As the local and national economies continue to fluctuate, students of every demographic are looking to community colleges as a vehicle for change – whether that change be geared toward educational attainment, job pathways or marketable skills.
At NVCC, these goals are more convenient than ever for change-seekers aged 50 and over.
For one, students in this age bracket who are thinking about earning a degree or certificate won’t be starting at square one. Under the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, adult students can gain credits for past education and work experience.
Also, when students inquire at the College and mention the Plus 50 program, they will be referred to a designated staff member to help guide them through the enrollment process.
NVCC is offering Plus 50 Encore classes this fall. The College is hosting two information sessions dedicated to Plus 50 adults who are interested in more information on Mon., Aug. 4 at 5 pm, and Mon., Aug. 11 at 11:30 am. Both events will be held in the Technology Hall Dining Room at NVCC.
What is the Plus 50 Program?
The Plus 50 program is a national effort to train older adults for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. Sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the initiative will assist experienced workers in preparing for new careers by updating their skills and training for new jobs quickly and affordably.
The program will serve the community’s increasing number of older adults, as well as the approximately 300 NVCC students aged 50 and over that comprised the student population this year.
AACC Plus 50 Initiative Director Mary Sue Vickers said the community college environment is best for older adults looking to gain more skills for a different job. A recent study showed that 89% of Plus 50 students agreed their training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent landed a job through their schooling.
“Many adults age 50 and older want to train for new jobs that help others and are hiring, but they need to update their skills,” said Vickers. “Community colleges offer a supportive environment where baby boomers can train for new jobs quickly and affordably, while completing a marketable degree or certificate.”