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Improving Education and Training for Older Workers

This report was written by Carl Van Horn, Kathy Krepcio and Maria Heidkamp of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

This report explores a range of issues relating to skills training and education for older workers, including the challenges older workers face when deciding whether to enroll in education and training programs, and, if so, how to choose a program and pay for it.

The report examines the vast array of education and training options at postsecondary institutions, employers, and community-based organizations (CBOs), and the resources available to help older workers make informed selections. It reviews education and training financing options that may be available to older workers. Emerging trends in education and training that may benefit older workers are also highlighted. Based on the research findings, the authors make several recommendations.