IHCC Adult Learners in classroom
Adult Learner Institute

Wednesday, June 13th from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 14th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration Now Closed

We are excited to offer 2 full days of unique presentations!

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Contact Information


Inver Hills

College Center 2nd Floor


DCTC 2-141

Adult Learner Institute

Adult learners are an important part of every college's student population, and more adults will be coming to college to get started, finish their degrees, change careers and more. Adults have different needs and expectations than “traditional” students who are enrolling right after high school. Come learn from experts and each other on how to best serve adult learners using best practices.

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We are excited to offer 2 full days of unique presentations!

  • Appreciative Advising
  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) including CBE/CBA
  • Developing Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs)
  • Supporting Veterans
  • Connecting with Adults in the Classroom and Online
  • Recruiting and Marketing to Adult Students

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer L. Bloom, Ed.D.

Jenny Bloom

Jenny Bloom joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University in August 2015 as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Master's Degree Program. She previously served as a Clinical Professor and Director of the Master's degree program in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina (USC) from August 2007 to August 2015. Prior to USC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.

Dr. Bloom is a co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements. She established the annual Appreciative Advising Summer Institute, the Appreciative Education Conference, an on-line Appreciative Advising course, the process for Certifying Appreciative Advisers, and other exciting initiatives related to Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education.

Dr. Bloom served as the 2007-08 President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She was named the 2015 FAU Graduate Academic Advisor of the Year by the FAU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the 2016 Advisor of the Year by FAU's Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Chapter. She received the NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator Award in 2005 and University of Illinois' Campus Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2007. In 2008, she received the University of South Carolina's Black Graduate Student Association's Faculty Mentor Award. In 2011, she was named the Faculty Partner of the Year by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Bloom has co-authored 6 books, 4 book chapters, and 26 articles. She co-founded and serves as a section editor for the Journal of Appreciative Education (JAE). Dr. Bloom has delivered 30 webinars and 350+ presentations on her work at institutions and conferences across the globe.

Pre-order Jenny Bloom's books for pick-up at the event! She will be available to sign! Deadline June 6th.

Pre-Order Book by June 6th

Kickoff Speaker: Marsha Danielson

Marsha Danielson

As Vice President of Economic Development at South Central College (SCC) Marsha serves as an external connection to the College for business & industry, organizations, other Colleges and Universities, local, state, national and international government and non-governmental partners. Helping The VPOSP is an integral part of SCC's leadership team, helping to fulfill SCC's vision, mission, and goals, Marsha is charged with developing supportive broad-based, multi-sector, bi-partisan networks and partnerships in support of SCC.

Prior to joining SCC, Danielson worked in University Advancement for Minnesota State University, Mankato for 12 years. In addition, Marsha served as the first Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

She currently serves in volunteer leadership roles for the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3); National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers; National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Institute; Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership; Minnesota PIPELINE and the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence | ATE Regional Center.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Masters Degree in Education Administration, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Colleges committed to developing programming specific to adult learner needs and colleges who seek to improve and expand their programming.

  • Faculty
  • Student Services: Veteran's Services, Career Services, Counselors, Advisors, Admissions, Learning Center, Financial Aid, Student Life, TRIO, Registrars
  • Instructional Technologists/Designers
  • Administrators
  • Community and Workforce partners

Dates and Campus Locations

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DCTCLocations & Maps

Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Inver Hills.   Campus Locations and Tours & Maps.


Parking is available on campus for students, staff members and visitors. You do not need a special permit. You may park in any parking space not marked as reserved.

Hotel Accommodations

AmericInn Inver Grove Heights, $97.00 before tax under The Adult Learner Institute 800-634-3444 or 651-450-7511.

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