SCF to Launch Encore Initiative for Baby Boomers

(Bradenton, Fla., May 24, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has joined the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services while helping them complete certificates or degrees.

The SCF Foundation Inc. received a $15,000 grant to be applied over three years for SCF's Manatee-Sarasota Encore Initiative, which assists adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations. SCF offers career opportunities in education and health professions such as dental hygiene, nursing, and radiography.

SCF's Manatee-Sarasota Encore Initiative includes two tracks: the educational path to help baby boomers achieve their dream of a college education or the career path for retired baby boomers who want to re-enter the workforce in another field.

SCF will reintroduce mature learners to the educational environment by helping them choose a new career, learn study strategies and update their technology skills to prepare for college life and begin training in SCF's existing workforce programs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the percentage of adults over age 55 in the workforce will grow to 25 percent in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. SCF will continue its tradition of providing quality and affordable training in critical need areas through SCF's Manatee-Sarasota Encore Initiative, which will meet the needs of adults age 50 and over who are returning to college to retool or change careers.

For more information, contact SCF's noncredit Corporate and Community Development division at SCF Bradenton at 941-752-5203; SCF Lakewood Ranch at 941-363-7199; or SCF Venice at 941-408-1412.

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