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Dear partners and innovators, 

Adult learners are the future.

That's what Glenn DuBois, retiring chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, just wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this week: The future I see for Virginia's Community Colleges.

The Lab agrees — but we consider adult learners among the new majority learners. Based on today’s enrollment numbers, and certainly population trends, the once-thought “nontraditional” students are the new majority of learners today. College was never designed for students of color, those who are likely older, working while in school, or supporting a family, those who might be under-resourced, or have time commitments related to work or childcare that prevent a traditional route to college. 

If you want to understand the challenges adults face in enrolling in higher education — and how institutions can reorient themselves around their needs — then you may be interested in a webinar happening TODAY.

Lab Founder + CEO Kathleen deLaski will join the panel:

Regaining Learners’ Trust: Strategies for Adult Student Re-Enrollment
🗓️ Thursday, May 19, noon EST

The webinar, co-hosted by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the Presidents Forum, is the first in the Presidents Forum’s Advancing Adult Learner Success convening series. 


Register for the free webinar
BRIDGES Rural in New York
Cheers from New York, where the BRIDGES Rural team visited Finger Lakes Community College last week. Project leader Leslie Daugherty (pictured) joined the team on a tour of the Viticulture and Wine Center, which is in the heart of New York's wine-growing region. FLCC offers a 2-year A.A.S. in viticulture and wine technology, and viticulture certificate programs.
We also learned how virtual reality is bringing hands-on training to remote and rural areas in the Finger Lakes. Miriam Swords Kalk (left) explored robotics and Maureen Isimbi took a tour of the manufacturing lab. As part of the BRIDGES Rural project, Finger Lakes Community College is piloting a micro-pathway in advanced manufacturing. Read more about the FLCC pilot — and innovations happening at other rural community colleges across the country — in BRIDGES Rural Design Insights Part 2: Designing + Piloting a New Approach to Economic Agility in Rural Communities .
Our team rounded out the trip with a few "garbage plates" at Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester. Pictured from left: Don  Fraser, Jr.; Maureen Isimbi; Leslie Daugherty; and Miriam Swords Kalk. 

Where BRIDGES Rural is going next

1.  April 20-22: College of Eastern Idaho, Driggs and Idaho Falls, ID
2.  April 24-27: Rural College Access and Success Summit, Scottsdale, AZ #RCASS2022
3.  May 3-5: Washington State Community College and Zane State Community College in Cambridge, Marietta, and Zanesville, OH
4.  May 12-13: Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
5.  May 24-25: Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor and Katahdin region, ME
6.  June 7-8: Horizons Jobs for the Future (JFF) national summit, New Orleans, LA

Be sure to follow our spring tour with @BRIDGESRural on Twitter. We use #LabOnTheGo to share photos on the road. 

Last chance to vote for the Lab!
There are so many cool ed tech finalists in IMS Global's annual Learning Impact Awards competition. ... and we would ❤️ if you voted for the Lab's XCredit project with Muzzy Lane.  Look for XCredit under the "Digital Credentials" category. Voting ends at noon EST Thursday, May 19. 
Vote now
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