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Navigating ANC for the First Time

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Looking over the more than 80 quality education sessions listed on ANC 2009 section of, I am amazed at how much information can be packed into just four days….and yet I am told that more sessions are still being added! In fact, just this week a new session entitled, “Give Me the Money! – Grant Writing 101,” was added to the Professional Skill Building track. As the nation’s economy struggles to recover, securing grants for our programs is more important than ever. If you haven’t done so already, I’d suggest you look over sessions now to start mapping out a schedule that addresses your individual needs. There's no way I’ll be able to get to all the sessions on my tentative agenda, which is why I’m relieved that so many of my team members from Onalaska School District in Wisconsin will be joining me in Las Vegas. With our combined effort I’m sure we can get to nearly ever session!

Speaking of the Onalaska team, the kitchen supervisors from the district will be first timers to the ANC experience. They are excited to experience a professional conference and already have started planning for the sessions they would like to attend. They want to meet with me to help them put together a plan so they can experience all there is to offer. I still remember my first ANC and so I’m excited to share this experience with them.

Attending the ANC for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, so be prepared to pace yourself. Use the event website to set priorities ahead of time. To maximize your attendance, my best advice is to ask questions, share ideas, network with other attendees, learn as much as possible and, most importantly—have a good time!

Is this your first time attending ANC? What are you most looking forward to? And for all of you conference veterans, what advice can you offer for first-time attendees?

Katie Wilson
SNA President


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