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Innovative Program Helps Unemployed Corporate Execs Transition to Non-Profit Leadership

By AARP Connecticut

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Hartford, CT - Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment in Encore! Hartford - an intensive four-month workforce development program that assists unemployed seasoned Connecticut corporate professionals to transition their skills and experience into high level jobs in the nonprofit sector. AARP Connecticut is providing partial financial assistance for up to five (5) qualified, accepted applicants from Fairfield County to participate in this innovative program. Financial assistance can be used to help cover program fees or transportation costs to and from the Hartford area to attend classes during the 2014 session. AARP is also working with non-profit organizations in Fairfield County to identify suitable fellowship positions so that Fairfield County participants can gain experience in their local communities.

According to AARP, While the unemployment rate for older workers is less than their younger counterparts, those over age 50 who find themselves unemployed tend to be out of work for longer periods of time – many of them for more than a year. Facing age discrimination and other challenges, many of these experienced workers are also seeking to make a career change that allows them to find more purpose in their work or pursue a personal passion.

Now accepting applications for its fourth class of fellows, Encore! Hartford has an impressive track record of success, with 87% of participants finding employment (67% full-time), and three out of four of those employed landing in the nonprofit sector. Applications are being accepted now through January 17, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be made beginning in early February 2014.

Encore! is designed and implemented by the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program in strong partnership with AARP Connecticut, Leadership Greater Hartford, Capital Workforce Partners, CTWorks, CT Association of Nonprofits, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Jewish Family Services.

The program runs from March 4, 2014 - June 20, 2014 and offers:
Deep Immersion in the Nonprofit Sector: All components of the program are conducted in a diverse selection of CT nonprofit organizations.
Education: Sixty-four hours of managerial and professional skill-set transition education. Education component takes place at a number of Hartford-area nonprofits.
Resume Restructuring and Networking: Creation of resumes that reflect transitional skills and experience applicable to the nonprofit sector, and networking opportunities to meet with sector leaders and learn more about the work of their organizations.
Encore Fellowship: A two-month, 30-hour per week fellowship with a CT nonprofit organization providing real world experience and networking opportunities. Fairfield County placements available.
· The full program fee is $2850.
“Finding a job in today’s economy is challenging, especially for those over age 50. We want to help experienced workers find more than just a job, but a way to realize their personal goals and possibilities, and make a difference,” said Nora Duncan, AARP Connecticut state director.
Find more program and application information about Encore! Hartford online or contact Linda Friedman, Program Director, UCONN Nonprofit Leadership Program at: or call 860-570-9282.

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