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Grays Harbor College assisting Baby Boomers

December 6, 2013

Thirty-eight community colleges were recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program offered by the American Association of Community Colleges. The program is working to train 10,000 baby boomers over the next two years for new jobs in health care, education and social services, while helping them complete certificates or degrees.

Grays Harbor College is on that list, joining Green River Community College and 98 other colleges.

Participating colleges will offer workforce training programs that prepare older adults for new careers.

Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 Initiative colleges have supported baby boomers coming to college and helped them prepare for new careers. 89% of students participating told an independent evaluator that college workforce training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72% attributed landing a job to such training.

“Baby boomers who are out of work or want to transition into new career fields need to update their skills. Community colleges are affordable and working to help baby boomers, even if they’ve never stepped on a college campus before,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director for the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2-million grant to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust.

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