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The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program

If you’re one of 37 million adults ages 25 to 64 who attended college but never received a degree—or one of millions more who need a new skill for a changing job market—Plus 50 can pave the way to completion.

Through the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, Middlesex Community College is providing programs and services that make it easier than ever for students over 50 to obtain the cutting-edge skills and credentials required to compete for jobs in the health care, education, and social services fields. Middlesex offers support and flexibility to help you reach your goals, from choosing a course of study and scheduling classes to finding transportation and applying for financial aid.

Anyone in the job market these days knows the competition is fierce—especially for people age 50 and over. It takes longer for workers over 50 to find jobs than it does for their younger counterparts, and workers of all ages with limited education credentials have higher rates of unemployment and greater difficulty than others in finding and securing employment.

Today, 40 percent of people over age 55 remain in the workforce—the highest rate since 1962. If you’re among them and you need a job or a change in careers, earning a certificate or degree in the high demand fields of health care, education, and social services will help you beat the competition.

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Increase Earning Potential

With every additional level of U.S. workers’ education, their average unemployment rate falls and their average earnings rise. Many of the jobs in the fast-growing fields of health care, education, and social services require some education beyond high school.

That doesn’t mean you need a four-year degree to succeed in these fields. Many jobs require less than a bachelor’s or an associate degree. Middlesex can help students identify and gain the skills and credentials they need for higher-paying jobs in their local areas.

Open Doors to New Fields

Community colleges are leading the way in designing degree and certificate programs to prepare workers for careers in the fast-growing industries of health care, education, and social services. Here at Middlesex we are creating a special Plus 50 program for students 50 and over who want to complete degrees or certificates they began years ago or start new ones to get ahead.

In an independent evaluation of community colleges’ Plus 50 programs, 90 percent of students agreed that workforce training helped them acquire new job skills— and 72 percent said it was the key to landing a job.

Health & Life Sciences

For more information on the Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative, a program of expanded health and science programs with student and veterans support and placement assistance, click here or contact Carolyn Sommer at 860-343-5749 ([email protected]); veterans should contact Frank Napolitano at 860-343-5855 ([email protected]).

Give Back to Your Community

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program not only provides mature workers with the skills and knowledge they need; it also offers degrees and certificates in the fields of health care, education, and social services that provide the benefits of personal fulfillment, social impact, and continued income—enabling people to enjoy work that makes a real difference in their communities. The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program empowers people to put their passion to work.

Commonly asked questions and concerns:

Who is eligible for the program?
Students who are 50 or older are eligible for the program.

What can a community college do for my career?
Completing a degree or certificate is the key to opening new doors. Going back to school and earning your college degree or certificate in health care, education, and social services paves the way to opportunities for new jobs and career advancement.

I have a lot of life experience. Will I have to start over?
Earning a degree or certificate is easier than ever. If you are thinking about getting your degree or certificate, you won’t be starting at square one. Under the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, adult students can gain credits for past education and work experience.

With the economy is such rough shape, shouldn’t I wait until things improve? 
It is a great time to come back. As the economy recovers, getting your degree or certificate can help increase your earning potential. The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program offers courses tailored to your needs, making it is easier than ever to finish what you started.

Distinguish yourself from the competition. It takes older workers longer to find jobs than their younger counterparts, and workers with limited education have higher rates of unemployment and greater difficulty finding and securing employment. Your community college degree or certificate will give you the edge you need to succeed.

I’m ready to return, but I’m not sure if I can do college-level work.
You have support. Middlesex Community College offers the support and flexibility you need to reach your goals, from diverse courses of study and accommodating class schedules to help with financial aid.

You’re not alone. Thousands of plus 50 adults are heading back to community colleges to gain additional training, learn new skills, and complete their degrees or certificates in health care, education, and social services fields.

For more information contact Diane Bordonaro @ 860 343-5716 or [email protected]

Information for Businesses/Employers

Invest in your workers. Community colleges make it easier than ever for plus 50 adults to complete a degree or earn a certificate. Refer your plus 50 workers for retraining or to gain the additional skills and credentials necessary to advance their careers in health care, education, and social services.<

Look to plus 50 graduates as your future employees. Plus 50 adults are a valuable addition to local businesses, offering substantial work experience, knowledge, and professional maturity coupled with community college credentials.

Contribute to a national goal. President Obama wants America to lead the world in the percentage of college graduates by 2020. Support employees who are eager to return to school, and help them join the 8.2 million additional graduates required to meet that goal—5 million of whom are expected to attend community colleges.

For more information contact Diane Bordonaro @ 860 343-5716 or [email protected]