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The Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling is excited to announce our return to Owensboro, KY for the 2024 Annual Conference and Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI). The fourth largest city in Kentucky, Owensboro is nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River. A vibrant city, Owensboro provides many avenues for entertainment including the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, a variety of riverfront stages, as well as an expansive offering of locally owned restaurants. KYACAC can't wait to host you all.

Registration and Hotel Information

Date: March 13th-15th, 2024

Time: Welcome reception begins at 5:30pm on March 13th

Location: Owensboro Convention Center

                  501 W. Second Street

                  Owensboro, KY 42301


Registration Deadline: March 6th, 2024

Register Here!


Any cancellation between February 1st and February 14th will incur a $25 processing fee. Any cancellations on or after February 14th will not receive a refund.

Conference Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront

401 W. Second Street

Owensboro, KY 42301

While the conference rate for the hotel has expired, the Hampton Inn does still have rooms available. For more information on the hotel, please check here. The Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront is also next door to the Convention Center and has rooms available as well.

In light of our new partnership with StriveScan to bring their improved student barcode scanning technology to our College Fairs, all conference attendees will have a StriveScan barcode on their name badge. During the Interactive Demonstration, you will use the StriveScan app to scan counselors' barcodes. You'll have instant access to their contact information, can take notes, and export a list of all the counselors you connect with during the session. The counselors will also receive follow-up communication with your contact information - no need to exchange business cards! 

StriveScan will reach out directly with instructions on setting up your account, so keep an eye out for their follow-up email. The StriveScan team can be reached at with any questions and a StriveScan representative will be available on-site throughout conference to support.

Thank you to all of those who submitted session proposals. The Sessions Committee is excited to give you a first look at our educational sessions for our upcoming conference.

Conference and GWI Agenda

  • Affordability and Persistence - Joe Fries (Sallie Mae)
  • 5 Insights & Takeaways from the Graduating Senior Study: The Minds of College-Bound High School Seniors - Adam Parker (Carnegie) 
  • Leveraging One-on-One Appointments to Reduce Melt - Kevin Buckley and Stephanie Dickerson (University of Louisville)
  • A Data-Informed Approach to Recommendation Letters - Annie Murphy, Alexis Perez (Louisville Collegiate School)
  • Supporting Students in Their Postsecondary Transitions: Milestones and Strategies for Success - Cheryl Brumley, Kristie Miller, and Mitzi Holland (Kentucky Advising Academy)
  • Bridge Success with College & Career Partnerships - Jackie Ellis (The Lincoln Foundation)
  • 2024-25 FAFSA: Beyond the Soft Launch - Casi Benedict (KHEAA)
  • KYACAC College Fairs! - Hannah Peck (Lindsey Wilson) and Isabella Williams (StriveScan)
  • Getting Involved with KYACAC - Current and Past Board Members
  • Higher Ed For You - Completing a Degree While Working in College Admissions - Kevin Buckley (University of Louisville), Shelby Robertson (Western Kentucky University), Anna Chambers (University of Louisville) and Trey Book (University of Kentucky)
  • Plan, Prepare, Party! Using KHEAA’s KU Goes to College Initiatives to Support and Celebrate Your Students - Casi Benedict (KHEAA)
  • Ch-Ch-Check it Out! - Billy Sarge (St. Henry District High School)
  • Making a Case for Standardized Testing: The Big Picture - Shelby Robertson and Taryn Colloway (Western Kentucky University)
  • Student-Centered Principles WIN Again! - Charity Ferguson (Lindsey Wilson)
  • A Legislative Update with CPE - Travis Powell (Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education)
  • Institution, HS, KHEAA Collaboration Round Table - facilitated by Anna Garlock (University of Kentucky), Mary Turner (Alice Lloyd College), Amanda Jerome (Owensboro High School), Erin Burke (Sacred Heart Academy), Bradley Dickerson (University of Cincinnati), and Casi Benedict (KHEAA)
  • Slate User Round Table - facilitated by Matt Rurak (Kentucky Wesleyan College

To promote higher attendance and participation, GWI will now take place in the afternoon on the first full day of conference. Please refer to the conference agenda found above. The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee in collaboration with the sessions committee is excited to present our educational sessions for GWI this year:

  • Engaging and Recruiting Gen-Z and Diverse Populations - Antonio Quiles-Matias and Bradley Dickerson (University of Cincinnati)
  • Extended Session: Safe Zone Training - Katie Knackmuhs (Western Kentucky University)
  • Cultivating Opportunity: The Power of Courage and Connection - Dr. Damien Sweeney (Kentucky Department of Education)

  • Special Interest Groups: What are They and How Can I Start One? - Stephanie Dickerson (University of Louisville), Kevin Buckley (University of Louisville), Kendrick Quisenberry (Murray State University)

  • Impactful Partnerships - Jacquelyn Ellis (Lincoln Foundation)

  • Moving the Needle on Accessibility: The Importance of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations in College Admissions - Sydney Ricketts (DePauw University)

  • Futuriti - Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and Kentucky Department of Education

Thank you to our current conference sponsors and exhibitors. There is still time to participate. For questions on exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, please reach out to Stephanie Dickerson at

2024 Conference Sponsors

2024 Conference Exhibitors

  • UPS
  • Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA)
  • NextGrad
  • Carnegie
  • StriveScan
  • Sallie Mae
  • Kentucky Campus Compact
  • Goodkind
  • Element451
  • Magoosh
  • Encoura

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