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ENCORE COLLEGES

Whether you’re a college professional or a prospective student, learn here about pioneering encore programs across the country at major universities, community colleges and specialized schools – both online and on campus.

The Encore College Initiative encourages colleges to create and promote educational pathways to encore careers. The project invests in innovation and encourages colleges and social sector employers to work together to unleash the potential of boomers as a new workforce for social change.

  • Find out more about the Encore College Initiative
  • Check out innovative encore program models
  • Read case studies about encore colleges
  • Learn about people who retrained for encore careers
  • Visit the Encore College Resource Library
  • Contact us for more information about the Encore College Initiative

The Encore Alumni Toolkit: Are you enthusiastic about helping the millions of people eager to pursue encore careers – work that combines purpose, passion and a paycheck after midlife? Do you want to spread the word about the ways encore work can effect social change and make a difference in people’s lives? If so, the toolkit will help you organize an encore event for your college or university.

  • Find out more about what's in the Encore Alumni Toolkit.
  • Click here to learn about the Encore Career Handbook.

AN ENCORE STORY

Learn how Jan Albert went back
to school to find a new career
in a tough economy.

Video length – 10:12

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Video courtesy of kcet.org

THOUGHTS FROM ENCORE COLLEGE LEADERS

Why start an encore program? Hear from those who have been there and done that.

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MEET SOME ENCORE STUDENTS

Hear first-hand from people in encore careers who got the training they needed in a short period of time at a local college.

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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 >
  • 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 >
  • Pace University offers the Encore Transition Program, a five-session program that helps professionals move into their encore careers. More >

To learn details of these and other programs, check out the links above and encore college case studies.

ENCORE STUDENTS AND HIGHER ED IN THE NEWS

The New York Times
How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit

The New York Times
Teaching as a Second Act, or Maybe Even a Third

Poughkeepsie Journal
Career Reboot

U.S. News & World Report
Baby Boomers Find Second Careers With Encore U

Swarthmore College Bulletin
Encore Careers

 

HARVARD EQUIPS LEADERS FOR ENCORES

The Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative prepares experienced leaders to transition to community and public service in the next phase of their careers. More >

ABOUT OUR FUNDERS

The Encore College Initiative has had the support of private foundations that believe in the power of higher education to help people prepare for encore careers. More >