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Colleges match Boomers with ‘encore careers’

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Ten community colleges across the U.S. are offering programs to help match Baby Boomers with fulfilling second careers in education, health care and social services, says a report by Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based think tank.

“Our schools, hospitals and community-service agencies need talented employees, and research shows that Boomers want meaningful work,” Marc Freedman, CEO of Civic Ventures, says in a statement.

Civic Ventures, with support from the MetLife Foundation, provides each college with $25,000 to help match Boomers’ work experience to careers that have a positive impact on society.

The colleges offer programs providing career-transition, job-placement and support services.

Colleges offering these programs are located in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

Half of 44-to-70-year-olds expressed interest in “encore careers” that offer continued income and the opportunity to make a difference, says a study by Civic Ventures and the MetLife Foundation.

Founded in 1998, Civic Ventures aims to engage Baby Boomers as a force for social change.

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