IF YOU GO

What: San Juan College's 2013 Technology Leadership Conference

When: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 27

Where: Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall and adjacent rooms at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd.

Cost: Free

More info: For details and to register, visit sanjuancollege.edu/tlc or call 505-566-4321

FARMINGTON — Next week's Technology Leadership Conference offers attendees a chance to learn more about technology and how it can improve education, the workplace and advertising.

The San Juan College Office of Technology Services will host the day-long conference on Sept. 27. This year's theme is technology innovation and community collaboration.

Four Corners area companies, along with staff and students from San Juan College, will provide training to encourage collaboration between businesses and the college, said Shelley Amator, the college's chief information officer. The conference is free and open to the public.

"The college can provide this to the community as a free service, a conference to bring in speakers and give the community something to do to learn about technology and education," Amator said.

Two speakers will open the conference before a series of 16 workshops, divided into four sessions.

Mike Belcher and Bob Grassberger will speak at the beginning of the day, and Adam Milner is scheduled to present during the lunch break.

Belcher, American education strategy manager for Hewlett-Packard, will focus on technology solutions in education. Grassberger, a teacher, researcher and entrepreneur, will share his knowledge to help businesses make more informed decisions. Milner, a Farmington native, will discuss his work with robotics and 3-D printing and how it relates to the future of manufacturing.

The 16 workshops will cover four different "tracks" Amator said. Tracks cover areas including technical, applications, business and technology.

Lynn Lane, the college's technology trainer, said she is excited about the diversity of sessions. Classes that are scheduled to be offered include Information Security Basics, Disrupting Education and Creating a Hybrid Storage Environment between Private and Public Clouds.

"We have some fun things they can attend here," Lane said.

Based on feedback from last year, the conference has added more technical classes like Basic Routing and Troubleshooting Demo.

This year's conference has been moved to the Henderson Fine Arts Center on the San Juan College main campus. Last year, it was held at the college's Little Theater.

Amator said the move will make traveling between the speakers and workshops easier.

"We're trying to answer the feedback in the past and provide a varied schedule so just about everyone can find something they are interested in," Amator said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.