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Sept. 22, 2014
HCC hosts Plus 50 Program Open House
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) hosted a Plus 50 Program Open House on Sept. 18 in Building 400. The event was free and applications were taken on site. The Plus 50 Program offers older adults tailored courses, flexible scheduling and more.

During the open house, prospective students were given an overview of the program and heard from administration as well as instructors in the Certified Nursing Assistant, Effective Teacher Training, Human Resources Development and Career Readiness Certification programs. They also heard about the NC Career Center and Area L Area Health Education Center initiatives.

Many Americans age 50 and up who did not finish college are now heading back to campus. By combining their life and work experience with a degree or certificate in the high-demand fields of health care and education, they are opening the door to new job opportunities.

Call Tiffany Hale, program coordinator at 252-536-6342 or visit www.halifaxcc.edu for more information.

About the Plus 50 program
HCC was selected to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services in 2013. HCC was one of 17 colleges selected for the project and was awarded a grant of $15,000 over a three-year period.

The College will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. HCC will prepare older adults in careers such as certified nursing assistants and substitute teachers. Human Resources Development and Career Readiness Certification will be offered as well.

With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is offered by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in cooperation with its member colleges and will ultimately comprise 100 colleges with special training programs for students age 50 and older.

Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 Initiative colleges have worked with baby boomers to help them prepare for new careers. An independent evaluation of AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative found that 89 percent of students agreed that college work force 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. The Plus 50 Encore Completion program supports AACC’s work to increase the number of students who finish degrees, certificates, and other credentials. In April 2010, AACC committed alongside other higher education organizations, to promote the development and implementation of policies, practices and institutional cultures that will produce 50 percent more students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2020.

For more information about the Plus 50 Initiative, see http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu or contact HCC Plus 50 Encore Completion Program Coordinator Tiffany Hale at 252-536-6342 or thale314@halifaxcc.edu.
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Halifax Community College hosted a Plus 50 Program Open House on Sept. 18 in Building 400. Pictured is Plus 50 Program Coordinator Tiffany Hale, left, as she addressed prospective students during the open house.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239