Corporate and Community Development

Encore 50+

Encore 50 Information Session
The Plus 50 Initiative is a project to benchmark and showcase the most current and innovative programs at community colleges that engage learners age 50 and over. Organized by the American Association of Community Colleges, the Plus 50 Initiative invests in community colleges to create or expand campus programs that engage the plus 50 student population, with a focus on workforce training and preparing for new careers.
Plus 50 Learners
Going Back to Give Back
Plus 50 Workers
Transforming the Workplace

Our nation faces a demographic revolution as 78 million baby boomers enter their retirement years. Most of them can expect to spend nearly three decades in retirement. But they don't want to slow down: They want to contribute to their communities through rewarding careers in heath care, education, and social services.

Community colleges are the perfect place for plus 50 learners to sharpen their skills, expand their knowledge, and launch these encore careers. Almost two-thirds of baby boomers with they were better prepared for retirement and many are interested in earning credentials to stay competitive in the workforce. Community colleges are in a unique position to serve this population.

The U.S. workforce is aging: Four out of five people over age 50 plan to work in retirement mainly part time, either for money or enjoyment. Others plan to start a business, work for themselves, or switch to another full-time job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the percentage of adults older than 55 in the workforce will grow to 25% by 2020, up from 13% in 2000. While the Plus 50 Initiative helps community colleges adapt to the needs of plus 50 learners, it also works with colleges to help employers tap into this growing employee pool and develop programs that train the plus 50 workers for expanding business sectors.

Why is SCF launching the Plus 50 program?

To provide an educational arena for individuals 50 years and older who want to continue their education to earn a degree, to upgrade workplace skills or complete short-term training to get back into the workforce after retirement. The Plus 50 program provides educational opportunity to individuals 50 years of age and older to enhance their learn skills to be successful in the classroom or at work.

For further information, contact the Corporate & Community Development office at 941-752-5203.

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