are you ready to get creative, brainstorm and learn to approach every problem with the mindset of an entrepreneur?


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


There is no session on Wednesday.  Students are free to attend the breakout sessions, post-sessions, tours or to explore historic Philadelphia.


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