Strategies employed by Ohio community colleges to improve labor market outcomes for older students

March 19, 2020


  • Oksana Dikhtyar
  • Phyllis Ann Cummins
  • Kathryn McGrew
  • Peter Riley Bahr

To remain competitive in the labor market, many middle-aged and older adults need to upgrade existing or learn new skills through occupational training and education. Community colleges are the preferred choice for older students due to affordability, open access admission, a greater number of credential options including short-term credentials, and convenient locations. This article identifies strategies community colleges employ to improve labor market outcomes for middle-aged and older adults (age 40 and older) and to meet the needs of employers. Additionally, challenges faced by older community college students during training, retraining, and finding employment are discussed.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice, doi: 10.1080/10668926.2020.1738289

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