Jeff State offering older workers chance to update skills

Published 2:41 pm Monday, October 13, 2014


Older workers in Jefferson and Shelby counties have a chance to update their skills and get job training under a program offered by AARP Foundation and Jefferson State Community College.

The back to work 50-plus program is designed to help unemployed men and women over the age of 50 update their job-search skills and, in some cases, get short-term job training. At Jefferson State, eligible participants may receive tuition assistance to enroll in training programs that would prepare them to work as dialysis technicians, in medical coding or in office management.

The following two sessions will be held for those who are interested in learning more. To register for a session, call toll free (855) 850-2525.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 1-3 p.m. 

Jefferson State Community College – Jefferson Campus

2601 Carson Road Birmingham, AL 35215

Lurleen Wallace Hall, Room 300

  • Thursday, October 23, 1-3 p.m.

Jefferson State Community College – Shelby-Hoover Campus

4600 Valleydale Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Health Sciences Building, Room 129


“These sessions are designed to provide information about many resources the college, in partnership with AARP Foundation, has available to those over 50 years of age,” said Tamara Payne, director of career and job resources for Jefferson State. “These resources include a coaching program that can help those over 50 update their networking skills, give detailed information about the local job market, and help them to access short-term job training.”

“These sessions will also help the participants develop computer skills training, assist them with cover letters and interviewing techniques, and help them to use technology to advance their job search,” Kay Potter, Jefferson State’s director of community and corporate education said.

AARP Foundation launched its Back to Work 50-plus initiative in Denver in 2013 and expanded it this year to Alabama and a number of other states. The foundation cited more than 3 million 50-and-older people across the country are searching for full-time work.

In Alabama, only half of residents between the ages of 55 and 64 are employed, and a number of them are not unemployed by choice, according to AARP Alabama.

“Thanks to AARP Foundation and Jefferson State, many can have an opportunity to brush up on their job-search skills or even get help to train for a new line of work,” said Candace Williams, interim state director of AARP Alabama. “We are encouraging those over the age of 50 to come to these sessions and take advantage of this opportunity.”