Research Topics

Community Colleges and Older Workers: A Review of Current Practices with an In-depth Focus on Dislocated Workers and Students with Disabilities

The Heldrich Center reviewed current practices on serving older workers at community colleges to synthesize what is known about these practices and make recommendations for future practices to better address the particular issues facing older workers at community colleges. This study includes in-depth examinations of initiatives and programs of particular relevance to older workers at community colleges: those that serve dislocated workers and those that serve students with disabilities. The research includes a thorough review of existing literature on community college practices related to older workers, including dislocated workers and students with disabilities. The Center also conducted targeted interviews with community college staff at colleges that have particularly noteworthy initiatives for older workers, noteworthy because they either serve high numbers of older students, dislocated workers, and/or students with disabilities or have a reputation for working with these students.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

Disability Employment
Education & Training
Research Team: 
Maria Heidkamp
Funded By: 
U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
students with disabilities
county college
community college
dislocated workers
Older Workers