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STLCC Selected to Help Expand AACC Plus 50 Initiative

April 30, 2010

St. Louis Community College has been selected as one of four colleges nationwide to be a Plus 50 Initiative Peer-to-Peer Ambassador or regional conference host.

The American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Initiative helps community colleges faced with an expanding plus-50 student population by focusing on learning, training and career development, and volunteering. The three-year project is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, with a $3.2 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

As a Plus 50 Initiative Peer-to-Peer Ambassador, STLCC will be working to expand the network of Plus 50 colleges. STLCC staff will share information about how to start and sustain a quality educational program for plus-50 students and also will invite new colleges to participate in national discussions on effective programming for baby boomers.

STLCC will serve as a Plus 50 Initiative Peer-to-Peer Ambassador with fellow member institutions in the Missouri Community College Association, including Crowder College; East Central College; Jefferson College; Mineral Area College; Moberly Area Community College; Ozarks Technical Community College; North Central Missouri College; State Fair Community College; St. Charles Community College and Three Rivers Community College.

As part of the expansion, four additional colleges will be designated as learning partners to help six community colleges implement Plus 50 programs to help baby boomers return to campus for job training and skills enhancement. Thirty-two additional colleges will join the initiative through the 2010 expansion.

The Plus 50 Initiative started with 15 grantee colleges in 2008 and expanded its work to include 12 additional community colleges in 2009. The expansion pairs existing and more experienced Plus 50 colleges with other community colleges that will become “affiliates” of the Plus 50 Initiative.

For 90 years, the AACC has been the leading advocate for the nation’s community colleges, which currently number more than 1,173 and serve close to 12 million students annually. Its membership comprises 90 percent of all public two-year colleges – the largest, most accessible, most diverse sector of U.S. higher education. As institutions committed to access, community service and lifelong learning, community colleges have long-focused on the needs of adults who are already in the work force, many of whom are seeking new skills and knowledge for changes in their lives and careers. 

For more information about STLCC’s Plus 50 Initiative, contact Heather Ellison at hellison@stlcc.edu or 314-984-7842. To learn more about the AACC Plus 50 Initiative, visit http://plus50.aacc.nche.edu