Workshop 5: What I Want to Be When I Grow Up Again - Resources and Best Practices for Working with Returning Adult Students

Program Description
More and more adult students are returning to college campuses to complete degrees or to take courses in preparation for a big career change. The needs, expectations, and challenges of adult students can differ quite a bit from those of their traditionally-aged counterparts. Advisors may feel overwhelmed when working with this often "high touch" group. At CU-Boulder, a service called CU Complete was implemented to address the needs of these returning students and to encourage other stop-out students to return. During this workshop, CU Complete Academic and Career Advisors will share what they have learned from working with these students and facilitate discussion and activities to help participants identify resources, gaps, opportunities and pathways for students on their own campuses.

Kathryn TisdaleUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Kathryn is the Student Services Director for Continuing Education at CU Boulder. In addition to working with adult student populations. Kathryn manages High School Concurrent Enrollment for CU. She completed her M.A. in Germanic Studies at Boulder in 2003 and is always looking for opportunities to use her language skills in an advising capacity.
Blazey HeierUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Blazey is an academic advisor with the College of Arts & Sciences Center for Students in Transition (SIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Blazey holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Wichita State University and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before joining SIT, Blazey worked in CU-Boulder's Division of Continuing Education.
Suzanne ClassenUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Suzanne has worked in higher education for fifteen years. Both at the community college and university levels, her student focus has been on the needs of non-traditional college students. Upon completing her master's degree in Counseling and Student Affairs in Higher Education at CU-Colorado Springs, she moved to Boulder and began her current position as an academic advisor with the Division of Continuing Education at CU-Boulder.

Dahlia Smith, University of Colorado Boulder
Dalia, LCSW, is the Career Advisor at Continuing Education and Professional Studies at the University of Colorado boulder. She has been counseling job seekers, non-traditional and traditional students, and career changers for over 17 years. Following her master's degree in Social Work, she began providing career counseling to clients and creating career development workshops and programs in the workforce training sector, later transitioning to higher education in 2003.