Case Studies of Encore Colleges

Throughout the country, colleges are creating programs that help boomers transition into encore careers. The profiles below showcase colleges that are training people over 50 for jobs in education, health care, social services and the environment. But they are just a sample of the programs out there that are helping people to move into careers that make a difference.

All of the colleges described below are a part of the Encore College Initiative. Over a four-year span, 40 community colleges involved in this initiative created pathways to encore careers in education, health care, social services and the environment.

Are you interested in creating a program at your college to help boomers train for encore careers? Click here to learn more about starting an encore program.

Baltimore City Community College
Supporting Women in Transition
Baltimore

Broward College
Exploring New Career Directions
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Central Piedmont Community College
Moving from Success to Significance
Charlotte, North Carolina

Coastline Community College
Preparing for Careers in Elder Care
Fountain Valley, California

Collin College
Turning Out High School Math Teachers
Allen, Texas

GateWay Community College
Meeting the Need for More Caregivers
Phoenix, Arizona

Greenville Technical College
Helping Nurses with Lapsed Licenses Head Back to Work
Greenville, South Carolina

Harold Washington College
Creating Pathways to Careers as Community College Instructors
Chicago

LaGuardia Community College
Preparing Community Health Workers
Long Island, New York

Macomb Community College
Preparing Eldercare Specialists and Nursing Assistants
Warren, Michigan

Morgan Community College
Preparing Boomers for Careers in Allied Health
Ft. Morgan, Colorado

Oklahoma State University
Preparing Developmental Studies Instructors
Oklahoma City

Owensboro Community and Technical College
Helping to Solve the Nursing Shortage
Owensboro, Kentucky

Polk State College
Creating Pathways to K-12 Teaching
Winter Haven, Florida

Portland Community College
Peer Mentoring– By Boomers, for Boomers
Portland, Oregon

Prince George’s Community College
Helping People Over 50 Plan Their Encore Careers
Largo, Maryland

Virginia Community College System
Putting Teacher Training on a Fast Track
Virginia – statewide

Washtenaw Community College
Getting the Downsized Ready to Go
Ypsilanti, Michigan

See additional profiles of community colleges that are training people over 50 for the workforce – some in encore careers – at the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative