Getting Back on the Job

Back to Work, Kim Bryant

Kim Bryant at Pima College in Arizona. — Chris Hinkle

Like many retirees, Kim Bryant, 59, of Tucson, Ariz., needed to bring in extra money. And after 30 years as a postal worker and retail clerk, she hoped to find a different way of doing it. A friend told her about the AARP Foundation Back to Work 50+ program, which provides services and resources to help older low-income workers access jobs that are in high demand. It was her entry to a new profession. During a five week training program at a local community college to be a medical office clerk, Bryant gained computer and medical knowledge, and polished her interviewing skills. She quickly landed a job as a receptionist at a behavioral health hospital. “I love it,” she says. “It’s just wonderful to have the opportunity to work when you’re 50 or older.”

Launched in 2013, Back to Work 50+ has assisted more than 18,000 job seekers like Bryant. The program, which focuses on workers ages 50 to 64, coordinates with more than 20 community colleges and workforce investment boards across the country to provide training, support and access to employers. Training ranges from home health care and truck driving to database management and software development.

To learn more, by visiting BACK TO WORK 50+.

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