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Kaleidoscope, a Twist in Education

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Kaleidoscope, a Twist in Education


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This session will present programming which was organized in collaboration with local, regional and national organizations addressing the needs of the community to engage the Plus 50 population.  Lessons learned and best practices will be shared. Professionals who are looking to involve the community and educational partnership would benefit from this presentation.


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What is known is that change is coming – in what some describe as a demographic tsunami. Nearly 11,000 people turn 50 every day. In three years, 38 percent the population will be at least 50. By 2030, 20 percent of the population will be 65 years or older. It is a big enough segment of the population that it is important for professionals to start thinking about what these people want and need in their next chapter.  Education and Industry too needs to Re-THINK how to adapt to the changing demographics in the workforce and the needs, wants and abilities of the aging population. Everyone knows the PLUS 50 population will confront volatile economic conditions in their retirement years. This is causing more and older Americans to go back into the workforce. This presentation will address these issues and discuss “Kaleidoscope, a twist in Education” initiative which was created in Northeast PA to help the Plus 50 population prepare for a new chapter in their lives.  “Kaleidoscope, a twist in Education” is a collaborative project sponsored and supported by the colleges and universities of Luzerne County: King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, PennState Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes University and AARP which brings a variety, scope, expertise and creativity to Kaleidoscope programming and events. Kaleidoscope is available for individuals seeking an opportunity for continuing their intellectual, social and personal growth. Kaleidoscope offers to take a fresh look at where you can go. 
Lessons learned and best practices will be shared. Professionals who are looking to provide training to the PLUS 50 population would benefit from this presentation.

Christine R. Donnolo, Associate Dean, Continuing Education, Luzerne County Community College, PA

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