Serving Adults in Transition: Creating Environments that Support Working Learners

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Serving Adults in Transition: Creating Environments that Support Working Learners. May 6, 2010. Workforce Development. Best Practices Initiative: Serving Dislocated Workers Office of the Chancellor Shari Olson System Director - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Minnesotas Adult Learners Age 18-64Without an Associate Degree = 1,976,325

  • 2010 Research and ThinkersHyperlinks:Peter Smith. Harnessing Americas Wasted Talent: A New Ecology for Learning. (2010). Louis Soares. Working Learners. (June, 2009). The Center for American ProgressBill and Melinda Gates FoundationLumina FoundationJoyce Foundation

  • Minnesota Profile of Adult Learners 2008

    Handout: http://www.cael.org/pdf/state_profiles/MINNESOTA.pdf

    More Research from CAEL (Adult Learning in Focus, full report)http://www.cael.org/adultlearninginfocus.htm

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    ASAP (Adult Success through Accelerated Programs)Inver Hills Community CollegeMartha Kudak, Director/faculty - Adult Success through Accelerated Programs (ASAP)

    ASAP provides adult learners with accelerated options for getting their 2/4 year degree through:EDUCATIONAL PLANNINGACCELERATED COURSESCREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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    ASAP (Adult Success through Accelerated Programs)ASAP ProfileProgram initiated at IHCC in 1997Average student age is 4169% femaleCurrently 800+ active student base100+ new students per semesterOver 5000 adult learners servedLargest accelerated degree program in MNSCUDesignated an ALFI (Adult Learner Focused Institution)Recognized as a top community college nationally in adult student satisfaction (Adult Learner Inventory 2006, 2009)

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    ASAP (Adult Success through Accelerated Programs)EDUCATIONAL/CAREER PLANNING written two and/or four year degree plan

    ACCELERATED COURSES 6-8 week classes that meet once per week

    CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING CLEP, ACE, DSST, Excelsior Prior Learning Assessments through ASAP

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    ADULTS IN TRANSITIONInver Hills Community CollegeSusan Jarosak, Director of Adult Learning

    Designed for adults: who are unemployed considering a new career directionthinking about coming to college.

    Initiated in 2008 as a result of US recessionNew IHCC taskforce to address learner needsDepartment collaborations to ensure successWork with external partners

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    ADULTS IN TRANSITIONNEW INTIATIVES:Direct collaboration with workforce centersHelp with personal, career and educational individualized needs Seminars focused on career and education (collaboration of Career Center and ASAP)Career Center referral for individual advisingWorkforce Center Education FairsMember Workforce Center Education BoardCollaborate with SHIFT and Academy for Lifelong Learning

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    Center for Lifelong LearningLake Superior CollegeSteve Wagner, Vice President

    Designed to serve the working learner or dislocated workerCreated in 2008-09Merged College in the Schools, Upward Bound and Perkins with Center programsCollectively provide Transition services

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    Center for Lifelong LearningDislocated Workers and Transitioning Adults services include:Prior Learning AssessmentCredit by ExamCLEP and DSST ExamsCareer and Academic PlanningRe-Careering Services

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    Center for Lifelong LearningChallenges and Opportunities for the Center:Continue to collect data to support Center Align activities with Academic Affairs, Student Services and Continuing Ed.Develop programming across age continuum from H.S. to older adultsContinue marketing to college and community partners

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    eFolio MinnesotaLegislativeFunding$225,000/yr.

    2002-2010Evolution of Efolio MinnesotaMesabi Range Community and Technical CollegeRoxanne Richards, Director CTCE

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    eFolio MinnesotaWorkforce counselors in NE MN Region are all trained on eFolio

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    Shared Curriculum Online Manufacturing Certificate Programs360 Center of ExcellenceBemidji State University, Central Lakes College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, Northwest Technical College, Pine Technical College, Riverland Community College, Saint Paul College, and St. Cloud Technical College.Online certificate programs shared between colleges within the 360 Center of Excellence

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    Shared Curriculum Online Manufacturing Certificate Programs

    http://www.360mn.org/

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    Certificate Program Development

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College Rapid Response Model

    Sherry Wickstrom, Executive Director

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    Certificate Program Development

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    Certificate Program Development SolidWorks!Virtual Infrastructure Architecture (VMware)Product Development and Project ManagementCustomer ServiceAdministrative ProfessionalAcupressurePrint DesignLean HealthcareLean/GreenWork Place WellnessEssential OilsWeb Development

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    Certificate Program Development After Stephanie Turkowski became unemployed she upgraded her skills by completing three popular certificate programs: Project Management, Web Design and Microsoft Office. She now works as Manager of Education at the Minnesota Medical Association.

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    AACC Prime Time Plus 50 InitiativeCentury CollegeBridgett Backman, Program Manager Chosen by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve as one of 5 colleges in the nation to mentor other community colleges in developing innovative programs for individuals over age 50

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    AACC Prime Time Plus 50 InitiativeThree Main focus areas:

    Academic/enrichment: 86%

    Training/Re-training: 58%

    Service/Volunteering: 30%

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    AACC Prime Time Plus 50 InitiativeKey strategies:

    Create opportunities to interest the Plus50 audience (i.e. community based partnerships)Market to how they want to be addressedNot senior but ageless.Tell your stories.Create an advisory or volunteer group.

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    AACC Prime Time Plus 50 InitiativeLessons Learned:Create a single point of entry or system.Communicate often with this group they are the new connected generation.Partner internally Use your campus lifePlant sale, common book, GPS, service learning, theatre, or culinary program events to bring new adult learners on campus.

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    College Learning CenterSt. Paul CollegePeggy Kennedy, Vice President

    Creating a College Learning Center Academic Support Center, Technology Learning Lab, English Language Learning; location will be in the CTCE building.

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

    Learning is forever.

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

    Learning is for all of us.

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

    There are tremendous opportunities to collaborate during this time of declining resources Are we?

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

    We can be part of the change.

    The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

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    Moving Forward

    Be an observer, Be a listener, and Be an active participant.

    BE A COLLABORATOR

    BE A CHANGE AGENT

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    For More InformationPlease contact:Bridgett - bridgett.backman@century.edu Susan - sjarosak@inverhills.edu Peggy - peggy.kennedy@saintpaul.edu Martha mkudak@inverhills.edu Shari - shari.olson@so.mnscu.edu Jim - james.retka@northlandcollege.edu Roxanne - r.richards@mr.mnscu.edu Steve - wagnerst@lsc.edu Sherry - sherry.wickstrom@anokaramsey.edu

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    When we change lives through learning, we change the world forever. Shari L. Olson

    *My original research project was to document best practices in service to dislocated workers using a qualitative methodology. In the process, I asked these questions: Q#1) Share 1-3 best practices in your services to dislocated workersQ#2) Whats working, whats not working: -agency-to-agency; -department-to-department; -college-to-the-systemQ#3) What are some of your questions for DEED?

    Through this process I also learned about the innovation taking place at various MnSCU campuses in service not only to the dislocated worker, but to the working learner. With the richness of these findings, I have prepared a joint-presentation with the practitioners doing this fine work . They will each take a few minutes to share with you what they are doing in service to working learners, Creating Environments that Support Working Learners.

    ***CAEL statistics

    Over the past year, I have also been inundated with research and information about serving the working learners that do not have a college degree (associate). Into the next 10 years, I see this as one of our next big initiatives at community and technical colleges. We will succeed as a nation, or fail as a nation because we strategically choose or not choose to re-purpose learning experiences for all learners. We need to become more learner-centric, and consider developing INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING PLANS for all learners. It is about taking the learner, from where they are at, and facilitating their development based on their interests, strengths, and needs.

    *We need to create Learner-centric models to serve the 21st Century Learners, so we can reach the middle third that Peter Smith discusses in his newly released book, Harnessing Americas Wasted Talent.

    Reaching the Middle Third Peter Smith, Sr. VP Academic Strategies and Development at Kaplan Higher Education identifies three overarching quality indicators that support merit for the many, which include:1) Personalization - look at learners abilities, interests, strengths, learning style, vs. m