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LCC Joins National Program to Train Baby Boomers for New Jobs

LANSING 9/6/12 –  Lansing Community College (LCC) was recently chosen to join a national program designed to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education, and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

LCC will be part of the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a three-year initiative that assists adults age 50 and older in completing degrees or certificates that will help them secure jobs in high-demand health care, education and social services occupations.

"For the past five years or so, adults age 50 and older have struggled in a job market plagued by record unemployment, especially here in Michigan," said Dr. Jean Morciglio, Dean of Extended Learning and Professional Studies.  "Many find they must re-invent their careers and update their skills if they are going to continue to work. "

She continued, "At LCC, we’ve focused on the 50 plus population for some time and working with our partners in the community, have helped scores of older workers find meaningful new directions in their lives. Being part of the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program will boost our efforts and help us reach out to more baby boomers."

Morciglio said the 50 plus population has unique needs.  For example, some older adults need quick retraining to get back into the job market and tailored career counseling to help them land jobs with employers who value older workers.

In addition to $15,000 in Plus 50 grant funds, LCC will gain access to thousands of dollars in marketing materials such as toolkits and training webinars that will make the work of reaching out to students age 50 and over easier. The college will also benefit from the advice and support of staff at other community colleges that have successfully implemented the Plus 50 program.

LCC began providing specialized help to older workers in 2001 when the college initiated a partnership with Capital Area Michigan Works! to operate a College One-Stop program within the CAMW! Service Center for adults seeking to gain the skills needed to find sustainable employment.  In 2010, the program expanded to become the Center for Workforce Transition, offering more targeted career advising, educational and job search assistance. Since then, LCC has expanded its course offerings to the plus 50 market through intensive workshops and ongoing seminars.

The other colleges selected to participate in the Plus 50 program are: Araphaoe Community College (Littleton, Colo.), Black River Technical College (Pocahontas, Ark.), Broome Community College (Binghamton, N.Y.), John Wood Community College (Quincy, Ill.), Owens State Community College (Perrysburg, Ohio), Pitt Community College (Winterville, N.C.), San Jacinto Community College District (Pasadena, Texas), Southside Virginia Community College (Alberta, Va.), Waubonsee Community College (Aurora, Ill.) and West Virginia University at Parkersburg (W. Va.).

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