My Degree Matters Colorado (MDMCO) Update

Thank you to all who attended the
Colorado Adult Learning Symposium!

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

Next Meeting
Our next meeting will be a conference call on September 18th, 2013, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. If you would like to join us, please email Jo Winger de Rondon.


New! Resources Page
MDMCO recently debuted our Resources Page. In addition to Promising Practices submitted by our Stakeholders (Submit your own!), you can find resources and research for employers, education providers, and students. If you're looking for presentations you might have missed at the Colorado Adult Learning Symposium, you can find those here.

We continue to accept Promising Practices! Hear from one adult learner how the University of Denver's University College worked for her.

Welcome New Partners!

MDMCO is growing. Our new partners include Arapahoe Community College, Front Range Community College, and Western Colorado Community College.

If you know of an organization that should be at this table, let us know!

PARTNERS - Aurora Chamber of CommerceAurora Mayor, Steve HoganAccentureBetter Business BureauCity and County of BroomfieldBroomfield Business Resource CenterBroomfield Chamber of Commerce*CAELCenter for Work Education and EmploymentCollege In ColoradoCollege InvestCollege SummitColorado Christian UniversityColorado Department of Higher EducationColorado Community College SystemColorado State UniversityColorado State University Global CampusColorado State University OnlinePlusColorado Succeedsthe Colorado TrustCommunity College of AuroraCommunity College of DenverDenver FoundationDenver Metro Chamber of CommerceDenver Scholarship FoundationDeVry UniversityDowntown Denver PartnershipEducational Opportunity CenterGeneration SchoolsKaiser Permanente, Leadership Science Institute, LLC.Metro Denver Economic Development CorporationMetropolitan State University of Denver, Miles Above StrategiesMountain States Employers CouncilOffice of the Lt. Governor, State of ColoradoRed Rocks Community CollegeRegis University University College, University of DenverUniversity of ColoradoUniversity of Colorado at DenverUniversity of Phoenix
*My Degree Matters Colorado is managed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)