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IHCC training older adults for new jobs

Mar 25, 2013

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has been chosen to join a national effort to train adults older than age 50 for new jobs in health care, education and social services in a program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Indian Hills will assist adults age 50 and older in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults in that age group out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers them skill updates and career makeovers.

IHCC will prepare older adults for careers in fields such as phlebotomy, direct care, nursing, clinical lab assistant and medical lab technician. Other fields where those who take advantage of the training could transition include medical transcriptionist, pharmacy technician, social work, counseling and education.

“This [Plus 50 Encore Completion Program] is a perfect blend with existing programs and classes the Community Education Center offers, including math, writing, computer literacy, and ... Education to Career, a program that assists nontraditional students with transitioning to postsecondary education or re-entering the workforce,” said Raeann Wyngarden, IHCC’s adult literacy program coordinator.

An independent evaluation of the AACC initiative found 89 percent of students agreed 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 to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust.

For information, contact Wyngarden at 641-683-5181 or raeann.wyngarden@indianhills.edu.

 

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