Re-Engaging Adult Learners: Mississippi’s Complete to Compete Campaign
July 16, 2019
2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board have partnered together to identify non-completers, categorize target groups, launch a website and comprehensive marketing plan, implement adult learner services, and re-engage adult students to help them complete their degrees through a state-wide initiative called “Complete 2 Compete.” This program is a partnership between the eight public universities, 15 community colleges, and one medical center in MS. This webinar will highlight the implementation and development of the program, as well as barriers identified, policy development, tracking and monitoring, and a system-wide policy for adult degree completion programs for the eight Mississippi public universities. Presenters will include a brief overview of data collection, grant funding sources, adult learner grants, best practices, and lessons learned.
Stephanie Bullock, Project Coordinator for Complete 2 Compete for the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi, executes the state-wide initiative, Complete 2 Compete, and is charged with increasing education attainment, employment, and subsequent wage gains in Mississippi. She has a total of 16 years of professional & sales and management experience; both in retail and higher education. Stephanie has served in higher education as an Undergraduate Recruiter, Re-Admissions Administrator, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Southern Mississippi & Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Mississippi University for Women. She has been featured as a Primary Presenter at national conferences such as Higher Education User Group, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning, SHEEO Higher Education Policy, and will present in February at the League for Innovation in the Community College. She has also served on National Advisory Committees. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently working on her Masters of Workforce Education Leadership at Mississippi State University.
Casey Prestwood, Assistant Commissioner for Policy & Strategic Initiatives for the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi, works closely with K-12, community college, university, and industry partners to support a seamless kindergarten through college to workforce educational system. Prestwood has served as the Associate Registrar and Director for Teacher Education Accreditation, specializing in student records, program implementations, assessment, and accreditation, at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Prestwood received an associate’s degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, a master’s degree in human nutrition, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Pearl River Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi.