The YW’s Job Search Support Program and Norwalk Community College are joining forces to assist adults over 50 who are returning to the workforce. The goal of the PLUS 50 Initiative is to help adults over 50 retrain and re-enter the workforce. As many NCC students are career-focused, the objectives are to guide participants through career change decisions, and provide advice and support.
“The YWCA Darien/Norwalk wholeheartedly supports the NCC PLUS 50 initiative to establish a re-training and workforce re-entry program for mature workers,” explains Kate Foster, the YW’s Job Search Support Coordinator. “We currently serve those who are unemployed or underemployed, the majority of who are 50 or older. These resilient and reliable individuals face a range of challenges. NCC’s plan to provide access to financial aid and guidance into training programs in high-demand areas such as healthcare, human services and early childhood education, provides a welcome complement to the YW’s Job Search Support Program’s computer training and career counseling services.”
Under the initiative, the YW’s Job Search Support program provides current and potential NCC students information and referrals within Plus 50 as well as expertise in areas such as resume consultation, career networking and interview techniques. Norwalk Community College has received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Connecticut State College and University System and other sources to launch these innovative workforce programs for adults in transition.
The YW’s Job Search Support program provides guidance for women in all stages of the job search process. A free half hour consultation is offered for resume review or to discuss any aspect of the job search. For those who need to brush-up on their computer skills, classes include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher and will begin again in January. Morning and evening classes are available. For more information about YW’s Job Search Support program go to ywcadariennorwalk.org/jss or contact the program’s coordinator, Kate Foster firstname.lastname@example.org.