Learning to Adapt; Community Colleges Offer Older Workers an Affordable Way to Reinvent Themselves and Find Their Place in a Changing Economy
Tyre, Peg, Newsweek
Byline: Peg Tyre
If it's true that there are no second acts in American life, then the baby boomers currently enrolled in community colleges around the country never got the memo. In the early '90s, after the nuclear power plant where he worked shut down, Roger Mooberry, 57, of Longview, Wash., earned an associate's degree from nearby Lower Columbia College, then took a job at Intel making semiconductors. Last year, when he found himself unemployed again, he returned to LCC, this time enrolling in a program to train workers for high-tech jobs in the pulp and paper industry. "The skills I'm learning will help me open doors even at my age," says Mooberry. "And I'll need that …
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