Colleges and universities offer encore programs to help older adults acquire new knowledge and skills that employers need, gain credentials that serve their encore goals, and prepare for successful transitions to roles with social impact. Increasing numbers of individuals have already returned to colleges and universities to prepare for encore careers. “Non-traditional students” are the norm at many institutions. Encore initiatives in higher education are focused on those aspiring to make an encore transition who seek sturdy advice, available financing, appropriate pathways, and more receptive employer attitudes.
Innovative higher education encore programs have already emerged in a variety of academic divisions – continuing education, workforce development, executive and professional education, undergraduate and graduate education – and across departments – research, human resources, curriculum, advancement, career and alumni services, and student support services. They are being delivered online, on campus and hybrid.
The program examples and resources found here are intended to support colleges and universities as they leverage their assets to educate and enable individuals for encore careers.