Finds that attainment of a credential through participation in WIA’s Dislocated Worker Program resulted in improved employment and wage changes for older workers as compared to those who were not credentialed.

"The purpose of the study was to identify strategies that will allow workers to remain in the workforce longer in order to enhance their economic security and reduce their risk of poverty in retirement. This was accomplished by: (a) identifying the characteristics of effective community college involvement in workforce training; and (b) examining the relationship between the category of credential attained through participation in WIA’s Dislocated Worker Program and program outcomes" (p.10). (Abstractor: Author)

 Full Publication Title: Credential Attainment by Older workers: the Role of Community Colleges and the Dislocated Worker Program in Successful Employment Outcomes

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Results of the current study suggest that credential attainment by older workers can produce positive outcomes in terms of reemployment and wage outcomes. Despite the potential for older workers to benefit from training, they are less likely than their younger counterparts to receive those services. In 2009, proportionately fewer Dislocated Worker Program participants 55 and over received training services; 11.1% of participants aged 55 and over received training services compared to 17.9% in the 30 to 44 age group. In addition, the older group received an average of six fewer weeks of training (SPRA, 2010). While there could be other explanations for fewer older adults receiving training services, there is the potential that performance measures played some role” (p.116-117). (Abstractor: Author)