First year nursing student
Thomas Trego says that going back to school at age 50 plus was easy...
He found the instructors
approachable and the curriculum enjoyable. The college's convenient location is
a big plus, says Trego. He also found a friendly environment at the college,
where he wasn't lost in a crowd. Trego is attending a nursing program at Cape
Cod Community College. He's planning a second career in nursing, and says, "If
you are thinking about changing career directions, this is a great opportunity
to do it." He's found community college to be a rewarding step for himself,
noting, "This is one of the best things I've done for myself in a long, long
time." He is planning to complete his coursework and take the nursing exam.
Rick Flannagan lost his job
at Chrysler when the company closed offices in St. Louis...
He admits - it was scary to think
about starting over and going back to school. Now he's getting a fresh start at
St. Louis Community College. He is training for a career to help others as a
drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor. This plus 50 student is on his way!
The Plus 50 Initiative is a grant-funded three year project by the American
Association of Community Colleges to support and promote best practices in
programming and services at community colleges for plus 50 adults.
Going back to school at age
50 plus may seem daunting...
But Cape Cod Community College
student Elizabeth Alexander says she likes the fact that she found "a community"
when she arrived at community college. During her coursework, she fell in love
with communications. She is planning to work on a farm with a therapeutic
program. Elizabeth endured some financial struggles when she decided to go back
to school at age 50 plus, and she admits that her first semester was a hardship.
But she applied for several scholarships and now has enough to live on while
going to school and pursuing her dream. She found a wealth of support in the
plus 50 student adviser on campus, who helped her establish confidence in
Clark College student
Francesca Mastrangero found a supportive environment when she went back to
school at age 50 plus...
"I like the feeling of family at
Clark," says Mastrangero. She came to Clark College to work on her GED. She
feels right at home at the college. The other students are always friendly, she
says. "It doesn't matter here at Clark whether I'm an older student or not," she
said. Mastrangero even overcame some challenges in her studies with the help of
fellow students. She is taking pre-requisites for a program that will lead to a
career in health care and a job that she likes. "Don't be afraid to come to
class because of your age," she says. "There's a lot of people like
me....There's a lot of us here. You've got to come here."
"I like learning anything,"
says Central Florida Community College student Angelina Hubert...
After moving to Florida, she
signed up for courses so she could meet others and make new friends. It depends
on your attitude, notes Hubert, when asked about getting along with other
students. She said that she has met many people who share common interests
through her courses. She is currently taking a computer course to improve her
skills, in addition to several other classes. She says that one of her teachers
is interesting no matter what he talks about. Hubert is currently seeking out
opportunities that will combine her passion for learning with a desire to give
back to the community. "Learning is a lifetime habit," she said with a smile,
and she encourages others to consider going to community college.
Randi Ross-Quick was laid
off from her job...
She looked at her 20-year-old
resume and knew she needed some tips and suggestions so she could find a new
job. She turned to the Plus 50 Initiative at Richland College for help. Located
in the Dallas County Community College District, the college offers workshops
and seminars tailored to job-seeking plus 50 adults like Ross-Quick. She got
great tips on interviewing and networking from one of the seminars, and is
planning to implement some new time management planning. She took a workshop on
job searching for plus 50 adults, where role-playing helped her build her
confidence. Two of her friends have already taken a seminar at the college and
another is signed up for classes.
Plus 50 student Bob Timme is
thinking about making a career transition...
He found help at Richland College
in planning for a job change. He got tips on job hunting and networking. He says
he would recommend the workshop offered at the college to others. Richland
College is part of the Dallas County Community College District in Texas.
"I like to learn," says
Central Florida Community College Senior Institute member Hy Beers...
An advocate of lifelong learning,
Beers enjoys getting back into the classroom again. The retiree says his
instructors are often facing an audience full of seniors like himself, who are
eager to learn. His goals as a student are to increase his knowledge and to meet
others. His advice to other baby boomers: take full advantage of the wonderful
courses offered by the college. There is something for everyone.
Ruth Glover was invited by
Richland College in Dallas, Texas to talk with plus 50 students...
because she has written
a book to help mature workers find new jobs. She talks about challenges plus 50
students encounter while seeking a new position. She also discusses steps
unemployed adults can take to improve their changes in the job market.
Plus 50 adults learn about
opportunities to train for new careers...
at a career changer fair
organized by Santa Fe College in March 2010. More than 150 people attended the
event in Gainesville, Florida. Video courtesy of the Gainesville Sun.
The Plus 50 Initiative
workshop taken by Bob Marlow at Richland College in Dallas, Texas...
has helped him find new direction
for his career. He highly recommends the workshop to others and encourages
everyone to consider taking the time needed to ponder next steps when going
through a life transition. Richland College is part of the Dallas County
Community College District.
Wendy Frese came to Richland
College as she began to work through what her next steps in life might be...
She needs to decide if she will continue in her long-standing career in
education or move to a new field. She found plenty of support at Richland
College, which is part of the Dallas County Community College District. As part
of the Plus 50 Initiative, the college offers courses and classes geared to the
needs of the plus 50 job-switcher. She found a lot of resources to help her with
networking and opportunities for help. After finishing some workshops, she is
planning to take credit courses.