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About AARP Foundation

Uncertainty is the new normal. Americans age 50 and over face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group - choices no one could have prepared for.

Older workers suffer the largest increase in long-term unemployment, the longest spells of joblessness and the least likelihood of finding jobs. Many are living paycheck to paycheck, and one in four workers has burned through his or her savings. Having worked hard, paid taxes and served their country and communities, they find themselves in circumstances far beyond what they could have prepared for. Many of them are one step short of economic catastrophe.

Those who are 50 and over and struggling need a voice and an advocate now more than ever. AARP Foundation - a charitable affiliate of AARP - serves that purpose. Building on AARP's reputation and expertise, AARP Foundation has the ability to support and work with local organizations and programs nationwide to coordinate, fill in the gaps and help effective initiatives grow. This multiplier effect ensures we don't duplicate resources or reinvent the wheel.

By 2030, one in every five Americans will be age 65 or older. Let's not wait until poverty becomes a way of life they can never escape. Through the programs of AARP Foundation, we can give struggling Americans 50 and over a chance to recover their confidence, regain a foothold and stay on track. The more we do now, the less we'll have to do later.

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About BACK TO WORK 50+

AARP Foundation launched BACK TO WORK 50+ in 2012 to increase the services and resources available to job candidates age 50 and older nationally and in communities and to facilitate their access to in-demand jobs.

In October 2013, AARP Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) launched a collaboration to expand BACK TO WORK 50+ by making it available at community colleges in 15 different locations, with 10 of those locations focused specifically on the needs of low income, older adult women to provide an expanded level of career and support services.

Through BACK TO WORK 50+ job candidates aged 50 and older can attend local information sessions where they can learn how to update their personal marketing tools and networking strategies, target their job search on in-demand jobs, get job leads, and find resources that can help them stay strong while they're looking for their next full-time job.

BACK TO WORK 50+ is made possible through the generous support of Walmart.

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About VCN

The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is an "open source, open content" workforce services and online learning delivery platform built and operated by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) under a grant from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in July 2010 to build and operate a Healthcare Virtual Career Platform (HVCP).

The original purpose of the VCN platform was to assist new entrants, unemployed and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers. The mission of the VCN has since been expanded to include additional in-demand careers in Transit and the Green Economy (www.vcn.org).

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national association representing almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of higher education, serving close to 12.4 million students each year. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level

XPAND Corporation, a premier developer of Information Technology tools for workforce development is the VCN project's technology partner. XPAND also built and operates the related CareerOneStop pop out link icon suite of online public workforce development tools.

The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is Copyrighted © 2020 with the American Association of Community Colleges. This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details see VCNOpenSourceLicense.pdf. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; See VCNOpenSourceLicense.pdf for details.


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