Breakout Session 4
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

All times based on Central Time Zone (CDT)

SARA LEISTE View Bio

Senior Academic Associate
Capella University
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

KATIE RODRIGUEZ MACINNES View Bio

Academic Associate
Capella University
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Capella University has a robust process for awarding credit based on industry recognized certifications. Certified learners have higher persistence and graduation rates. This session will provide an overview of the rationale for offering credit based on certifications, as well as the academic and administrative processes supporting it including CAEL’s Ten Standards for Assessing Learning. The Capella certification opportunity provides a faculty-approved, academically sound basis for awarding credit which benefits adult learners.

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GABRIELA ANDERSEN MARÍN View Bio

Admissions Advisor
Inver Hills Community College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

MONICA IBARRA View Bio

Title III Program Coordinator
Inver Hills Community College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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

With over 100,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota and rising, colleges across the state are gaining perspective and facilitating proactive measures. Preparing for the paradigm shift in the student body, Higher Ed. Institutions are now beginning to understand just how difficult life and the pursuit of education truly is for DACA and undocumented immigrants. In this presentation, we will be exploring and learning the complicated situation these individuals face and what we can do to support them.

SYLVIA ALEXANDER-SEDEY View Bio

Partnership Liaison
Concordia University, St. Paul

JULIO VARGAS-ESSEX View Bio

Vice President of Student Success
North Hennepin Community College
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Track(s): Teaching the Adult Student

In this session, you will learn exemplary methods to educating the adult learner. We will share our successes and defeats experienced when educating adult learners. Be ready to participate in an unconscious bias activity. You will be invited to share your experiences, thoughts and creative ways to educate adult learners. At the end of the session, you will walk away with a toolkit of wonderful ways to engage these students while respecting their uniqueness and life’s challenges.

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ANN DEIMAN-THORNTON View Bio

Education Director
Minnesota Department of Corrections-Stillwater facility
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

MARCIE KOETKE View Bio

Director of Education
Minnesota Department of Corrections

Track(s): Developing Corrections/Reentry Programs

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of MCEC: the Minnesota Correctional Education Center. Attendees will learn how education is delivered at correctional facilities throughout the state of Minnesota, and will be introduced to the programming offered at the varied custody level facilities (including secondary, post-secondary, career/technical offerings, and positive programming).

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AMBER DELLIGER View Bio

Instructor
Metro North Adult Education
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CINDY SECORD View Bio

Adult Education Teacher
Metro North Adult Education
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Track(s): Teaching the Adult Student

Success in college, career and within the community requires more than just content knowledge – command of soft skills also plays a vital role. We will use the Academic, Career & Employability framework to develop strategies, resources and tools to develop a classroom culture that embeds soft skills into daily instruction rather than in isolation. Effective Communication and ways to support it in any content area (even math!) will be the focus of the session.

JESSI FAUE View Bio

Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator
Veterans Health Administration
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Supporting the Needs of Veterans

Student Veterans are a unique population in colleges and universities. Often older than the traditional college age student, these “non traditional” college students have lived experience such as basic training, deployments, and combat exposure. Being aware of the student Veteran dynamics is one way that we can work together and help prevent suicide amongst this population.

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CASSANDRA LEVESQUE View Bio

Degree Audit Support Analyst
Minnesota State System Office
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

JESSICA MIGLER View Bio

Assistant Director for Transfer
Minnesota State System Office
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

MICHAEL OLESEN View Bio

Project Manager
Minnesota State System Office
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KELLY PONTO WATRIN View Bio

uAchieve Planner and Schedule Builder Analyst
Minnesota State System Office
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Advising Adult Learners, Innovating with College Readiness, Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This session will discuss the various tools that Minnesota State offers to both students and staff system-wide for program completion and transfer.

Tools include: Degree Audit, Graduation Planner and Schedule Builder (coming soon), Transferology/Transferology Lab, and TES (transfer evaluation system). We will discuss how all of these tools are used, how they all work together, how they can be used and accessed by students, and how staff can use them to support students.

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