The AACC Center on Aging received a $5,000 grant this spring to share with other Maryland colleges information about replicating its new program for adults over the age of 50 who wish to return to college or seek retraining for careers in areas such as health professions.
The center established “The Allied Health Pathway for Encore Careers” program last fall with a $25,000 grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust through Civic Ventures -- a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. The funds supported a national Encore Career initiative to help adults retrain for careers as part-time college faculty, community health workers, pharmacist technicians and more. The $5,000 replication grant is funded by the MetLife Foundation through Civic Ventures.
As part of its grant activity, AACC shared its program with educators attending the May 6 Maryland Association of Community Colleges Continuing Education and Training statewide conference. The program consists of two free, two-hour online courses that introduce available careers, ways to enter them and strategies for older adults returning to college. Participants then meet with a college transition coordinator, who provides individual counseling to help them select the training that best meets their personal and professional goals. An Encore Career assistant follows up with participants during their training to direct them to additional support services as needed. To date, the program has served 125 adults.
As part of the $5,000 grant, AACC also agreed to become the lead college in establishing an online resource sharing program, LifeStages Central, and in providing consultation to colleges interested in expanding or establishing Encore programs. For information, contact the center at 410-777-2941 or email center director Terry Portis, Ed.D., at email@example.com. For information on Civic Ventures, visit www.encore.org.