Training program at Indian Hills will help adults 50 and over find a career

A new program at Indian Hills is working to prove it's never too late to start a career.

The community college is one of 36 colleges around the nation selected to participate in the project, which is funded by a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program will target the untapped resource of workers over the age of 50. The program will provide skill upgrading and training for careers in health care, education and social services.

"We already do provide services to the community in skill upgrading, like GED completion, career pathways, that sort of thing, but this program will be more geared toward that over 50 population," said Lois Lloyd, coordinator of the Plus 50 Encore program.

Lloyd will be attending a training course next month to receive more details on the structure of the program, which has been initiated with success at other education centers. According to a press release from Indian Hills, 89 percent of students agreed that the workforce training helped them attain new job skills and 72 percent attributed getting a new job to that training.

"And I know, just personally speaking, I didn't start this job out at Indian Hills until I was 50 myself, so I know that even at that age, a person can find maybe the most fulfilling career of their life here, the most fulfilling and rewarding career at that age," Lloyd said.

If you would like to know more about the program, or are interested in participating, call Raeann Wyngarden at Indian Hills Community Education Center at 641-683-5181.