Plus 50 Program
Zane State College provides supportive programs for students from many different backgrounds. Regardless of finances, age, or educational level, the College offers assistance for students to enroll and succeed in college.
The Plus 50 Encore Completion Initiative at Zane State College provides students 50 or older the support and flexibility they need to learn the skills and credentials required to compete for today’s jobs. According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), our nation faces a demographic revolution as 78 million baby boomers enter their retirement years. Most of them can expect to spend nearly three decades in retirement but they do not want to slow down. They want to contribute to their communities through rewarding careers in healthcare, education, and social services. Zane State College is the perfect place for Plus 50 learners to sharpen their skills, expand their knowledge, and launch these encore careers.
Zane State College is one of only 17 colleges participating in the Plus 50 Initiative through the AACC. The goal of the Initiative is to train 10,000 students over 50 years of age for new positions in today’s workforce.
Plus 50’s customized services are designed to help mature students update skills, rehabilitate careers, and open new doors in the fields of healthcare, education, and social services. After course completion, graduates can confidently apply for careers in medical assisting, physical therapy assisting, radiology, social work assisting, or early childhood education.
In an effort to ease the transition to college, Plus 50 students have direct access to on-campus navigators who are eager to help students. Navigators Nicole Galloway, who is located at the Zanesville campus, and David Pennington, who is located at the Cambridge campus, are designated advisors to Plus 50 students.
Galloway explains, “We are here to help the students from beginning to end and at every step in between. A great thing about Plus 50 is that we can assist students with circumventing problems to stay on track.” Pennington adds, “Plus 50 is a way to help our older students with a one-on-one case management approach. If they have a problem, we will help them.”
The Zane State College mission statement, “Empowering people, enriching lives, and advancing the region through education, collaboration, and opportunities,” emphatically applies to all students. Zane State College President Paul Brown said, “Plus 50 directly reflects the mission of Zane State College. The College is honored to be involved with a program that supports individuals who are interested in starting a new career or learning new skills with which to advance in their current employment.”
For more information regarding the Plus 50 Encore Completion Initiative, please call (740) 588-1377 or visit ZaneState.edu. Zane State College – Start here. Go Anywhere.
Zane State College was established in 1969 and has campuses in Zanesville and Cambridge, Ohio. With over 40 two-year associate degree programs, certificate programs, workshops, and occupational skills training, Zane State College’s hands-on, experience-based education prepares student for immediate employment in today’s diversified and dynamic work environments and can be an excellent foundation for continuing education.