A national program to help students age 50 and older returning to college train for new jobs has reached its goals two years ahead of schedule and is revving up to help more people.
Nearly 9,300 student baby boomers were assisted in the last two years by the 18 colleges participating in the Plus 50 Completion Strategy, organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Forty-six percent of those students—4,243 of them—completed degrees or certificates over the last two years.
“We are delighted to see the colleges assisting so many adults age 50 and over who are going back to college to re-train for new jobs and re-invent their careers,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director of the program at AACC.
Vickers and the college staff are planning to assist even more people over the next two years. The four-year program is funded by Lumina Foundation.
Regarding the program’s success, evaluators cite several factors in a new report. The colleges involved in the program nearly doubled the number of workforce training courses available for baby boomers in the second year of the project. Baby boomers took courses in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education, health information technology, human services, mechanics technology, computer support, nursing, pharmacy and phlebotomy. (Read more.)