Program Helps 50-Plus Population Prepare for Next Careers

The College of Southern Maryland is joining 100 other colleges in the Plus 50 Encore College Completion Program

CSM Welcomes ‘Coach on Call’ Eleanor Nelson, Nov. 6

The College of Southern Maryland joined 100 colleges nationwide in a three-year initiative called the “Plus 50 Encore College Completion Program,” which assists colleges in expanding campus programs that engage the plus-50 population with a focus on workforce training and preparing for new careers.

An interactive career coaching session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 6 on the La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Eleanor Nelson from “Coach on Call” will be the featured keynote speaker. 

In 2009, Nelson responded to a request for proposal issued by The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, the result of a Federal Block Grant (part of the Stimulus Bill of 2009) to the State of Maryland, which, in turn, solicited proposals for innovative projects to assist dislocated workers. As ‘Coach on Call,’ Nelson became a single source provider as director for the Job Match Re-Employment Project (JMP.)

Nelson, who holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has worked with the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) since 2000.

“Many baby boomers are seeking to transition to a next or new career and this program will help them rediscover a passion they may have put on hold while they were working and/or raising a family. We want to build a cohort who will make the best use of the college’s available resources from updating technology skills to pursuing a new career to fulfilling fitness goals to checking an item off their ‘bucket list,’ such as learning a new language or traveling abroad,” said CSM Community Education Director Vickie Grow.

            The program will offer skill updates and career makeovers for those who want to venture into careers such as dental assistant, CNA/GNA certification, patient care tech, certified medical administrative assistant, EKG technician, nurse, pharmacy technician, physical therapy aid, early childhood education teacher or substitute teacher.

            “With solid employment track records and years of experience, boomers, with updated technical skills, will position themselves for successful second and even third careers—rewarding careers,” said Shaunda Holt, personal enrichment department program coordinator for adults.

Participants can bring their transcripts and portfolios for evaluation. Information about CSM’s Career Starters training programs, certificate programs, degree programs and personal enrichment classes will also be available.

The event is free but registration for the Nov. 6 event is required at Light refreshments will be provided. For information contact Holt at or 301-934-7652.




CSM Plus 50 Encore College Completion Program Fall Event.  6-8 p.m., Nov. 6. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This Plus 50 Encore Program event will introduce registered participants to CSM credit, non-credit and personal enrichment opportunities available to people age 50 and older who are looking to transition to another career. Keynote address by Eleanor Nelson, ‘Coach on Call.’ Participants will complete a career assessment profile and meet with representatives from Career Starters, Career Services and individual programs of study. Free but registration is required. To register, visit,, 301-934-7652.