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ENCORE COLLEGE RESOURCES LIBRARY

If you want to create or expand an encore career pathway at your college, these resources provide a starting point. You’ll find below program profiles, practices, research, lessons and tips from community colleges that are preparing older students for encore careers that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact.

PAVING THE WAY TO ENCORE CAREERS: Encore College Initiative

The Encore College Initiative is creating educational pathways to encore careers in education, health, social services and the green economy.  The initiative has supported innovation in 40 community colleges and generated effective practices and useful lessons, including:

Understanding Encore Careers

  • Learn more about encore careers
  • See a complete list of Encore.org research

Creating Encore Career Pathways

  • Watch a webinar, Creating Pathways for Older Learners Seeking Encore Careers (September 2010)
  • Read the publication, Pathways to Encore Careers: How 10 Community Colleges Are Preparing Boomers for Work in Education, Health Care and Social Services
  • See a list of Community College Encore Career Programs by sector, practice, state, and in alphabetical order
  • Learn some practical tips on starting an encore program

Tailoring College Programs for Encore Students

Marketing Encore College Programs

Sustaining and Expanding Encore College Programs

GETTING STARTED WITH PLUS 50 STUDENTS: AACC Plus 50

The American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Plus 50 Initiative is creating and expanding innovative community college programs that engage people over 50 in learning, training or re-training, as well as volunteer, civic or service activities. The website’s publications and resources are essential reading for colleges planning to serve plus-50 adult learners. Its website provides excellent resources for colleges, students and employers. Examples include:

CONNECTING OLDER ADULTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION: Reinvesting in the Third Age

This two-year American Council on Education (ACE) project  aims to advance the understanding, awareness, good practices and policies that address the lifelong learning needs of older adults ages 55-79 and promote their education access and success. Key reports include:

IMPROVING ADULT LEARNER OPPORTUNITIES: Adult Learning Focused Institutions

This Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) initiative helps colleges and universities improve educational opportunities for working adults. A framework is presented in:

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