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 AACC Requests Proposals for Plus 50 Completion Strategy Grants 

1/4/2011

Plus 50 Completion Strategy Grants Overview

Issue Date:  January 4, 2011

Purpose:  Award of AACC Plus 50 Completion Strategy Grants, through support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Award Schedule:  Eleven grants, each in the total amount $12,000:

  • Year 1: $6,000 awarded August 2011.
  • Year 2: $3,000 awarded August 2012.
  • Year 3: $3,000 awarded August 2013.

Awards are contingent upon evidence of adequate yearly progress. All grants will terminate on September 30, 2014. In addition, a travel allowance of $1,200 will be provided for the Plus 50 Completion Strategy Coordinator to attend a Plus 50 conference in summer 2011.

Allowable Activities:  Training and retraining, career development, and support activities that enhance successful workforce training and retraining credential completion for adults over the age of 50. Political or religious programming is not supported by this grant.

Proposal Deadline:  March 4, 2011, 5:00 p.m. ET  (The deadline has now passed and no further proposals will be accepted.)

Introduction

AACC seeks proposals from community colleges committed to enhancing or expanding their existing programs for students 50 years of age and older—particularly those who have earned prior college credits without earning a credential—to ensure that they obtain the degrees, certificates, and not-for-credit credentials sought by employers in high-demand, high-growth fields. Enhancement or expansion may be defined as

  • Offering career development and other support services that foster completion. Examples include
    • Financial aid assistance.
    • Computer technology skill-building.
    • Math and English refresher courses.
    • Flexible scheduling options.
    • Tailored career advising.
    • Completion coaches or advisors.
  • Redesigning programs to meet specific needs such as offering noncredit and credit, compressed, fast-tracked, or accelerated courses.
  • Recruiting and reaching out to the plus 50 population.
  • Offering professional development to faculty to enhance their effectiveness in working with plus 50 students.
  • Assessing prior learning; capturing previously earned credits.
  • Establishing or enhancing collaboration and partnerships with local employers.
  • Increasing access to college for plus 50 students (e.g., making accommodations for job or transportation challenges to class attendance).
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