Southwest Education CenterJob seekers age 50 and over will have the opportunity to get assistance with finding employment in the home health care, retail and call center industries through BACK TO WORK 50+ at Moraine Valley Community College. An information session will be on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the college’s Southwest Education Center located at 17900 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park.

Low-income, older adults will get assistance with obtaining good jobs in their communities, increasing their financial capability and avoiding becoming a victim of financial fraud and abuse. Moraine Valley is one of 15 community colleges selected nationally by AARP Foundation, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges, to administer BACK TO WORK 50+ in its communities.

Since the start of BACK TO WORK 50+ at Moraine Valley, 111 people have attended the coaching sessions to get back to work, and 38 of them completed the training. Of those, 35 were successfully hired into jobs.

“We are pleased to work with Moraine Valley,” said Lori Strauss, BACK TO WORK 50+ program manager. “Lisa Bly [assistant dean of Corporatate, Community and Continuing Education] and her team are truly committed to bringing BACK TO WORK 50+ services to local neighborhoods, and we appreciate the strong leadership responsible for providing high quality workforce services to 50+ workers.”

During the information session, candidates will learn how the BACK TO WORK 50+ at Moraine Valley Coaching Program can help them update their personal marketing tools and networking strategies, target their job searches, get job leads, and find resources and training to help them stay strong while they are looking for their next full-time job. In addition to career specific training, the program includes ongoing coaching until program participants secure a position with a local business.

The Walmart Foundation and AARP Foundation provide funding for BACKTOWORK 50+. Jobseekers interested in learning more about BACK TO WORK 50+ can visit or call toll-free 1-855-850-2525 to register for the October session.

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