Free college classes help Boomers looking for work

Free college workshop designed specifically for 50+ to get hired in today’s workforce

baby-boomers-workThe Baby Boom generation—the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — is full of people who are looking for jobs, just like those in Generations X and Y.

Some of those in the 50-plus range have lost their jobs due to downsizing. Others have found they cannot afford retirement or just don’t like it. Still others have been out of the work force due to illness and wish to re-enter. Some may be looking for a midlife job change.

Whatever the reason, they need to dust off their résumés and learn new strategies for the changing job market.

With the youngest of the Boomers turning 50 this year, the BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston is doing its part to help Baby Boomers get back to work with a series of free workshops and classes called “Back to Work 50+.”

One participant experienced a job layoff, and it had been years since she had updated her résumé or filled out a job application.

“I was stumped when I got laid off. I started going to some of the 50-plus classes and I got a job with the Postal Service through what I learned in the program. Then I got a job with the state. I can’t say enough good about it,” said Vicki Parsons.

“Robin Bowman, with AARP, and Cynthia Woodworth, with BridgeValley, were excellent. I benefited so much from the services offered. It was a lifesaver. I just wish more people would take advantage of it,” she added.

(Next page: What’s offered in the program)

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