Pasco-Hernando Community College is one of 18 colleges participating in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Plus 50 Completion Strategy National initiative to help unemployed baby boomers complete degrees and education credentials. The AACC initiative has reached its completion goal two years early, assisting 9,292 students with 46 percent of them already completing degrees or certificates.
“PHCC’s Encore Academy, which spearheads the college’s Plus 50 program, worked with other PHCC departments on a number of outreach and support strategies to help students succeed,” said Debby Duncan, Encore Academy program manager. Baby boomers attended open houses, informational meetings and career fairs; they learned to access career and academic counseling. “We coached students in reaching their education goals, helped students apply for and receive financial aid, offered computer skill-building courses and career development workshops, and developed partnerships with local employers,” said Duncan. PHCC has awarded 250 Plus 50 students a degree or certificate in the first two years of participating in the AACC initiative.
Lumina Foundation currently funds the participation of the 18 community colleges in the Plus 50 Completion Strategy Initiative. The Lumina Foundation is a private, independent foundation established to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. For more information about the AACC Plus 50 Completion Strategy Initiative, see http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu.
For more information about the Encore Academy Plus 50 programs or PHCCs degree and certificate programs visit www.phcc.edu.
Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) serves the educational needs and interests of our community. As a comprehensive, multi-campus educational institution, PHCC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to attain academic success and cultural growth in a global society.