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 Back to Work 50+/Women's Economic Stability Initiative 

AARP Foundation:  Back to Work 50+

In 2016, AACC and AARP Foundation continue to support the unique needs of older adult women who face specific and challenging barriers re-entering or improving their position in the workforce. There are eight colleges continuing the BACK TO WORK 50+ Classic initiative following the end of the first round of 18- to 24-month grants in December 2015. Six colleges—Atlanta Tech College(GA), Bevill State Community College (AL), Elgin Community College (IL), Pima Community College (AZ), Tarrant County Community College District (TX), and Tri-County Technical College (SC)—will serve as full partners, and Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY) and Bridge Valley Community and Technical College (WV) will support the project’s mission as affiliates. The initial grant period concluded in December 2015 by attaining the following percentage of goals:

  • Info Session Attendance—100%
  • Coached—121%
  • In Training—101%
  • Hired—103%

AARP Foundation:  Back to Work 50+/Women's Empowerment Economic Stability Initiative (WESI)

AACC WED partnered with AARP Foundation in 2015 to support a Social Innovation Fund grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The initiative expands the BACK TO WORK model to six community colleges that are working to move low-income, unemployed adults age 50+ to stability by increasing their income through employment in good jobs in their communities. First round Women’s Economic Stability Initiative (WESI) colleges are Austin Community College (TX), Eastern Florida State College (FL), Santa Fe College (FL), and Santa Fe Community College (NM). Two additional colleges joined the WESI initiative in 2016: Jefferson State College (AL) and Miami-Dade College (FL).

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