ERIC Number: EJ779351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges Offer Baby Boomers an Encore
Emeagwali, N. Susan
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v82 n7 p18-19 Oct 2007
A 2005 MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures New Face of Work Survey found that many baby boomers are eager to make career changes that can launch a new chapter in their working lives while they make social contribution. The survey found that 50 percent of Americans age 50 to 70 want jobs that contribute to the greater good. It found that more than 53 percent of this population plan to work in retirement because they need continued income, and they want greater flexibility in retirement jobs. Fifty-six percent reported an interest in working in health care, whether that be in a hospital or with an organization fighting a particular disease; 55 percent reported interest in a teaching or other educational position; and 45 percent say they are interested in working in a youth program. Getting baby boomers the education and training they need to enter fields such as health care, education and social services, is one way to address worker shortages in those sectors. This article discusses how community colleges, such as Central Piedmont Community College in Mecklenburg, North Carolina and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Ohio, are working to develop new programs and to strengthen existing ones in order to meet the growing needs of mid-lifers.
Descriptors: Career Change, Retirement, Community Colleges, Baby Boomers, Access to Education, Nontraditional Students, Career Choice, Allied Health Personnel, Social Services, Education, Labor Market, Supply and Demand
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Association for Career and Technical Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Ohio