The following blog is written by Amy Sherman, associate vice president for policy and strategic alliances at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). CAEL shares many of the goals of Encore.org, including making it easier for adults to get targeted education and training when transitioning to their encore careers.

By Lisa Holton

Career consultants often urge 50-somethings to head back to college so they can learn skills that will make them stronger job candidates, especially in the current economy, with the unemployment rate for Americans 55-and-up a steep 6.2 percent.

I’ve often said that we need a new kind of education suited to the new, encore stage of life. And I’m pleased to report that higher education is beginning to move to meet the needs of tens of millions of boomers who want to prepare for encore careers.