Text of Get Ready to Engage Plus 50 Learners February 3, 2010 Minneapolis, MN
Get Ready to Engage Plus 50 Learners February 3, 2010 Minneapolis, MN
The Demographic Revolution: Its Here Our nation faces a demographic revolution as 78 million baby boomers enter their retirement years.
A baby boomer turns 50 every 7.5 seconds. Boomers Go Plus 50
The New Third Stage of Life Thanks to advances in healthcare, the traditional third stage of life has also expanded. Most baby boomers can expect to spend three decades in retirement.
Plus 50 adults want to stay actively engaged in the workplace, in education and in service opportunities. Not the Stereotypical Retirement
Percent change in labor force by age, projected 2008-2018 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
For Many: Not Working Is Not an Option Many people will stay in the workforce well into retirement age so they can maximize their Social Security benefits.
Community Colleges Enrollment Surge Full-time enrollment increased 24.1% in a 2-year time period from fall 2007 to fall 2009 Contributing factor: The Availability of Workforce Training Increased unemployment for workers reinforced the realization that a college certificate or degree was important for obtaining a job Retoolingor enhancing a current skill setwas important for job retention as well as for preparing for career changes
Primary source of future employees is current workforce 65% of 2020 Workforce have high school degree, but no postsecondary degree or certificate. 30% of the fastest-growing occupations require post- secondary educational or training credential.
Colleges' Plus 50 Program Focus Areas 30% 58% 86% 2008200950%75%100% Service and Volunteering Training / Re-Training Academic / Enrichment / Personal Interest
Enrichment Focused Plus 50 Programs May Hurt Community College Bottom Lines
Community College Programs for Workers Workforce training & career development programs help plus 50 adults prepare for new careers during a turbulent economy.
Adjusting to Campus Life Colleges are ready to help plus 50 students return to the classroom.
Colleges can improve support services that help integrate plus 50 students into the fabric of campus life.
Challenges Community Colleges Face Tuition waivers policies
Challenges Community Colleges Face Some state funding formulas are biased against part-time students, causing a revenue drain for a college that offers programs for plus 50 students.
Needs Assessment is a BIG must, for plus 50 programs
Call to Action: Customize workforce training and career development programs to match the needs and objectives of plus 50 students.
Call to Action: Concentrate more on support services that can help plus 50 students integrate into campus life.
Call to Action: Provide additional tailored financial aid that goes beyond the state-mandated tuition waivers.
Call to Action: Put policies in place that streamline registration for plus 50 students
Call to Action: Remember that even though some need financial aid, the plus 50 age group also represents a valuable market and source of revenue.
What have we learned? http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu/docs/pr/Plus50_Year_One_Evaluation_Report.pdf
Standards of Excellence for Plus 50 Programming Plus 50 offerings should be tailored to the needs, interests, and objectives of the plus 50 population. Faculty and staff should receive professional development that provides them with the skills they need to teach courses and provide services that effectively meet the needs of plus 50 students. Plus 50 offerings should be marketed in such a way that does not appeal to a students identity as a senior. Colleges should publicize student stories to attract plus 50 students to campus. Colleges should set up a Plus 50 Advisory Committee to help develop programming and to support sustainability efforts, and should ensure that it includes community partners, as well as people who have expertise with this age group. Program staff should seek to build an internal constituency for Plus 50 programming at their college to help ensure sustainability.
Plus 50 student outcomes for the workforce training and career development include: Improving, increasing, and/or learning new skills; Increasing excitement about re careering; Learning about new job possibilities; Preparing for a job search; Securing a job; and Receiving job promotions, raises, and new responsibilities.
Growth in Credit and Non-Credit Plus 50 Workforce Training Courses
Enrollment of Plus 50 Students in Workforce Training Courses (Changes from Baseline to Year One)
Career Counseling and Career Workshops (Changes from Baseline to Year One in Number of Clients Served)
Plus 50 Initiative Website http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu/