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 GPACAC 2017 Conference Cost Information

Members: From each registration, $5 will be contributed to support the Imagine Grant, with the exception of one-day registrations for High School Professionals.
Non-members: Your conference registration will include a one-year membership ($15 value) plus a $5 contribution to the Imagine Grant.

Full Conference Registration Pricing
High School Professional (Member)- $145 

High School Professional (Non-Member)- $155 
College Professional (Member)- $255
College Professional (Non-Member)- $270
Independent Counselor (Member)- $255
Independent Counselor (Non-Member)- $270
One-Day Conference Registration Pricing 
High School Counselor- $105
College Counselor (Member)- $155 
College Counselor (Non-Member)- $170
Independent Counselor (Member)- $155 
Independent Counselor (Non-Member)- $170
Note: The majority of conference programming will take place on Monday, April 3


A select number of grants are available for both the full conference or one-day attendance (includes registration, hotel, and travel stipend). Grant application is now closed. 

If you are unable to attend the conference, a full cancellation refund is available until Friday, March 24, 2017.  Any cancellations after Friday, March 24, 2017 is non-refundable.  

Questions regarding the Annual Conference? Contact GPACAC President, Karen Chen,

Attendee Registration Form

Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration Form

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information


Cost Information

Submit Session Proposal

Hotel and Accommodations

GPACAC College Fairs






Spring 2018 Conference Hotel Reservations


Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City will host our Joint Conference

4445 Main Street
Kansas CityMissouri 64111
Phone: 816-531-3000

Rate available 04/06/18 to 04/11/18

Book by 03/12/18

$149.00 USD/night

Guests will receive discounted self-parking only at $10 per day; valet parking at prevailing rates

To book rooms 3 days pre and post event please call in house reservations at 800-810-3708 available 24/7

Make a Reservation









Vendor and Exhibitor Levels

Monet Package: $1,500  

Includes one conference registration; quarter page ad in program; session break sponsor

daVinci Package:  $2,500

Includes two conference registrations; half page ad, breakfast sponsor and session opportunity (all sessions must be approved by conference committee).

VanGogh Package:  $3,500

Includes two conference registrations; ¾  page ad, prime location to exhibit, publicity on GPACAC website and session opportunity (all sessions must be approved by conference committee).

Michelangelo Package:  $5,000

Includes three conference registrations; full back page ad; 2 tables to exhibit in prime location; session speaking opportunity and publicity on GPACAC website.

Picasso Package:  $7,500

Includes four conference registrations; full back page ad; 2 tables to exhibit in prime location; session; happy hour sponsor and publicity on the GPACAC website.

Additional cost for exhibitors or sponsors:

Full Conference for one attendee:  $450 early bird/$500 regular cost
Each additional attendee:  $200

One conference registration includes all meals and events, exhibit space, opportunity for vendor presentation (with limited number of vendor sessions) and  recognition in the conference program. Internet for exhibitors is separate and must work with the hotel directly on internet access.

Program Advertising Options:

¼ page ad: $225 ½ page ad:  $300 Full page ad:  $450


GPACAC Annual Spring Conference (2015)

The 2015 GPACAC Conference will be held on April 12-14, 2015 

Intercontinental Hotel
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri, 64112

Hotel Rate: $139 per night (includes parking and wi-fi in your room)

Find a tentative conference schedule here (updated 9/15/2014)

Click here to see photos from the 2014 joint GPACAC/MOACAC click here

Registration will open in November.  

General questions regarding the Annual Conference: 

   contact Liz Majors or Karen Chen, Co-Chairs of Annual Conference for GPACAC


GPACAC Annual Spring Conference Helpful Links

Registration Page

Cost Information

Hotel and Accommodations

High School Counselor College Fair (coming soon)

GPACAC College Fairs

Vendors and Sponsor Information

Tentative Schedule

Keynote Speaker






Word From the Wise – aka “First Year College Student”

As you may remember from my fall entry, I theoretically designed new flyer for my high school college counselor’s bulletin board with three things I wish I would have known prior to stepping foot onto my college campus. Now, having completed my first year as a freshman, I’m looking back on January when my high school hosted a “College Life Panel” held for the juniors and seniors. It consisted of a dozen students from my graduating class who attended a variety of institutions for college. I attended a big state school along with a few other students on the panel; a few private schools were in attendance, as well as a few highly selective schools.

 We shared with the juniors and seniors our experiences as a first semester freshman, “back at the bottom of the totem pole,” as my college counselor said. The most common remark from my classmates was regarding relationships with professors. All twelve students stressed to the high schoolers that taking charge of your education is key. Sit in the front row. Go to office hours. Talk to your professors. Take initiative, don’t just wait for your grades to “get better.” It’s in your hands.

The panelists also spoke about Greek life, having cars on campus, handling a college workload, and meeting people. One of my favorite pieces of advice given by the panelists was to put yourself out there. It seemed like simple advice to me, maybe even common sense, until the panel. If I hadn’t gone to dinner with people in my residence hall, gone through sorority recruitment, and joined a few committees, I can honestly admit that I would have probably been miserable. My college friends are my backbone; they encourage me to focus on my academics but also know when we should take a step back and de-stress a bit. 

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