Adult Learner Registration

Adult Learner* – Free* Adult learner encompasses alumni of adult ed programs (up to 5 years from graduation) and current students receiving services as follows:  High School equivalency, ESL, digital skills, and workforce readiness skills delivered by a COABE affiliated local program. 

Adult Learner Summit 2024

Discover an exciting day of connection, inspiration, and peer-led insights at COABE’s Adult Learner Summit. This event is designed for adult learners like you, by fellow adult learners.

Participate in meaningful networking opportunities, gain valuable perspectives from engaging sessions, and hear firsthand success stories from those who’ve navigated the same path.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity  to enrich  your learning journey. Mark your calendar and be a part of this transformative experience! #AdultLearnerSummit #EmpowerYourJourney

Why Should You Attend?

  • Sessions for adult learners, by adult learners
  • Meet other adult learners from across the country

Hear from an adult learner who attended the conference in 2023

My name is Gina. I am an adult learner attending Lehman College in New York. I recently received my High School Equivalency Diploma this year. I am looking forward to starting the fall semester of 2023 as an undergraduate student.

My experience presenting in the conference was empowering. I felt welcomed and supported, my confidence has amplified. I felt the sense of Community working together to build one another, striving for opportunities and improvement.

Sunday, March 17, 2024
07:00pm – 08:00pm CT Learner Meet-Up & Networking
Monday, March 18, 2024
7:45am – 9:10am CT
*Breakfast provided*

Navigating COABE 2024: Your Ultimate Guide to the National Conference

Adult learners, join us for an orientation session that will give you the knowledge and tools needed to have a great conference experience. This session will help you make the most of your time and leave with new knowledge and connections. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick-start your conference experience!

9:30am – 10:50am CT

General Session – Keynote

Want to see adult learner keynotes from past years? Click below to watch!

Ana Chavarin (2022)

Jonathan Swinsburg (2023)

10:50am – 11:50am CT Exhibits Grand Opening/Snack Break
11:50am – 1:00pm CT

Pathways to Success: Navigating the Transition from Adult Education to College

Explore the exciting journey from adult education to college in this session! As an adult learner, you bring a unique perspective into the college experience. Discover the steps, resources, and advice that have eased the transition for other adult learners and helped them to get the most of their college experience. Join us to turn your dreams into reality.

1:00pm – 2:00pm CT
*Lunch is provided*
Lunch and Networking
2:00pm – 3:10pm CT

Empowering Your Journey: Advice for Adult Learners on Transitioning to Successful Careers

Get ready to launch your career journey! Join this session designed just for students like you. Gain valuable advice on how to transition from adult education to a successful career. It’s your chance to empower your future.

3:10pm – 3:50pm CT Exhibits/Snack Break
3:50pm – 5:00pm CT

Juggling Priorities: Balancing Life and Learning in Adult Education

Come learn how to balance your life while being a great adult education student. Get helpful tips and advice from experienced students and mentors who’ve done it. Don’t miss this chance to improve your skills for school and life.

5:00pm – 5:30pm CT Conference Debrief & Feedback
5:30pm – 6:30pm CT

Students as Leaders Networking Event

Adult learners, teachers, and anyone interested in student leadership, we hope that you will save the date and plan to join us for this event which will include live entertainment, a special drop in by adult learner and Tik Tok influencer, Oliver James, and the opportunity to meet adult learners from across the country, learn about student initiatives at COABE, and connect with others who believe in the power of adult education.