You’re Never Too Old: An Overview of the Latest Ideas in Adult Learning​

2:10 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 5

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 5

Note: This is a continuous session. 

A look at the unique, persistent barriers experienced by adult learners and how they can be overcome to increase enrollment, reenrollment and attainment.

Alejandra Amaya, a native of Colombia, has been at El Barrio since 2012. With a background in workforce, her career expands over several industries including Financial Services, Healthcare and Social Services. During her tenure at El Barrio, Alejandra has worked on all areas of Workforce programming, most recently as the Recruitment and Intake Manager.

Her dedication and tenacity have been instrumental in the implementation of new enrollment processes providing job seekers more timely access to virtual programming. Her background in process design and quality improvement have contributed to one of the highest quality ratings on external audits in the program. Alejandra’s relationship building skills have strengthened long-term relationships with Cuyahoga Job and Family Services, one of the primary program funders.

Alejandra earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Cleveland State University and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

Amy Dutton is a Talent Strategy Manager at JobsOhio, a uniquely structured private economic development corporation that gives Ohio a competitive advantage in driving job creation and new capital investment in the state. As part of the JobsOhio Talent team, Amy works to build Ohio’s pipeline of skilled talent through strategies for recruiting, upskilling incumbent workers, and reskilling workers for the jobs of the future.  

Since joining JobsOhio in July of 2019, Amy has played a key role in the deployment of Ohio To Work, a JobsOhio funded initiative created in direct response to the pandemic. Ohio To Work brings together existing organizations at the regional level to connect job seekers to long-term career opportunities with Ohio’s employers. Prior to JobsOhio, Amy spent ten years in workforce development in Austin, Texas focused on creating economic self-sufficiency for adults facing barriers to employment.

Barbara L. Henry, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Nontraditional and Military Student Services at Bowling Green State University. She represents BGSU on several Ohio Department of Higher Education Initiatives including the Ohio Values Veterans Implementation Team, PLA with a Purpose, and the Finish for your Future initiative focusing on strategies to increase access to higher education opportunities for Ohio adults with some college but no credential. Barbara’s areas of expertise include nontraditional and military student success and transfer best practices. Barbara has held various administrative positions in higher education during her 25-year career. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, as well as a Master’s in History from Bowling Green State University.

Dean Scheiderer is an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Career-Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education. He started at the Department in 2013 in the Office for Exceptional Children. Dean has 24 years of experience in education. He has had the opportunity to teach students of all ages and in non-traditional school settings. As result of his experiences, Dean brings a unique perspective to adult education which allows him to understand the extent that education and training impacts the lives of adult learners. Dean received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Ohio Dominican University and master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton. In his leisure time, Dean spends time with his wife Gina and their dog Ginger enjoying equine outings and activities involving their horse, Beau. 

Chris Spradlin currently serves as the Executive Vice-President and Provost at Edison State Community College in Piqua, Ohio, having begun his duties there in July of 2016.  His projects at Edison State have included an implementation of the Guided Pathways model, the development of new programs such as Aviation and Veterinary Technician, and the opening of new campuses in Troy and Eaton, Ohio.  Chris is a member of the Grow Piqua Now Board and serves as a representative for Edison State to the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.  His work at the college has also produced several new initiatives in enrollment management, advising, accreditation, and institutional research.  From a national perspective, Chris is currently serving on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Structured Pathways.

Prior to joining Edison State, Chris held Vice-President and Dean roles at community colleges in Michigan and Ohio, working on many projects in developmental education, assessment of student learning, and distance education.  His career in higher education began at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he served as an adjunct and then full-time faculty member and chair for eight years.

Chris holds the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees and is currently a doctoral degree candidate.