• Throughout the country, colleges are creating programs that help boomers transition into encore careers. The profiles below showcase colleges that are training people over 50 for jobs in education, health care, social services and the environment. But they are just a sample of the programs out there that are helping people to move into careers that make a difference.

    All of the colleges described below are a part of the Encore College Initiative. Over a four-year span, 40 community colleges involved in this initiative created pathways to encore careers in education, health care, social services and the environment.

    Are you interested in creating a program at your college to help boomers train for encore careers? Click here to learn more about starting an encore program.

    Baltimore City Community College
    Supporting Women in Transition

    Broward College
    Exploring New Career Directions
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    Central Piedmont Community College
    Moving from Success to Significance
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Coastline Community College
    Preparing for Careers in Elder Care
    Fountain Valley, California

    Collin College
    Turning Out High School Math Teachers
    Allen, Texas

    GateWay Community College
    Meeting the Need for More Caregivers
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Greenville Technical College
    Helping Nurses with Lapsed Licenses Head Back to Work
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Harold Washington College
    Creating Pathways to Careers as Community College Instructors

    LaGuardia Community College
    Preparing Community Health Workers
    Long Island, New York

    Macomb Community College
    Preparing Eldercare Specialists and Nursing Assistants
    Warren, Michigan

    Morgan Community College
    Preparing Boomers for Careers in Allied Health
    Ft. Morgan, Colorado

    Oklahoma State University
    Preparing Developmental Studies Instructors
    Oklahoma City

    Owensboro Community and Technical College
    Helping to Solve the Nursing Shortage
    Owensboro, Kentucky

    Polk State College
    Creating Pathways to K-12 Teaching
    Winter Haven, Florida

    Portland Community College
    Peer Mentoring– By Boomers, for Boomers
    Portland, Oregon

    Prince George’s Community College
    Helping People Over 50 Plan Their Encore Careers
    Largo, Maryland

    Virginia Community College System
    Putting Teacher Training on a Fast Track
    Virginia – statewide

    Washtenaw Community College
    Getting the Downsized Ready to Go
    Ypsilanti, Michigan

    See additional profiles of community colleges that are training people over 50 for the workforce – some in encore careers – at the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative

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