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The Plus 50 Initiative: What’s in it for You? American Association of Community Colleges Funded with a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies 1.

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1 The Plus 50 Initiative: What’s in it for You? American Association of Community Colleges Funded with a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies 1

2 2 Presentation Slide Area Attendee List Chat Room

3 Submitting Questions  To submit a question or comment, type the question in the text field and click the arrow button.  Please enter the name to whom the question is directed.  Your name, the text “Submitted Question,” and your question will appear in red on your screen, indicating successful submission.  Questions are directly transmitted to presenters—no other participants will see your questions. Gary, where can I find today’s PPT? Text Field Arrow Button 3

4 Practice: Attendance In the chat room, please type your name, the name of your organization, your location, and the number of people attending with you today. 4

5 Access to Webinar Materials Today’s session will be recorded and made available on the Plus 50 website: 5

6 Presenters  Mary Sue Vickers Director, Plus 50 Initiative American Association of Community Colleges  Norma Kent Vice President of Communications American Association of Community Colleges 6

7 Welcome! 7

8 Learning Objectives By the end of today’s webinar, you will be able to:  Discuss the Plus 50 Initiative and its benefits to community colleges, plus 50 learners, the workforce, and the community at large.  Distinguish the Plus 50 Initiative from existing senior programs.  Describe the Plus 50 capacity- building webinar schedule and the benefits of participating. 8

9 What is the Plus 50 Initiative? 9

10 What is the Demand? 10  78 million Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age  4 out of 5 plan to work either full- time or part-time in their retirement

11 Plus 50 Learning Focused around three core areas:  Workforce Training & Career Development  Personal Enrichment  Volunteering 11

12 The Role of Community Colleges  Structured to help baby boomers chart their next steps during the “third phase” of life.  Experienced in meeting the needs of non- traditional students.  Provide flexible, short- term programs, a connection to work and volunteer opportunities. 12

13 Participating Community Colleges 13

14 Expansion Program 14

15 Who Sponsors the Plus 50 Initiative? The American Association of Community Colleges The Atlantic Philanthropies 15

16 Poll: Which of the following best describes your level of engagement with the Plus 50 Initiative? A.I barely know how to spell Plus 50. B.I’m somewhat engaged. C.I am well immersed. D.I’ve mastered the Plus 50 Initiative. What do you need to know? 16

17 What is Your Community College Doing? In the chat room, please enter a brief description of your institution’s current involvement with plus 50 learners. 17

18 The Plus 50 Initiative National Survey 18

19 Our Methodology  Pilot tested with 13 participants from 12 community colleges. –Participants included individuals from Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, the Office of the President, and existing adult programs.  Online survey was sent to the President 1,081 additional community colleges.  Additional outreach performed by AACC. 19

20 What Have We Learned? 20

21 For More Information... A complete report of the National Survey can be downloaded from the Plus 50 website at: 21

22 Implementing Plus 50 Programming Internal ChallengesExternal Challenges 22

23 Promising Practices Lower Barriers for Plus 50 StudentsFund & Support Plus 50 Programs Tailor Offerings to Needs & InterestsPlan & Conduct Needs Assessments 23

24 Planning and Conducting Needs Assessments  Know your customer!  Put a formal plan in place. 24

25 Factors Drawing Plus 50 Students to Community Colleges  Tailored programs meet the needs of Plus 50 students.  Credit for workplace experience.  Condensed, flexible, and convenient course offerings.  Location, location, location! 25

26 Becoming a Plus 50-Friendly School: The Top 10 Things You Can Do 1.Conduct a needs assessment of the local plus 50 population. 2.Tailor admission requirements and financial aid programs to plus 50 adults. 3.Provide a dedicated, point-of-contact faculty member for plus 50 students. 4.Avoid words like senior, old, and elder. 5.Prepare counselors to deal with plus 50 student needs. 26

27 Becoming a Plus 50-Friendly School: The Top 10 Things You Can Do, cont. 6.Offer short-term courses in condensed blocks of time. 7.Coach faculty about teaching plus 50 learners; adapt classrooms to adult learning styles. 8.Develop a targeted marketing plan, including specialized publications and websites. 9.Partner with organizations that serve and reach out to plus 50 adults. 10.Cultivate support from the CEO and across academic divisions. 27

28 Plus 50 Benefits to Your Community College Campus Diversity & Mentoring Programs Financial & Volunteer Sources Companies Value Plus 50 Training 28

29 Future Events 29 Tools to Assess the Needs of Your Plus 50 Population (10/08/2009; 3:00 pm) The Importance of Stakeholders (10/22/2009; 3:00 pm) If You Build It: Promoting Your Program for Adult Learners (11/05/2009; 3:00 pm) Understanding the Particular Needs of the Adult Learner (11/19/2009; 3:00 pm) Creating and Sustaining Your Program for Adult Learners (12/03/2009; 3:00 pm)

30 Question & Answer Please enter any questions you have about the content covered in today’s session in the chat room. 30

31 For More Information 31

32 To View a Recording of this Webinar 32 Today’s session has been recorded and is available on the Plus 50 website:

33 Thank You! 33


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