The Plus 50 program was started nationally in 2008 to help laid-off workers get back to the labor force. It has expanded beyond workforce training and career development to include learning and enrichment and volunteering for the group often referred to as “age-less learners.” More than 21 percent of Virginia’s part-time college students are over the age of 40, according to the American Association of Community Colleges 2012 statistics.
Going to college at any age can be a challenge. For those returning to school after years of working a job or managing a home and family, even going through the enrollment process can be demanding. Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) recognizes this, which is why in spring 2013 the college became part of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative.
If you're one of 37 million adults age 50 and older who have never attended college or who attended but never received a degree — or one of millions more who need a new skill for a changing job market - Virginia Western can pave the way to completion.
Key questions to think about. For answers to many of these questions, please refer to the Plus 50 Ageless Learner guidebook.
Suggestions for ageless learners from VWCC’s New Student Advising Center:
While Plus 50 does NOT include tuition support, Virginia Western Community College does provides services that make it easier than ever for adult learners to earn credit for their past education and work experience. So take your knowledge to the next degree. Contact Virginia Western today.