Adult Learner Week 2021

Adult Learner Week 2021

Adult Learner & Veteran Services (ALVS) supports the increased academic achievement and holistic development for all adult learners, resulting in graduation from Colorado State University (CSU) and sustainable personal and professional success. We do this through engagement and leadership opportunities, community building, and resource facilitation. To celebrate the many adult learners on CSU’s campus, the ALVS is hosting Adult Learner Week. This will be a week used to showcase the many resources available to adult learners on CSU’s campus and to continue fostering community through fun events and virtual sessions.

Schedule of Events
Week of March 15-19, 2021


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST

Adult Learner Panel

Join the ALVS and our panel of adult learners as we gain insight into the complexities of being a nontraditional student pursuing a degree at CSU.

CSU IG Takeover with Chelsey Beardsley

Chelsey is a non-traditional transfer student originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She is majoring in Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) and minoring in Construction Management and Design Thinking. Chelsey chose Colorado State University initially for its very strong and competitive IAD program and because Colorado was the second-best place to be outside of her home state.
“What I did not know when I came to CSU was how the university embraces and supports their non-traditional students. Immediately upon my arrival to campus, I was introduced to a vast network of other adult learners and faculty that understood the value non-traditional students bring to the table campus-wide. Because I was instantly connected to a supportive and engaged community, I have been able to fully excel in my degree here at CSU and have taken on many roles in student organizations and other positions throughout campus including: CSU’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), CSU Student Veteran’s Organization and a Student Voting Member of the Rocky Mountain Student Media Board. Being part of the ALVS and being at a school that supports and celebrates their non-traditional students has been instrumental to my success here at CSU and the career I hope to have outside of college.”
Follow Chelsey’s Story here! 
4:00-500 PM MST ALVS & RamEvents Scavenger Hunt

RamEvents and ALVS present our first virtual scavenger hunt. ALL are welcome. This event will be approximately 50 min long and will consist of students looking for items at home from toothbrushes to a dish plate at home. Students will be given points and can win prizes! We will send more information further about the rules about this event. For questions or accommodations email

Register Here!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST Financial Aid for Adult Learners

Is your FAFSA not reflective of your current situation? Often adult learners have a substantial change in income when returning to school, and we want you to know that we are here to support you in navigating your new financial circumstances. Join ALVS Financial Aid Liaison, Heidi Stuckert, to learn about professional judgment appeals, residency, and other helpful financial aid information!

Register Here!
2:30 – 3:30 PM MST Transferable Skills & Resume Workshop

Join the ALVS & the Career Center in a workshop centered around maximizing your previous experience in the job/internship search!

Register here! 
4:00 – 6:00 PM MST Employer Connections Hosted by CSU’s Career Center

Many adult learners share a similar reason for coming to college — a career change. Join the ALVS and the Career Center for an evening of engaging and meaningful connection with employers and come practice your networking skills! The first half of the event will consist of a panel where attendees will be able to ask questions to current employers and the latter half of the evening will consist of small group conversations to practice networking with the employers and other adult learners in attendance.

Register here! 
4:00 – 7:00 PM MST Check out the Rams Against Hunger Food Pantry

All members of our community (students, staff and faculty) may access the RAH Food Pantry through the lobby of the Lory Student Centre Theatre. Please bring your CSU ID card.

Learn more about Rams Against Hunger Here.
12:00 – 1:00 PM MST Preparing for Retirement as an Adult Learner hosted by CANVAS Credit Union

Join Canvas Credit Union as we focus on overcoming the perceived hurdles to investing, making the investing process as straightforward as possible, and exploring how to get started saving for retirement even with smaller amounts.

Register here! 

Adult Learner Resources

Connect with an ALVS Peer Advisor by filling out this form. Peer Advisors are here to help answer questions, direct students to resources and build a strong community of adult learners.

Schedule a meeting with someone on our ALVS staff. Request an in-person meeting, a virtual video meeting, or a meeting by phone by filling out this form.

Request a free ALVS tutor by filling out this form. Tutors available for most lower-division science and math classes. However, if we don’t currently have a tutor for your particular class, we will work on finding one for you.

Sarah Sykora

Sarah Sykora Pronouns: She/They Hi! My name is Sarah and my pronouns are she/they. I am studying economics with a minor in philosophy, and my long-term goal is to teach high school! Before I came to CSU, I was working different jobs and doing various service programs with AmeriCorps, which is actually what brought me [...]

Jessica Roig

Jessica (Jessie) Roig Pronouns: She/Her(s) Hi all! My name is Jessica Roig, but I go by Jessie. My pronouns are she/her(s) and I’m studying Political Science with a concentration in US Government, Law, and Policy. I’m planning to continue onto law school after I complete my undergraduate education in hopes of becoming a civil rights [...]

Ryan Kropp

Ryan Kropp Pronouns: He/Him/His Hey folks, my name is Ryan and I am a senior studying social work. I am originally from Florida and spent six years serving in the Air Force before coming to CSU. I am currently the president of the Student Veteran Organization and Recruitment & Retention Officer for ASCSU (Associated Students [...]