|Terra State joins program to train 10,000 older workers for new jobs|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 20 September 2013 08:57|
FREMONT - Terra State Community College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
The college will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers for baby boomers.
Terra State offers the following programs: certificates in allied health, office administration medical clerk, medical scribe, home health care and early childhood special needs; associate degrees in health information technology, medical assisting, nursing, medical office administration, physical therapist assistant, health care administration, law enforcement/criminal justice and early childhood; transfer degrees in biology, health information management, social work, psychology and education; and non-credit training for pharmacy technician, state tested nursing aide, CPR and basic life support and Safe Zone.
Kathy Berger, who also serves the college as a recruiter, will coordinate the local Plus 50 Encore Completion Program.
"Many people in our area have experienced outsourcing of jobs, cut backs and downsizing leading to layoffs. Terra State and the Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development take great pride in providing training," she said.
"We can assist mature adults in enhancing their skill set which will increase employment opportunities. Terra State is partnering with community members to make this program a success."
Terra State is one of 36 new colleges recently selected for the project. Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 initiative colleges have worked with baby boomers and helped them prepare for new careers. An independent evaluation of AACC's Plus 50 initiative found that 89 percent of students agreed that college workforce training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent attributed landing a job to such training.
The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2 million grant.
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