Stark State College is excited to host the 2013 OATYC Conference on October 11, 2013. The conference theme, "Navigating the Pathways to Student Success" highlights the contributions which increase student retention and motivation in our community colleges. From advising to teaching, how do we empower students to achieve their goals?
The keynote speaker for the event is Karla M. Krodel, M.B.A. Karla is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Youngstown State University (YSU), teaching Investigations into Economic Class in America to first-generation, low-income college students. She was an early adopter of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World for college students and continues to apply Bridges Out of Poverty concepts in the development of model learning communities for under-resourced college students. She coauthored Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students in 2009 with Bethanie Tucker and Karen Becker. In 2010 Philip DeVol and Karla Krodel co-authored the student textbook Investigations into Economic Class in America and the associated volume of facilitator notes. This curriculum was expressly designed to transform the educational experience of first-generation, low-income college students. Investigations received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Curriculum—Adult Life Skills category and was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Golden Lamp Award and as a finalist for the 2011 Innovation Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, leading to an invitation to showcase the work at a Capitol Hill briefing. Poverty and related issues have been a constant force in Krodel's career. Previously Ms. Krodel supervised inpatient psychiatric units, coordinated county health department clinics, and directed a regional lead poisoning prevention program. She joined the YSU staff 15 years ago as a grant writer and served as a workforce development program director and senior research associate in the Center for Urban and Regional Studies. In her current position as director of the YSU Department of Education Outreach, she creates partnerships that bring college programs to under-served populations. Ms. Krodel holds an undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master's degree from Kent State University.
Karla M. Krodel presents Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students (Part I and Part II) and Investigations into Economic Class in America; Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students and Investigations into Economic Class in America Trainer Certification.
Karla M. Krodel co-authored Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students and Investigations into Economic Class in America.