Rose State College soon may be a new and improved outlet for Oklahomans who are 50 and older wanting to switch careers or learn how to be more marketable.
The Midwest City community college is now part of a national initiative from the American Association of Community Colleges to develop programs to train or retrain older workers, the school announced last week.
Rose State received $10,000 to begin creating training programs and educational classes for older workers.
The Plus 50 Initiative project will be sponsored by the AACC and will be funded with a $3.2 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.
"This really is an exciting grant,” said Stan Griel, vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rose Sate. "It gives us the opportunity to access the needs of the 50-plus population in our service area and to see what programs are needed.”
The Plus 50 program was started to improve course offerings for baby boomers in 2008 with 15 community colleges that were focusing on learning, training and career development and volunteering.