September 2007, Volume 8, Number 9
Helping Baby Boomers Prepare
for Encore Careers
Civic Ventures (CivicVentures.org), a think tank and program incubator helping society achieve the greatest return on experience, has announced the 10 community colleges that will lead a major national effort to help prepare baby boomers for careers in education, health care, and social services. With support from MetLife Foundation, Civic Ventures will give $25,000 grants to each of the 10 community colleges from around the country (see list below). These colleges will develop a wide range of innovative initiatives designed to match boomers’ experience, skills, and interests to “encore careers” in critical service fields.
Civic Ventures also published a white paper, “Encore Colleges,” about the historic opportunity community colleges face in helping boomers transition to encore careers that address workforce needs in their communities (www.civicventures.org/communitycolleges/Encore_Colleges.pdf). Studies show that the public interest sector—the fastest growing sector of our labor market—will face the greatest talent shortages as boomers continue to retire. At the same time, half of Americans in their 50s and 60s reported in a 2005 survey by MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures that they were interested in jobs that improve their communities, but they did not believe that finding such employment would be easy.
Grant-winning projects will provide support and training for those over 50 who want to transition to teaching jobs, work in gerontology, become nursing instructors, or work in nonprofits after a career in the for-profit sector. After a year of implementing their initiatives, the colleges will collaborate with Civic Ventures to report publicly on how to prepare boomers for encore careers that benefit society. The winners of the $25,000 Community College Encore Career Grants include:
For more information contact Emily Dulcan at Fenton Communications, (415) 901-0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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