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Learn how to create your own website at a free class offered at the Newburgh Free library on Tues., Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. You can learn how to build a website using free software such as WordPress and others.

You’ll also learn how to add images and content to posts and pages, discover the difference between self-hosting and using a free site, and more. This course is intended for beginners who have little experience.

Registration is required. To register or for information, call the Newburgh Free Library (845) 563-3619 / 563-3600 or go to http://www.newburghlibrary.org and click on “Calendar of Events.”
The class is presented by Eileen MacAvery Kane of Bear Brook, a design studio specializing in entertainment and media with clients that include ABC Television, HBO, Hallmark Channel, and others.

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 The August edition of Hudson Valley Life will feature an article about finding a job at 50 and beyond. Here’s a press release about a grant given to seven colleges to help retrain people 50 and older. One college from our area was included.


Seven Community Colleges Win Grants to Help Older Adults Prepare for In-Demand Health and Education Encore CareersIn Tough Economic Times, Civic Ventures and MetLife Foundation
Expand Encore Colleges Initiative to Match Encore Talent with Community Needs
San Francisco, CA July 13, 2010 – Civic Ventures and MetLife Foundation awarded seven new grants today to community colleges that are helping adults over the age of 50 prepare for encore careers in health and education.
As an integral part of Civic Ventures’ Encore Colleges Initiative, the $25,000 grants are designed to nurture innovative higher education programs that identify social purpose jobs available in communities – teachers, adjunct college instructors, caregivers and clinical nursing instructors – and to help prepare Baby Boomers to fill them.  Program innovations geared toward older students include flexible scheduling, intensive, fast-track programming and courses on technology and social media.While jobs in many sectors are hard to find right now, recent studies by Northeastern University labor economist Barry Bluestone and others show that in the next few years there will likely be more health and education jobs than people to fill them.  Currently, despite a rate of high unemployment, demand remains for employees in the health and education fields nationwide. “This is a good time for older adults to train for the important public service jobs of today and tomorrow,” says Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We commend these community colleges for having the foresight to offer training that matches the experience of older adults with new skill sets.”Westchester Community College (Valhalla, NY), which will offer a curriculum for primary care nurses who want to become clinical nursing instructors. The pilot “Nursing Encore Career Center” program will train veteran nurses to supervise students in a wide range of health-care settings.

“Too many experienced workers are trying to figure out what’s next without help, support or retraining,” said Judy Goggin, vice president at Civic Ventures. “With help from these seed grants, community colleges are developing new approaches targeted at boomers seeking jobs with meaning.”

For more information on labor projections in social sector jobs and emerging jobs in health and education, see www.encore.org/research.


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