Plus-50 Lifelong Learning

Wake Tech offers courses designed especially for adults age 50 or older that can help you discover a new career, improve your job search skills, plan for retirement or explore personal interests. The Plus-50 program has courses that range from such as yoga to dance to Spanish to scrapbooking.

In addition to courses offered at various Wake Tech campuses and sites, we offer programs at senior centers, community and recreation sites throughout Wake County. If you take a course at a location other than a Wake Tech campus, you must register for the course at that specific location.

Partner sites and senior centers

Community/Senior Center
53 Hunter St., Apex, NC 27502
120 Maury Odell Place, Cary, NC 27513
323 Lake Drive, Wendell, NC 27591
205 E. Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529
235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Become an entrepreneur

You may have dreamed of starting a business or turning hobbies or volunteer work into a money-making operation. Wake Tech's Small Business Center (SBC) and Entrepreneurship Initiatives programs have resources to help get you started. Talk with an SBC advisor in a free, confidential session any time questions arise.

Retired to rehired

Going back into the workforce can be daunting. You may wonder about your tech skills or generation gaps in the workplace – or you may be seeing a challenge you haven't identified yet. Wake Tech's Career Transitions Forum is a great place to start. The unique, weekly series of lectures and networking activities brings professionals together to share ideas and experience in a supportive environment. 

Course details and registration information

Maximizing Social Security
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
274416 Northern Wake Campus 04/11/2023 04/11/2023 B. Debruin $29.00 18/20
274417 Northern Wake Campus 04/13/2023 04/13/2023 B. Debruin $29.00 20/20
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Adults interested in learning their Social Security options
There are thousands of options for claiming your Social Security, and retirees and pre-retirees are understandably apprehensive about making a costly mistake and filing for benefits at the wrong time. Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, this course will give you the tools and information to create a strategy for claiming your Social Security that you can use with confidence.
Course Objectives
  1. Learn the history and viability of Social Security
  2. Understand how the Social Security program works
  3. Know your options and the impact of your claiming age
  4. Study various strategies to maximize benefits
  5. Be aware of the factors that may affect benefits
  6. Develop a strategy for Social Security that fits your financial plan
Outline of Instruction
  1. The history of Social Security
  2. Qualifying for benefits
  3. How benefits are calculated
  4. When you can claim benefits
  5. Effects of filing early versus late
  6. Spousal benefits and Restricted Applications
  7. Benefits if widowed or divorced
  8. Filing strategies to maximize benefits
  9. Taxation and the Earnings Test
  10. Fitting Social Security into a holistic plan
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 95% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Adults interested in learning their Social Security options
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Community & Career Education Staff