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I realize I need to add to my education. I am 57. Due to being diagnosed with depression after working at a government facility for 29 years, I was given the alternative of early retirement or being terminated. My family needed the medical coverage so here I am retired and working for almost 1/3 of what I was making before. I am going to be in the workforce for at least 5 more years, probably 10. I have an associates degree in retail management, but of course we all know a 2 year degree is not considered as enough for most higher paying employment. I still have an educational benefit from the military but am seeking additional funding. My question for the forum is has anyone heard of scholarships or grants for the older student?
Hello, Dejen! I have asked about scholarships especially for seniors, but there doesn't seem to be any. I tried to get help at a local reemployment center (now called "career one stop"), but I was pretty much ignored. I know that the place helped at least one person obtain money to complete her nursing degree (she was so excited; you go girl!). I have an Associate Degree in veterinary technology, but when I first talked w/the counselor to whom I was assigned, he glanced at my information and said, "Oh, so you cleaned kennels for 13 years." I actually burst into tears. My degree includes proficiency in so many medical disciplines, all of which are actual degrees in human nursing. And this counselor teaches classes on listening skills. Needless to say, the center didn't even list my education background, or any background, in their data base made available to potential employers. It listed my name and telephone number. How would that help me get employed? At least they had a contact room w/job listings, computers, and a fax machine all available to the general public. I was supposedly to get resume help, one on one counseling, computer training . . . I did get quick computer classes (many other people questioned whether we were getting enough training to translate to office employment) and some thought provoking classes on translating real experience into resume speak. At least you have the military background; I would think that you could get government help, but then, we all think that the government should help soldiers medically, too, and we know how that's working out (not). Good luck. We all need it. I keep trying. Phyllis (56)