National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop

February 10-13, 2019 / San Antonio, TX


The NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and practices of GEAR UP leaders, practitioners, and partners. Founded on our national strategy of EXCEL/PROVE/MOBILIZE, this event aims to provide relevant and critical content and knowledge for attendees. Each element of the conference aims to ensure that GEAR UP professionals receive training and resources aligned to these elements to help advance your programmatic success and expand your growth as a GEAR UP leader and change agent.


What to Expect

Burst Sessions

Each day begins with a thought-provoking and energizing “Burst” keynote session that will underscore one of our EXCEL/PROVE/MOBILIZE strategies. Monday will feature elements of EXCEL, Tuesday of PROVE, and Wednesday of MOBILIZE. These Burst keynotes are intended to prepare the audience to dive deeper into the topics, while underscoring the importance and critical nature of each part of the national strategy.


Following the energizing Burst keynote sessions, each morning will consist of intensive workshops focused on cross-cutting skills that align with the national strategy. In the past, each morning only had workshops that aligned with the Burst keynote session; this year we’re offering workshops that cut across EXCEL/PROVE/MOBILIZE each morning. In these hands-on workshops, you’ll learn foundational skills necessary to improve the impact of GEAR UP in your community.

Skill-Building Seminars

After a networking lunch, the afternoon will feature shorter seminars that focus on specific best practices that can be adapted to your local context. In another hands-on format, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and interact with peers to build strategies that are pertinent to your GEAR UP program. Following the seminars on Monday, you’ll have a chance to network with like-minded peers through affinity groups and on Tuesday you’ll have the chance to debrief with your team about what you’ve learned.


Conference Hotel

Grand Hyatt San Antonio is the official hotel of the 2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop. Please make your hotel reservations early — the meeting hotel has sold out in the past years! There are few places more magical than San Antonio’s River Walk; at Grand Hyatt San Antonio, enjoy a stay just steps from this landmark, as well as the Alamo, iconic riverside restaurants, quirky shops, and more. The Grand Hyatt is in the heart of San Antonio’s historic downtown. 

Conference Room Rates: $219 single/double occupancy.

  • Book your room online; or

  • Call reservations (210) 224-1234 and use the group code “G-ncep.”

  • Check-In Time: 4:00pm; Check-out Time: 11:00am

Hotel Parking: Discounted Self-Parking at $18.00 per day per car, excluding tax. Pick up a parking garage exit ticket at the conference registration information desk to qualify for discount.

Travel Information

United Airlines

United Airlines offers discounts 2% to 10% off published fares for travel to CBW. To compare fares, simply:

  1. Visit United Airlines’ website and select “Reservations/Book a Flight” from the drop-down menu.

  2. Complete the requested travel dates/time information per your preferences.

  3. In the section labeled “Promotions & Certificates” insert NCCEP’s Code: ZFXR895364 in the box.

  4. Scroll down and click on the SEARCH box.

  5. Or, call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations (refer to Z Code: ZFXR and Agreement Code: 895364).

Ground Transportation

A taxi from San Antonio International Airport (SAT), can range from $35 to $50 depending on traffic conditions and the number of passengers in your party. In addition, all of the ride-share companies like Uber or Lyft are active in the region.

To book an airport shuttle for your group, visit with or SuperShuttle for service from San Antonio International Airport.

Visit this link for more information on transportation to and from San Antonio International Airport (SAT).  

Highlights from the 2018 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop