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Lifelong Learning: Wake Tech’s Plus 50 Program

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The Plus 50 program at Wake Tech Community College began in 2008 through an initiative by the American Association of Community Colleges. Wake Tech was one of 15 community colleges across the country selected to design courses for adults over 50.

“One of the most popular courses is called ‘Retired to Rehired,’” says Natalie Heath, manager of Wake Tech Workforce Continuing Education Communications & Marketing, Wake Tech Community College. “The course is intended for seasoned jobseekers, and discusses job search techniques to find the right position to fit the retired individual’s lifestyle.”

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Other popular courses, she adds, include art, languages, history, yoga, and computer training.

Wake Tech works with the retirement community and senior centers throughout Wake County to offer courses at their sites, says Heath. “These have been the most popular places to offer Plus 50 courses, but we will occasionally run courses at Wake Tech’s many campuses as well.”

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“The courses are low-key, and our instructors meet the needs of the Plus 50 population in their teaching methodology,” Heath says. “From traditional lectures and hands-on practice in art and yoga to pushing the boundaries with technology-oriented classes like using the cloud, or even social media. See what’s available!”

To learn more about the Plus 50 program and courses currently being offered, visit