As part of the America Association of Community College's national Plus 50 Initiative, these community colleges are offering courses geared toward preparing you for your encore career:
Joliet Junior College
If you're interested in taking courses online, check out GuidetoOnlineSchools.com's list of online colleges and universities. If you just want a refresher course and don't need a degree, visit the Free Online Courses page, which offers a customized Google search of free classes, including those offered by Yale, Stanford and MIT.
TeachNow.org, the Web site of the National Center for Alternative Certification, is a clearinghouse of information about paths to a teaching credential. Provides listings of: teacher recruitment programs, details about teacher credentials or certification programs, and useful links for teachers.
Many older adults thinking about going back to school have questions about financial aid. In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Beckie Supiano offers helpful tips to financial aid advisers working with mature students, suggesting that they communicate early with students, giving them a complete picture of how the financial aid system works and their options.
For tips on transitioning from a corporate job to one in the nonprofit sector, read:
Training Boomers to Meet Community Needs
07/26/2010 - 03:34:05pm
Fifteen community colleges have been awarded Encore Career Grants to support new or existing programs aimed at retraining boomers for careers in health, education and social services. See which colleges were awarded the grant.
The Community College Encore Career Grants are awarded to innovative colleges that identify social-purpose jobs available in the community – such as adjunct faculty, community health workers and pharmacist technicians – and prepare boomers to fill them.
Bridgestar's Bridging to the Nonprofit Sector portal contains a trove of information for people considering making the switch from for-profit work to nonprofit organizations.
Best-Selling Authors Talk About Encore Careers
06/18/2010 - 02:28:28pm
How do you reinvent yourself in retirement? How do you handle the finances? What extra obstacles do women face? Are younger workers in competition with older workers? Those are some of the topics that three best-selling authors discuss during a June 17 webcast sponsored by Merrill Lynch called "Reinventing Retirement: Second Acts."
Career Stories offers an in-depth look at what it’s like to work in different occupations through written accounts by more than 1,600 people working in 200 professions. It’s part of CityTownInfo.com, which provides comparative information about local U.S. communities, careers and colleges.
California Program to Train Patient Navigators
06/15/2010 - 01:00:38pm
Sonoma State University in Northern California is introducing a one-year certification program to prepare graduates to become "patient navigators," a growing profession that ranked high in a recent study of emerging encore careers.
Offered in partnership with Sonoma County's Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation, the one-year program will debut in the fall of 2010. It is open to participants nationwide. Courses will be mostly online, with live meetings one weekend per month at Sonoma State University, which is located in Rohnert Park, Calif., just north of San Francisco.