Over 350 NJACAC members gathered at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City to “Connect, Create, & Collaborate” from May 19-21. The conference kicked off on Sunday night with the FUN FUNdraiser, raising money to benefit the NJACAC Camp College Program, serving first generation college-bound students. Throughout the two days, silent auctions, raffles, newly introduced “silly ribbons,” and NJACAC swag were available to purchase to support NJACAC programs like College Key and Camp College. Over $1,600 was raised in total.

Admissions and secondary school professionals were honored to welcome Zakiya Smith Ellis, New Jersey’s Secretary of Higher Education and former NACAC Board Director, as she addressed conference attendees during lunch on May 20. Keynote speakers Dr. Helen Rothberg, author and educational leader, and Bob Bardwell (NACAC Board member) spoke to attendees about leadership and our ever-evolving field of college admissions, as well as staying involved with NACAC (the annual conference is September 26-28 in Louisville, KY).

NJACAC conference members were inspired by breakout sessions on topics including “Cutting the Cord: Fostering Independence during the College Admission Process,” “The Evolution of Enrollment Management Marketing: Where Technology and Tradition Meet,” and “Training Your Team to Speak ‘Gen Z'”. View the full agenda, including descriptions of each session, here. This year, following the NACAC model, our affiliate introduced “special interest group” (SIG) discussions. Six SIG discussions took place: LGBTQA, Cultural Minority, Private/Parochial School Counselors, IEC, Community College/Transfer, and Public School Counselors.

Colleagues from both sides of the desk relished the chance to network and relax during the social on Monday evening. Four high school students and one community college student received scholarships on Monday afternoon, and six NJACAC members were presented with awards during Tuesday’s brunch. President Carlos Cano held an official business meeting before “passing the gavel” to incoming NJACAC president Larry Alterman and introducing the 2019-2020 executive board.

Thank you to all of our attendees for a wonderful conference! If you have any photos to share on social media, don’t forget to tag them #NJACAC19.