Breakout Session 3
12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

All times based on Central Time Zone (CDT)

BRENDA VAN VOSSEN View Bio

PLA Coordinator & Business Faculty
Inver Hills Community College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), Advising Adult Learners, Developing Adult-Based Programs

This session will give participants ideas on how to build a PLA course for your institution. A general course outline and example assignment ideas will be presented, along with anecdotes, stories, and what to do’s and not to do’s. This session will include suggestions on how to partner with other resources in your institution to successfully implement this course and funnel appropriate students into it.

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SHANNON WILLIAMS View Bio

Community-Based Learning Coordinator
Inver Hills Community College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Teaching the Adult Student, Focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

According to the AAC&U, community-based learning is a high impact teaching practice that increases rates of student engagement and retention, but how can we make it work for our adult learners? As a result of attending this session, participants will have concrete strategies for implementing community-based learning into the curriculum or co-curricular programs and know the best practices for success.

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JACQUELYNN MOL SLETTEN View Bio

Financial Aid Administrator
Minnesota Office of Higher Education / MN Dual Training Grant

KELCEY WOODS-NORD View Bio

Apprenticeship & Internship Coordinator
South Central College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Collaborating with Workforce Service Providers, Developing Adult-Based Programs

The dual-training model elevates the higher education process by implementing collaboration among employers, employees, training providers, and government agencies so employees can achieve their education and career goals, and employers can meet their workforce needs. Join us in learning how the Dual Training Grant encourages employers to listen and meet the education needs of their employees.

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MARY BETH LAKIN View Bio

Director, C-PLAN (Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network)
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

GINA SOBANIA View Bio

Director of Miltary, Veteran, and Adult Learner Services
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Supporting the Needs of Veterans; Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluation of workforce and military training and occupations is a longstanding, nationally respected review with faculty teams at the center of the process. Join this workshop to hear more about the review and how ACE credit recommendations are determined. Learn how institutions and systems are engaging faculty and other key campus stakeholders to develop an infrastructure and best practices for mapping crosswalks of ACE credit-recommended training.

KELSEY DEMMERT View Bio

Outreach Coordinator
Dakota County Sheriff’s Office
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Developing Corrections/Reentry Programs, Teaching the Adult Student

Teaching in a correctional environment for the first time can be intimidating. Understanding the risks and needs of the population is just the first step in effectively engaging learners in a correctional environment or those recently released from one. This session provides a practical model and recommendations for working with justice-involved individuals.

ANIKA STAFFORD View Bio

Academic & Financial Aid Advisor
Dakota County Technical College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Advising Adult Learners, Supporting the Needs of Veterans, Teaching the Adult Student

Wellness is a buzzword that we often hear, but many people don’t understand what it is. This presentation explores wellness concepts in depth, with opportunities for participants to actively try different self-care techniques during the presentation. How stress affects the mind, body, and soul will be explored as well as the most common stressors that affect adult students and how faculty and staff can help. This is an active presentation with activities.

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