Career Development and Economic Security for Older Workers in 2011 and Beyond


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AARP Foundation Inaugural Workforce Roundtable, Washington DC, February 16, 2011.

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  • There are three focus areas in the Plus 50 Learning or personal enrichment. Taking classes you always wanted to take. Training and Re-training . An area on the rise in this economic downturn with home values decreasing, 401Ks tanking and 26 year record high unemployment rates. And, volunteering---matching plus-50 students to value added volunteer opportunities that contribute to their communities.
  • Especially in light of labor force projections--While the labor force will grow by 8% between 2008 and 2018, when you look at this growth by age group, very different trends appears. The older age groups, 55-64 and 65 and older, are increasing their participation rates. This can be seen at the bottom of the chart; while the top of the chart shows declines in the number of younger labor force participants in all age categories but the 25-34 year olds. And, the number of people in the labor force aged 65 and older is expected to grow about 10 times faster than the total labor force.
  • In addition, Although 43 % of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 in the United States have completed no education beyond high school, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the primary source of employees in the US for the next 20 to 30 years, will be current workers.According to a 2007 Aspen Institute study, current workers will serve as the source of 65% of the 2020 U.S. workforce and 43% of the 2030 U.S. workforce. If current trends continue, approximately 65% of the 2020 workforce will have a high school degree, but no postsecondary degree or certificate.In contrast, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 30% of fastest-growing occupations will be filled by people who have a postsecondary educational or training credential.
  • The challenge is to prepare enough people to fill the new jobs that require postsecondary education. This will require skill updating and re-training for the current workforce, including baby boomers.And it’s a fact that Adult workers with no credentials do not make as much money. So, just as American business and industry need workers with higher skills,--- workers need higher skills to get ahead. So, the convergence of employer and worker needs for higher skills presents an opportunity.
  • So the growth of the labor force is in the older age groups. And, the source of the future labor force is the current labor force…Making the case for the need to training and retraining for the workforce to remain competitive, particular for older workers. And as I indicated the demand for workforce training course was evident in the Plus 50 Initiative. While enrollments in all courses associated with the Plus 50 program more than doubled, increasing by over 15,000 students, from baseline before Plus 50 began to the end of year two of the Initiative, this graph shows the number of students enrolled in workforce training courses. Credit courses (the solid green line) rose from 455 to 2,505 across the Plus 50 colleges, and the number enrolled in workforce training non-credit courses (the dotted line) rose from 367 to 3,974. 1,093 more workforce training courses for plus 50 students were offered during the Initiative, an indication of the growing demand for workforce training and retraining by plus 50 students, particularly in light of the economic downturn with high unemployment and losses in home values and the value of retirement accounts.
  • And this graph shows what Plus 50 students said about those plus 50 workforce training programs.The change in colors from left to right represent completely disagree, mostly disagree, mostly agree and on the far right, completing agree.Plus 50 students said plus 50 workforce training programs helped them to… Acquire new job skills Improve my job skills Work toward obtaining a license or certificate Land a job73 percent of plus 50 students agree that their workforce training program helped them to get hired into a job.In addition to workforce training and retraining provided and the customer satisfaction with that training, we identified the key drivers for successful community college programming for plus students. We call them standards of excellence to help other community colleges implement successful programs
  • And where are we going next…Building upon the Plus 50 Initiative, we are moving to the next logical phase—Plus 50 Completion. The program will provide training and retraining in high demand, high growth occupations resulting a degree, certificates or not-for credit credential. Having the credential will enhance the competitiveness of the plus 50 student. The emphasis will be on plus 50 adults who have some college credit but did not finish. So they can complete more quickly.But we want to now hear for Kelly Lapetino about her program.
  • Community colleges have long offered continuing education and job training programs. Many unemployed plus 50 workers are reaching out to their local community colleges to expand their skill sets and reinvent themselves for new careers. To help address the critical needs JJC was selected to participate in the Plus 50 Initiative.The Plus 50 Initiative is conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to benchmark and showcase the most current and innovative programs at community colleges to engage the 50+ learner. Through the AACC Plus 50 Initiative JJC created the nation’s first Plus 50 Workforce Center. The Plus 50 Workforce Center was established to create and expand campus programs to engage the 50+ population in learning; training or re-training programs; and volunteer activities. This is part of a three-year grant program in learning teams.In year two, JJC and Moraine Valley Community College partnered together with JJC serving as a mentor college under the Plus 50 Initiative.Going into our third year, we have also expanded to serve as a Peer-to-Peer Ambassador to Kishwaukee College, Parkland College, and Southwestern Illinois College.
  • Customized computer course for individuals age 50 and better seeking additional computer skills for employment. 32% have taken a computer course to increase skills54% of program participants have matriculated into JJC credit classesWe also offered a Social Networking class to teach students how to use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn.
  • As a result of the economic downturn, the number of students between the ages of 40 and 55 enrolled at JJC has increased by 6.7%To assist mature workers in improving their skills, Individuals 50+ within the JJC district are eligible for a one time $100 tuition voucher. In addition, through support from the JJC Foundation, individuals who complete 10 hours of volunteer service receive a 3 college credit tuition waiver. Retirement Planning Course -A growing proportion of older adults do not have the option of retiring from work. Instead, many continue working for economic reasons. -Learn how to avoid the ten biggest retirement planning mistakes by attending JJC’s Retirement Planning classes!Lifelong Learning -1124 enrollments are 50+ for LLC classes -The Seniors in Motion group are hosting the Senior Expo here at the college on March 17th.
  • The Plus 50 Workforce Center is located at our City Center Campus. Free career workshops, advising, and assessments are offered on a weekly basis and are customized to the mature worker.54% of individuals who have attended a free career workshop, assessment, or advising have moved on to take a college credit classWith the Job Market statistics, it is important to help job seekers over the age of 50 update their resumes, improve interviewing techniques, learn how to job search using the internet, and develop their networking abilities.Along with these workshops, we also provide a Support Group Session. The counseling department provides a trained counselor to proctor this session. We find that job seekers that are over the age of 50 have a difficult time coping with their job loss. Providing this type of session allows the participants to learn how to cope with these feelings, begin to heal, and learn how to put things in perspective.New to our program is an opportunity for job seekers to participate in mock interviews. After the interview the Interview Specialist will provide constructive criticism and feedback to improve interviewing techniques.In partnership with Workforce Services of Will County we also host an annual job fair. Last year, 50 employers attended, looking to hire mature workers. Over the last year and a half we have provided programs and services to over 550 +50 individuals in our community!
  • Enrollment continues to soar at community colleges, with baby boomers seeking to train for new careers, upgrading their skills, or trying to “recession-proof” their resumes.Community colleges can offer:Short-term training for new careers for laid off workers.Courses to update technology and office skills.Resume tune-ups, internships, and job interview practice.and in some cases free tuition waivers for unemployed workers.JJC has responded to labor market needs and has established and marketed the following training programs to individuals age 50 and above:Pharmacy Technician for 50+Alzheimer’s at Home CaregiverParaprofessional
  • Plus 50 Website.
  • Career Development and Economic Security for Older Workers in 2011 and Beyond

    1. 1. The Plus 50 Initiative<br />American Association of Community Colleges<br />Funded with a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies<br />Place College Logo Here<br />
    2. 2. Innovative program reaching out to adult learners who are age 50 and up that is benchmarking standards of excellence among community colleges nationwide.<br />What is the Plus 50 Initiative?<br />
    3. 3. Community colleges have a long-standing tradition of catering to the needs of non-traditional students and their communities.<br />Why Community Colleges<br />
    4. 4. Flexible scheduling<br />Shorter term courses<br />Within driving distance of 90% of the population<br />Community Colleges: Ideal for Plus 50 Students<br />
    5. 5. Three focus areas:<br />Plus 50 Learning<br />Plus 50 Training & Re-Training<br />Plus 50 Volunteering<br />
    6. 6. Colleges' Plus 50 Program Focus Areas<br />Colleges' Plus 50 Program Focus Areas<br />Academic / Enrichment /<br />86%<br />PersonalInterest<br />58%<br />Training / Re-Training<br />Serviceand<br />30%<br />Volunteering<br />0%<br />25%<br />50%<br />75%<br />100%<br />
    7. 7. Percent change in labor force by age, projected 2008-2018<br />Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />
    8. 8. Why Focus on Learning for Working Adults?<br />Primary source of future employees is current workforce.<br />65% of 2020 Workforce have high school degree, but no postsecondary degree or certificate.<br />30% of the fastest-growing occupations require post-secondary educational or training credential.<br />
    9. 9. Solutions:<br />Prolonging the labor force participation of aging baby boomers.<br />Increase educational opportunities for the current workforce.<br />
    10. 10. Enrollment of Plus 50 Students in Workforce Training Courses(Changes from Baseline to Year Two)<br />
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    12. 12. Funded by Lumina Foundation <br />Training and retraining, career development and support activities that enhance successful credential completion for adults over the age of 50.<br />Request for Proposals due March 4, 2011.<br />
    13. 13. Laying Out The Welcome Mat<br />Workforce training & career development programs help plus 50 adults prepare for new careers during a turbulent economy.<br />
    14. 14. Colleges can improve support services that help integrate plus 50 students into the fabric of campus life.<br />
    15. 15. The Plus 50 Adult:A Dramatically Different Type of Community College Student<br />
    16. 16. Joliet Junior College (JJC) Plus 50 Workforce Center Mission<br />To promote the continued vitality of the mature workforce through the delivery of a comprehensive system of quality employment, education, and training services that support local and regional economic development initiatives.<br />
    17. 17. JJC has seen an increased enrollment of 50+ students particularly in computer related courses<br /><ul><li>Customized 50+ computer classes
    18. 18. Full range of computer courses offered
    19. 19. Too Young For Facelift? Too Old For </li></ul>Facebook?<br />
    20. 20. Learning is life-long and many people in our community want to attend classes or programs in order to begin a new career or obtain a degree.<br /><ul><li>Tuition waivers through grant funding
    21. 21. Mentor and Volunteer program
    22. 22. Retirement Planning
    23. 23. Lifelong learning classes</li></li></ul><li>Joliet Junior College’s Plus 50 Workforce Center helps the mature worker face the challenges of<br />obtaining employment after the age 50.<br /><ul><li>Free career workshops, career assessments and advising
    24. 24. Support group session
    25. 25. Mock Interview
    26. 26. Annual +50 friendly job fair</li></li></ul><li>Community Colleges Offer Options and Possibilities<br />Short-term training for a new career can get an unemployed worker back on the job and earning money in a matter of months, not years.<br />
    27. 27. Plus 50 Website<br /><br />