JSCC to Host Career Opportunities Workshop for +50

As part of a plus 50 initiative, Jackson State Community College will host a career training opportunities workshop on Friday, May 15. The event will be held in the McWherter Center on the colleges main campus and will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be a number of breakout sessions sponsored by several other organizations including West Tennessee Healthcare, WIA, Goodwill, and others. The sessions will provide information geared primarily to older individuals who are transitioning to another career. These sessions will include information on a number of career-ready opportunities including 2-year degrees, short-term healthcare certificates, computer training, and rsum and interview skills. Information regarding job opportunities and funding sources will also be available.

Jack Laser, director of workforce development at JSCC, indicates that individuals over the age of 50 often find themselves at a disadvantage when having to transition careers or reenter the workforce. More experienced workers have a wealth of experience, but they often lack many of the basic skills essential for todays workplace, he explains. The job search today is completely different than it was 10 years ago. Office technology has also progressed and many people need assistance in skills development.

Attendees will be divided into groups that will allow them to move through all of the sessions planned for the day. It is hoped that anyone who needs this information will attend. Laser explains, Its never too late. Just because someone is a little older doesnt mean they have nothing to offer potential employers. With a little direction and short-term skills training, an individual can have a new career in a position they want.

The workshop is open to the public and no registration is required. For additional information, please contact Jack Laser at 731-425-2646 or jlaser@jscc.edu.