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1 Creating and Sustaining Your Program for Adult Learners American Association of Community Colleges Funded with a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies 1

2 2 Presentation Slide Area Attendee List Chat Room

3 Submitting Questions  To submit a question or comment, type the question in the text field and click the arrow button.  Please enter the name of the person to whom the question is directed.  Your name, the text “Submitted Question,” and your question will appear in red on your screen, indicating successful submission.  Questions are directly transmitted to presenters—no other participants will see your questions. 3 Text Field Arrow Button

4 Practice: Attendance In the chat room, please type your name, the name of your organization, your location, and the number of people attending with you today. 4

5 Access to Webinar Materials Today’s session will be recorded and made available on the Plus 50 website: 5

6 Presenter Mabel Edmonds Dean for Workforce Development Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA 6

7 Presenter Kelly Lapetino Workforce Skills Manager Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL 7

8 Presenter 8 Kim Morey, Ed.D. Assistant to the President for Institutional Development Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD

9 Moderator Mary Sue Vickers Director, Plus 50 Initiative, American Association of Community Colleges 9

10 Learning Objectives 10  Identify the types of financial resources that are available to sustain a Plus 50 program  Identify challenges that might prevent the Plus 50 learner from returning to the classroom  Identify best practices to make your Plus 50 program profitable and broadly accessible

11 12 Tips for Developing and Deploying Your Plus 50 Program 1.Involve your President and Senior Administrators. 2.Determine your audience. 3.Conduct a needs assessment. 4.Assess your resources. 5.Know your community. 6.Convene a planning or advisory board. 7.Form community partnerships. 8.Set program goals and objectives. 9.Secure Funding. 10.Develop an evaluation plan. 11.Create an infrastructure for your program. 12.Participate in training and networking opportunities. 11 Visit

12 1.Conduct a needs assessment. 2.Tailor admission requirements and financial aid programs to Plus 50 students. 3.Provide a point-of-contact faculty member for Plus 50 students. 4.Avoid using words like senior, old, and elder. 5.Prepare counselors to deal with Plus 50 student needs. 6.Offer short-term courses in condensed blocks of time. 7.Coach faculty and adapt classrooms. 8.Develop a targeted marketing plan. 9.Partner with organizations that serve Plus 50 students. 10.Cultivate support from the CEO and across academic divisions. The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Become Plus 50 Friendly 12

13 The Common Thread Understanding how to create and sustain your program is critical for a successful Plus 50 Program! 13

14 Challenges Facing Sustaining Plus 50 Programs  Attracting Plus 50 students to campus could cause a net revenue drain  Tuition waivers  Increased enrollment  Finding faculty 14

15 Challenges Facing Sustaining Plus 50 Programs - Continued 15  Cultural  Attitudinal

16 Methods of Facing Challenges  Self-Supporting  Supplemental Funding  Leveraging Resources 16

17 What barriers are your community colleges facing in sustaining a Plus 50 Program? In the chat room, please enter a brief description of what barriers your community college is facing! 17

18 Panel Discussion 18 How are you addressing some of the challenges? Mabel Edmonds  Developing curriculum that targets a specific market  Utilize learning partners Kim Morey  Learning partnerships Kelly Lapetino  Hosting Plus 50 job fair  Tuition & Scholarships

19 Basic Principles of Creating and Sustaining your Plus 50 Program  Course Revenues  Additional grants to pay for staff and program activities 19

20 Basic Principles of Creating and Sustaining your Plus 50 Program  Build an internal constituency at the college that supports the Plus 50 Program  Institutionalize program components as part of a college’s standard operations 20

21 Basic Principles of Creating and Sustaining your Plus 50 Program  Program written into the college budget 21

22 Basic Principles of Creating and Sustaining your Plus 50 Program  Leverage and Grow Partnerships 22

23 Other Sources of funding to consider Funding sources  Private funding  Grants  Partners  Include in college budget  Build working relationship with Grants office 23

24 What successful avenues does your community college use to help sustain your Plus 50 Program? In the chat room, please enter a brief description of what successful avenues your community college uses to help sustain your Plus 50 Program! 24

25 Best Practices 25  Conduct a needs assessment and focus groups to determine the needs of your Plus 50 population  Form partnerships with key stakeholders internal and external, particularly with the College President  Market effectively to the Plus 50 Learner  Adapt your campus and classrooms to meet the needs of the Plus 50 learner.  Follow Avenues to Sustainability

26 Question & Answer Please enter any questions you have about the content covered in today’s session in the chat room. 26

27 Let Us Help You!  Kelly Lapetino Phone: (815)  Mabel Edmonds Phone: (253)  Kim Morey Phone: (605)  Mary Susan Vickers Phone: ext. 27

28 For More Information 28

29 To View a Recording of this Webinar 29 Today’s session has been recorded and is available on the Plus 50 website:

30 30 THANK YOU!


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