College Launches “Encore Careers” Initiative For Adults 50+

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ELIZABETH – Union County College’s Division of Economic Development and Continuing Education is launching an “Encore Careers” initiative to help older “career changers,” those who are 50 years old or older and are interested in exploring new career opportunities in the adult basic education and workforce development fields.

Those interested in the program would move into volunteer and possibly paid positions (in instructor, administrator, and other roles). These programs will: 1) provide educational services in basic literacy, GED test preparation, English as a Second Language, citizenship test preparation, basic computer skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and occupational skills; and 2) serve a number of adult and out-of-school youth populations, including people lacking a high school diploma, immigrants, unemployed people trying to transition to a new career, people who want to become U.S. citizens, and returning inmates.


Those interested will (a) participate in a 12-hour course in April and May which introduces them to the fields of adult basic education and workforce development, (b) engage in an unpaid internship in one or more adult basic education or workforce development programs in Union County, and (c) be introduced to employment and educational opportunities in these fields.

To learn more about this new program, come to a 90-minute information session on the 5th floor of the Kellogg Building located at 40 West Jersey Street in Elizabeth on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. or on March 20 at 2:00 p.m. Those attending the information sessions should bring a valid photo ID and resume and will fill out an application. This program will be provided at no charge to participants, but applicants must show that they are willing and able to participate fully.

To register for one of the information sessions and for more information about the program, email

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