CNM Receives Grant from AARP to Help Women Over 50 Gain Employment

September 17, 2015 -- The AARP Foundation, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund, awarded Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) a subgrant designed to help women age 50 and older prepare for new careers. The subgrant will be for $175,000 per year for three years.
September 17, 2015

Part of AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+: Women’s Economic Stability Initiative, the subgrant will allow CNM to expand its reach to older women. It will also participate in evaluations to learn what works in helping them be competitive in the job market.

“We have a lot of women ages 50 and older in our community who for one reason or another are low income, under educated and need to work,” said Ann Lyn Hall, executive director of CNM Connect. “This grant will help us identify these women and train them for jobs that will build their financial capability to make sound decisions that reduce debt, rebuild savings and pave the way to greater financial stability.”

Several information sessions are scheduled to introduce women ages 50 and older on how to find and keep meaningful jobs. Here’s the schedule:

  • Sept. 22, 9-11 a.m., Montoya Campus
  • Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Main Campus
  • Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m., South Valley Campus
  • Nov. 5, 4-6 p.m., Main Campus
  • Nov. 17, 4-6 p.m. Main Campus
  • Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-noon, Main Campus
  • Feb, 6, 10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, Workforce Training Center

Anyone can call and sign up and attend an information session. Selection for participation in BACK TO WORK 50+ at CNM will be made from the candidates who attend the Information Sessions and submit applications. To sign up for a session people need to call AARP Foundation’s toll-free number at (855) 850-2525.

Besides the Information Sessions, the grant money will also be used to deliver “Seven Smart Strategies” workshops, financial capability training, individualized career and employment coaching, and scholarships for computer and occupational training for those who are selected for the program.

The BACK TO WORK 50+ initiative is a subset of the broader BACK TO WORK 50+ pilot that was launched by AARP Foundation in 2013. The initiative has expanded to 20 markets across 14 states and has provided more than 5,000 unemployed workers information and resources to help them find employment. AARP Foundation is working in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges to implement the BACK TO WORK 50+ model in select communities around the country.

Besides CNM, other community colleges receiving the grants are Austin Community College in Austin, Tex., Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, Fla., Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. and Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, N.M.

In September 2014, AARP Foundation received $3 million from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

AARP Foundation held an open competition in November 2014 for promising community colleges that might successfully take on the BACK TO Work 50+ initiative.