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Plus 50 Encore Completion Program

Plus 50 Community Colleges: Take your Knowledge to the Next Degree

Pima is part of a nationwide movement by community colleges reaching out to students who are age 50 and older.  The overall goal of the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is to increase the number of students older than 50 who complete degrees, certificates and/or non-credit certificates in order to increase their labor market competitiveness.

Eligibility

Whether you are entering college for the first time, returning to college for re-training or have a college degree but want a completely different career, any student age 50 or older is eligible.

Plus 50 provides free support to any PCC student age 50 or older with workshops and other activities.  The program targets students enrolled in the education, healthcare or social services programs, but will provide support to any student age 50 or older who is enrolled in any PCC occupational program.

Services and Activities

Through personalized and small group support, services and workshops, the program provides:

  • Links with key contacts at all six PCC campuses in such areas as academic advising, student services and counseling, as well as academic contacts, primarily in education, healthcare and social services.
  • Activities including new student orientations and workshops on careers, financial aid, basic computer technology, student success and employability skills.
  • Other types of support offered as needed including referrals for remedial math, writing or reading, tutoring and disabled student resources.
  • Job placement assistance.

Community Support

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program Advisory Committee is made up of Pima officials, a Plus 50 student representative, local employers and community organizations committed to the success of the program.  Members provide advice, validate program content and quality, and assist in adapting skill standards that address local needs.  Local organizations, such as the Pima Council on Aging and Pima County One-Stop Career Centers, and local employers are participating on the advisory committee.