Colorado Adult Learning Symposium 2014:


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.


Regis University, North Denver (Lowell) campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
Claver Hall, Mountain View Room

Who Should Attend:

The Colorado Adult Learning Symposium is attended by higher education faculty and administrators, employers, workforce developers, non-profit organizations working with adult learners, and policymakers from around the state who are interested in improving opportunity and success for adults in Colorado.

This event is full and registration has officially closed. Please visit our webpage after the event to see highlights from the 2014 symposium.

Program Agenda

By 2018, over 65% of job vacancies in Colorado will require a postsecondary credential.  Today, over 23% of Coloradans have some college, but no degree. What can you do to help them on the road to completion, to improve career prospects and secure a financial future?  Come join as we gather to discuss innovative education pathways for Colorado’s current and potential adult students.

Click here to download a .pdf of the full program.

Highlights from the 2013 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium

On July 29th My Degree Matters Colorado (MDMCO), the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Regis University, and CAEL held the first Colorado Adult Learning Symposium: Moving the Tassel.

  • 186 participants from higher education, industry, community organizations, and the public sector gathered to discuss policy and practice for improved adult learning access and opportunity. Conversations centered on reverse transfer, competency-based education, veteran support, and assessment of prior learning.
  • Lt. Governor Joe Garcia was the morning's keynote speaker, and reminded attendees that, "Adult learners are an increasing proportion of our population.... We need to have a world-class workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow; [in Colorado] we'll have fewer jobs than any other state that require just a high school education."
  • An opening panel, moderated by Dr. Geri Anderson, Vice President of the Colorado Community College System, set the stage for the day. Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, CSU Global; Dr. Chari Leader Kelley, CAEL; Alison Griffin, Miles Above Strategies; and Dr. Vicki Golich, Metropolitan State University of Denver gave an overview of adult learning in Colorado and across the country.
  • A Town Hall, moderated by Dr. Roxanne Gonzales of Regis University, closed the session. Participants discussed maintaining momentum, potential next steps, and ideas for future events.

Photos c/o Brett Stakelin/Regis University