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October 2010

OSU-OKC Grant Offers Unique Opportunity to Baby Boomers

 

OSU-Oklahoma City will soon be one of only seven schools nationwide training baby boomers to instruct college courses. The unique training opportunity is possible through a generous grant provided by MetLife Foundation and administered by The Civic Ventures Foundation.

MetLife and Civic Ventures believe that soon-to-be retired or recently retired baby boomers represent an important resource in society. If this generation can be retrained, society will benefit.

“Oklahoma’s baby boomer population is a tremendous, latent, educational resource,” said Jason Stone, OSU-OKC humanities department head and Encore Grant director. “Oklahoma has a rich tradition of productive contribution by its retirees. It is in that spirit that we are reaching out to this population.”

Program participants will be prepared for an encore career, or an occupational pursuit that a person begins after the conclusion of the job they have enjoyed until retirement.

“Many people dream of doing things, but don’t know how to accomplish those dreams,” Stone said. “With this grant, we hope to help 40 lucky metro residents who have always pictured themselves in the classroom and teaching students to realize their lifelong dream.”

Participants must possess a bachelor’s degree in order to instruct college-level courses. No teaching experience is required, no tuition will be collected and program participants will learn from seasoned educators about teaching at a university.

“For our grant participants,” Stone says, “it isn’t too late for them to become students.”

For more information about OSU-OKC’s unique training opportunity, call Stone at (405) 945-3296 or e-mail esto@osuokc.edu, or visit www.osuokc.edu/encore.

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