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Sept. 10, 2015
"How to Start a Business" Seminar held at HCC
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College, in partnership with the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program and the HCC Small Business Center, recently hosted a seminar, "How to Start a Business."

The seminar was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - Noon at Halifax Community College, Building 400, Room 412. The event included lunch and was free of charge. HCC Plus 50 Program Coordinator, Tiffany Hale & Small Business Director, Jerry Edmonds were delighted with the quantity of current and prospective small business owners in attendance.

Additionally, Dr. Tamba Thompson, HCC Director of Literacy Education provided attendees with an overview of the many curriculum & non-curriculum program offerings available at Halifax Community College.

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 has assisted adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. HCC has prepared older adults in careers such as certified nursing assistants and substitute teachers. Human Resources Development and Career Readiness Certification.

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.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Hale at 252-536-6342 or thale314@halifaxcc.edu or Jerry Edmonds at 252-536-7274 or jedmonds080@halifaxcc.edu

Small Business Director, Jerry Edmonds
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
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