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2018 MCA Annual Training Institute (Your Membership Must Be Activated To Register)

  • 10/23/2018
  • 6:30 PM
  • 10/26/2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Duluth, MN


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Award Guests Must Obtain Special Registration Code from MCA Office.
  • This option is for those attending the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening and Conference on Wednesday Only.
  • Choose this option if payment is being made after 9/28/18. Your membership must be current to register.
  • If invoice will not be paid by 9/28/18, choose other registration rate option. Your membership must be current to register.
  • Free conference attendance - additional options for meal package and Thursday Evening Entertainment. Your sponsor membership must be current to register.
  • You must have a current Student Membership to Register.


If you have just signed up for a New Membership and have just paid for it via PayPal, your membership needs to be activated before you can sign up for the conference.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail that your membership has been activated.

MCA Annual Training Institute
October 24-26, 2018 at the DECC
"Past Reflections and Future Bridges"

October 23:  Special 85th Anniversary Event &
Awards Ceremony 6-10 p.m.
DECC - Harbor Side

Click here for conference schedule

Award Nominations
Awards will be presented at the MCA 85th Anniversary kick-off event, Tuesday evening, October 23rd
; DECC - Harbor Side  (more details below)

Conference Fees
Rates include lunches and evening events

Due to recent approval for POST credits and CEU's $250 rate is being extended until 9/28.

  • $250 rate must be paid by 9/28Invoice increases to $350 if not paid by 9/28. 
  • $350 late registration rate after 9/28/18

Conference fee does not include your lodging (see lodging information below-breakfasts included at most hotels).

POST & CEU Credits
POST: We are pleased to announce the 2018 MCA conference has been evaluated and approved for 16 continuing education credits, for peace officers and part-time peace officers, by the MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. 

CEU: We are also pleased to announce 15 CEU credits have been approved for licensure participants who attend the 2018 MCA Conference. 


  • Membership is required for conference attendance. 
  • Membership must be current and active to register on-line. 
  • Click here to sign up for a membership.
  • If you register for the conference and your membership expires by October 31, 2018, MCA will send you a renewal invoice. Renewal  invoices must be paid by 9/30/18.


  • Agency paying for membership and registration:  If you do NOT have a current membership, and your agency is paying for your membership AND conference registration by check, your agency may submit a paper registration form with a check.  Click here for registration form. 
  • Attendee paying for membership only:  If membership is the responsibility of the attendee, membership must be paid before registration can be processed.  Attendee may also register for conference on-line after membership is paid.  Attendee will be sent conference invoice and must give to their agency for payment processing. Click here to sign up for a membership. If you are unsure what your membership status is, you can sign into the MCA website and click on your profile or email the MCA office at mca-mn@hotmail.com.
  • MCA does not need a copy of your agency Purchase Order.  Attendee receives an invoice immediately upon registration.

Fall Conference Sponsors
Thanks to our Fall Conference Sponsors
Annual Sponsors
MINNCOR Industries
- Conference Printing
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge - Registration Bags
RS EDEN/RSI Laboratories - Lanyards
180 Degrees - Past President Breakfast

BI Incorporated
The Duluth Bethel
Prairie Lakes Youth Programs
Village Ranch
Volunteers of America
Satellite Tracking of People LLC

Fall Conference Sponsors
Thrivent Financial Services
The Hills Youth and Family Services/Woodland Hills

Tuesday Evening 85th Anniversary Kick-off Event & Awards Ceremony 6:00-10:00 p.m. - DECC - Harbor Side
Join us as MCA kicks-off the 85th Anniversary celebration!!

2018 MCA Award Recipients:
Corrections Person of the Year 
Collin Gau, Assistant Commissioner-Facilities
Minnesota Department of Corrections

Professional Achievement-Field Services
Mitch Gundgovi, ISR Agent
Hennepin County CCA

Professional Achievement-Facilities
Cari Gerlicher, Office of Special Investigations
Minnesota Department of Corrections

President's Award
Victim Assistance and Restorative Justice
Minnesota Department of Corrections

Technology Award
David Heath, Information Technology Analyst

Arrowhead Regional Corrections

Board of Director's Award
Tara Rathman, MCA Communications Chairman

Hearings & Release Unit - MN DOC


Social Hour

FOXY: Laughter is Cheaper than Therapy 

Due to popular demand, Foxy (aka Carole Smith, retired MCA Executive Director) returns to the MCA Institute to shine a light on the darker side of Corrections.


Musical Entertainment by the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir

Minnesota Department of Corrections Honor Guard

Awards Ceremony

Special announcements by the 85th Anniversary Committee 


Wednesday Evening Hospitality Event - Clyde Iron Works 
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

GTL - Thank you Sponsoring Shuttle Service for this event!

Exhibitor Hospitality Sponsors:
Midwest Monitoring
The Hills Youth & Family Services
Volunteers of America

Exhibitors - contact Sherry Bohn or Jason Mereness regarding this event.

Thursday Evening Sponsor List - Grandma's Sports Garden  6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Dinner buffet, music by Good for Gary, games, Touch Tunes, more food and Networking!!

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Sponsor Opportunities - Click here for sponsor opportunity information. Special MCA 85th Anniversary sponsor opportunity available.

Cancellations must be received in writing to the MCA office via e-mail:  mca-mn@hotmail.com. 
The following refund schedule will apply: 
100% refund before 09/01/18
50% refund 09/02/18 to 10/01/18
No refund 10/02/18 or after
If a registrant is unable to attend you may send someone in their place in lieu of cancellation, just e-mail the MCA office.

Refunds for payments made by credit card will have the transaction fee deducted from the refund.

Hotel Accommodations Conference Attendee Registration and Exhibitor Registration does NOT include overnight accommodations.  To make hotel reservations, contact the following hotels by 9/23/18 and ask for the MCA rate:  

Canal Park Lodge:  218-279-6000
The Inn on Lake Superior:
  218-726-1111 or 888-668-4352
The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza:  218-727-4663 or 800-794-1716 (ask for group name MN Corrections 2018)
Pier B:  218-481-8888
Holiday Inn & Suites:  218-722-1202
Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark (hotel option for those bringing the family!) 218-728-3601 or 800-777-7925


 See you in Duluth!

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