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AACC's Plus 50 Initiative publishes and disseminates research and reports about community colleges' programs to engage the 50+ learner. The Plus 50 Initiative offers electronic versions of its print publications available for download. To request a hard copy of the publication, please contact Mary Sue Vickers at (202) 728-0200, ext. 248.

 






 


Plus 50 Students: Tapping Into a Growing Market
American Association of Community Colleges, March, 2013
Plus 50 students are increasingly turning to community colleges for quick job skill refreshers and career tune-ups. This publication describes what is drawing plus 50 students to community colleges and provides tips on effectively serving them.


The Plus 50 Initiative Evaluation: Initiative Impact
American Association of Community Colleges, January 2012
This 29-page report summarizes the growth and development of AACC's Plus 50 Initiative from 2008 through 2011. Working in partnership with community colleges across the country to improve programs and services for plus 50 students, evaluators found that the initiative touched thousands of lives and improved college programs serving adults age 50 and up. More than 1,000 workforce training courses targeting plus 50 adults hard hit by the recession, were added by colleges. Seventy-two percent of participating plus 50 students agreed that these workforce training programs have helped them get hired for a job. By identifying best practices and nurturing sustainability, the Plus 50 Initiative has had a lasting impact on colleges across the country, and is now poised for future growth. 

 

The Plus 50 Initiative: Standards of Excellence
American Association of Community Colleges, October 2010
The Plus 50 Initiative Standards of Excellence are guidelines for community colleges on the essential, core program elements that need to be in place for a Plus 50 program to succeed and become sustainable.  This publication contains guidelines that community colleges can reference as they innovate and grow their own programming for plus 50 learners.

Plus 50 Business Community Outreach Toolkit
American Association of Community Colleges, November 17, 2009
This toolkit is designed to support community colleges in building partnerships with the business community. It includes a series of fact sheets for employers that discuss the value in hiring plus 50 workers.

Plus 50 Needs Assessment Toolkit
American Association of Community Colleges, October 2, 2009
This toolkit was developed to help community colleges conduct a needs assessment for the purposes of developing workforce training and career development programming for their local Plus 50 population. It provides a menu of options for data collection strategies.

Factsheet
American Association of Community Colleges, December 15, 2010
The Plus 50 Initiative is conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to benchmark and showcase the most current and innovative programs at community colleges to engage the 50+ learner.

Educating Plus 50 Learners: Opportunities for Community Colleges – March 2009: State of Community College Plus 50 Programs Nationwide
American Association of Community Colleges, March, 2009
A survey conducted for the AACC's Plus 50 Initiative examines the state of community college plus 50 programs nationwide, as well as plans for their expansion.

Educating Plus 50 Learners: Opportunities for Community Colleges - Executive Summary: State of Community College Plus 50 Programs Nationwide
American Association of Community Colleges, March, 2009
Community colleges were asked to report on their existing and planned programming for plus 50 students. The Executive Summary highlights survey findings.