ACC offering career exploration and job training for women age 50+

BACK TO WORK 50+ at ACC information sessions begin Thursday, August 6

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is holding information sessions for a new program created in collaboration with  AARP Foundation to help women over 50 find new careers, gain skills, and build financial security.

Information sessions for the program, called “BACK TO WORK50+ at Austin Community College”, begin Thursday, August 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Highland Campus ACCelerator (6101 Airport Blvd.). Additional sessions continue through November.

“It’s time for me to take charge of my future. I spent the past couple of decades out of the workforce, raising children,” says Maria Smith. “This is my chance to catch up with technology and gain new skills. I want to be employable. I want to find a job. I can’t afford to fall behind.”

According to AARP Foundation, Americans age 50 and older represent the largest overall increase in long-term unemployment. Older women bear the greater share of this burden: 60 percent of women 65 and older have incomes insufficient to cover basic expenses.

“It can be difficult and disheartening to start a career change after 50, but it’s not impossible,” says Stacey Güney, BACK TO WORK 50+ at ACC coordinator. “This program will equip older women with the tools for success so that they can compete in the job market today.”

BACK TO WORK 50+ at ACC will include a set of integrated core services for qualified participants:

  • Employer access
  • Community building
  • Individual and group coaching
  • Computer skills coaching
  • Academic coaching for job skills training
  • Financial capability building

Additional information sessions will be held at Highland Campus on the following days:

  • Tuesday, August 11, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 1- 3 p.m.

BACK TO WORK 50+ at Austin Community College is funded by a $300,000 grant from AARP Foundation through the Social Innovation Fund. Austin Community College is a proud sub-grantee of the SIF program under a grant provided from the Corporation for National and Community Service to AARP Foundation.

To register for a session, call 855-850-2525. For more information visit aarp.org/backtowork50plus or contact Stacey Güney at 512-223-7351 or at stacey.guney@austincc.edu.

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