Plus 50 Encore Completion Program

Are you over 50 and facing an uncertain future?  Do you need to either train for a new career or update your skills?  If you’re interested in healthcare or in social services, Brookdale can help.

Brookdale just received a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges to help adults age 50 and older complete degree or certificate programs in healthcare and social services. The program is part of a national initiative to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

We know that adult learners face unique challenges. Among them are greater home and financial obligations, difficulty finding study time, and anxiety about returning to a classroom filled with recent high school graduates. Brookdale has a variety of credit and noncredit workforce training and services designed to help you make this transition. Our Business & Community Development department offers workshops and one-on-one career counseling. Short-term training and job placement in high-demand occupations is also available.

To support our Plus 50 students, Brookdale will offer a Boot Camp that will provide condensed workshops and services to help older students with anxiety, as well as improve skills in test taking, technology literacy, and time management. The college will also systematically evaluate prior experiences to determine eligibility for academic credit whenever possible, reducing the time to complete a degree or program.

Brookdale also has an admissions/recruitment representative dedicated exclusively to adult learners. As part of this Plus 50 program, he will coordinate program services, working collaboratively with student service representatives, continuing education staff, health sciences and human services faculty, personnel at the higher education centers and others.

For information about the program, please contact Carl Wiltsee, Adult Admissions Coordinator, at 732-224-2526 or