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How to Engage the Plus 50 Student

How to Engage the Plus 50 Student. Presented at the Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Conference, Tinley Park, IL, November 18, 2010.

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How to Engage the Plus 50 Student

  1. 1. Plus 50 InitiativeRehired, Rewired, & Re-inspired: How to Engage the Plus 50 Student Joliet Junior CollegeKelly Lapetino and Pam AbbottMoraine Valley Community CollegeLinley White<br />
  2. 2. Workers over age 45 who are unemployed, are more likely to stay unemployed longer, than younger workers. More “long-term unemployed” are plus 50 workers.<br />The Critical Need<br />
  3. 3. How many are out of work?<br /> October 2010– 14.8 million Americans unemployed<br /> National unemployment rate 9.6% <br /> Unemployment rate ages 45-54 7.8%<br /> Unemployment rate ages 55+ 7.3%<br />Ref: October 2010 <br />unemployment report by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />
  4. 4. About the Survey<br />204 community colleges responded to the survey.<br />Approximately 1,081 institutions representing every community college in the United States were invited to participate.<br />Conducted online in fall 2008.<br />
  5. 5. The Plus 50 Adult:A Dramatically Different Type of Community College Student<br />
  6. 6. 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 />
  7. 7. Community Colleges Offer a Range of Programs<br />Personal enrichment<br />Workforce training and career development<br /> Volunteering<br />
  8. 8. Enrichment Focused Plus 50 Programs May Hurt Community College Bottom Lines<br />
  9. 9. 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 />
  10. 10. Of the colleges offering workforce training courses, over half tailored them to plus 50 student needs.<br />Tailoring Courses for Plus 50 Needs<br />
  11. 11. JJC has seen an increased enrollment of 50+ students particularly in computer related courses<br /><ul><li>Customized 50+ computer classes
  12. 12. Full range of computer courses offered
  13. 13. Too Young For Facelift? Too Old For </li></ul> Facebook?<br />
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  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Mentor and Volunteer program
  17. 17. Retirement Planning
  18. 18. Lifelong learning classes</li></li></ul><li>Ageless Learning Classes for Adults Over The Age of 50<br />ART<br /><ul><li>Oil Painting
  19. 19. Watercolors</li></ul>FITNESS<br /><ul><li>Fit Over 50</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
  20. 20. Support group session
  21. 21. Mock Interview
  22. 22. Annual +50 friendly job fair</li></li></ul><li>Looking for a New Career Direction?<br />
  23. 23. Plus 50 Career Training<br />Pharmacy Technician for 50+<br />Alzheimer’s at Home Caregiver<br />Paraprofessional<br />
  24. 24. Laying Out The Welcome Mat<br />Workforce training & career development programs help plus 50 adults prepare for new careers during a turbulent economy.<br />
  25. 25. Colleges can improve support services that help integrate plus 50 students into the fabric of campus life.<br />
  26. 26. Many community colleges are reaching out to plus 50 adults with tailored programs, but more needs to be done.<br />Inviting Plus 50 Adults to Campus<br />
  27. 27. Recommendations: Know your customer: conduct a high-quality needs assessment<br />
  28. 28. Recommendations: Customize workforce training and career development programs to match the needs and objectives of plus 50 students.<br />
  29. 29. Recommendations: Concentrate more on support services that can help plus 50 students integrate into campus life.<br />
  30. 30. Recommendations: Put policies in place that streamline registration for plus 50 students<br />
  31. 31. Recommendations: Remember that even though some need financial aid, the plus 50 age group also represents a valuable market and source of revenue.<br />
  32. 32. Website Resources<br /><br />“Educating Plus 50 Learners: Opportunities for Community Colleges” <br />Full Report & Executive Summary<br />Biweekly e-newsletter<br />Publications<br />Student stories<br />