Colorado Adult Learning Symposium 2014:
On the Road to Completion

MDMC_logoBy 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.

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.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9 a.m.- 5 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

Registration begins May 1, 2014. Check in at

Call for Proposals will be posted in February and will be due on April 1st. Please check in.

Highlights from the 2013 Colorado Adult Learning Symposium

Photos c/o Brett Stakelin/Regis University

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first Colorado Adult Learning Symposium. We discussed policy and practice for adult learning, including reverse transfer, competency-based education, assessment of prior learning; connected around strategies and practices to better serve adults, and shared successful and promising practices.


The agenda from the 2013 event is below. Please note, some of the presentations are available for download by clicking on the link in the title.

Panel Discussion:
Setting the Stage - Where are we today? What lead us to today, and where are we headed?

Panelists include:

  • Becky Takeda-Tinker, Colorado State University- Global Campus
    Chari Leader-Kelley, CAEL
  • Alison Griffin, Miles Above Strategies
  • Geri Anderson, Colorado Community College System
  • Vicki Golich, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Breakout Sessions

  • Prior Learning Assessments for Veterans and Current Military Service Members: Cheri Arfsten, Colorado ACME/Pikes Peak Community College, and Dr. Roxanne Gonzales, Regis University
  • Changing Perspectives: Assessment, Competencies, and Credit for Learning: Chari Leader-Kelley, senior consultant, CAEL
  • Emily Griffith Technical College: Adult Basic Education Overview: Jeff Barratt, Executive Director, Emily Griffith Technical College and Linda Van Doren, Dean of Instruction ESL, ABE, GED, Emily Griffith Technical College
  • Quality Standards for Accelerated Learning Programs: Royce Ann Collins, Ph.D, Associate Professor- Adult Education, Kansas State University and CAP Executive Board member, former chair
  • Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio and Implementation: Janet Colvin, Regis University
  • Reverse Transfer: Valuing the Associate's Degree: Erin K. Hoag, student services, Colorado Community College System, and Sierra E. Fleenor, research associate/program coordinator, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Financing Education: Affordability, Access, and Completion: Alfredo Burciaga, director of financial education, College in Colorado
  • Own Your Future: Reintroducing Prior Offenders to Education and the Workforce: Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director, College in Colorado
  • Cross-sector Collaboration: Promising Models from the Adult College Completion Network: Patrick Lane, project coordinator, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
  • Improving Recruitment, Retention and Graduation for the Hispanic College Student: Dr. Estevan Flores, Director of Faculty & Curriculum and Frank Leyva, Director Integrated Student Services, Regis University, Dual Language Campus

  • Linking Education and Work: Employer-Education Partnerships Moderator:
    • Shawn Hulsizer, Director of Strategic Customer Solutions, CAEL
    • Russ Sullivan, Director of Organizational Development, Air Methods
    • Joe Barela, Arapahoe/Douglas Regional Workforce Director Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Division Manager
    • Christine Carpenter, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)
    • Joan Hibdon, Sr. Director, Talent Development, tw telecom, inc.
  • Post Secondary Training: Unmet Needs in Colorado: Joe Barela, Arapahoe/Douglas Regional Workforce Director
  • Town Hall:

    The Town Hall concluded the conference and tapped the wisdom of the attendees while addressing the key takeaways from the conference and considering the “What’s Next?” question.