START AN ENCORE PROGRAM
Higher education can be a key part of preparing for life’s encore phase. To date, 40 colleges have teamed up with the Encore.org Encore College Initiative to create pathways to encore careers in education, health care, social services and the environment.
The result? Higher education institutions are creating new opportunities for boomers who want to make a difference in their communities and a salary.
Are you ready to capitalize on this growing trend to prepare people over 50 for jobs as teachers, caregivers, nurses, and staff members in other in-demand fields? You’ll find resources here to help you get started in creating an encore program.
Learn more about the Encore College Initiative.
Check out innovative encore program models
Learn some practical tips on starting an encore program
Read case studies about colleges that have already created encore programs
Learn about people who retrained for encore careers
Find out more about the Encore College Initiative
ENCORE COLLEGE RESOURCE LIBRARY
Check out program profiles, practices, research, lessons and tips from colleges that are preparing older students for encore careers. More >
ENCORE PROGRAM MODELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Check out these programs to help individuals find, prepare for, and transition to encore careers:
- Portland Community College uses peer mentors to help older gerontology students survive the classroom. More >
- Virginia Community College System offers a hybrid online and in-person program that allows people with busy schedules to become teachers in a year. More >
- GateWay Community College in Arizona works with local health care employers to design programs that fit their job needs. More >
- Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative is a 10-month program combines Harvard classes, special forums, and the chance to develop an entrepreneurial project aimed at solving a pressing social problems. More >
- UCLA Extension is partnering with investors to create the Encore Career Institute to offer certificates in fields such as early childhood education, drug and alcohol counseling, and health care management and leadership. More >
- University of Connecticut offers training to help corporate professionals transition into the nonprofit sector through its Encore!Hartford program. More >
- Evolve: Re-ignite Self & Community is an eight-week course offered at community colleges in Minnesota, Washington, and Colorado that strengthens leadership skills and connects boomers to people who share their passions to make positive change. More >
- The University of the Pacific offers an online social entrepreneurship certificate program that can be completed in six months. More >
- Lane Community College offers a variety of courses to help people move into encore careers in allied health. More >
To learn details of these and other programs, check out the links above and encore college case studies.