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

Career Readiness for the Child/Elder Care Provider
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This course is for participants who are interested in learning more about the role and requirements of a care provider and what options are available in this field.
Learn more about becoming a child or elder care provider! Explore child and elder care provider roles, job duties, working and learning environments, social aspects of the industry, and career/educational options. Learn to analyze your personal career interests. Develop organizational and communication skills needed for employment. Utilize job search skills for industry research.
Course Objectives
  1. have identified care provider positions, titles and roles.
  2. have explored career opportunities as a care provider.
  3. have identified skills, training and traits that are needed to be a successful child/elder care provider.
  4. have developed ways to communicate effectively as a care provider to different audiences.
  5. have utilized skills for researching, organizing, and presenting.
  6. have developed a general understanding of the requirements for the child/elder care provider industry.
  7. have learned about educational programs for further education to develop and improve employability skills.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introductions, registrations, internet job search, identifying roles and opportunities
  2. Communicating with children and elderly
  3. Work environments for the childcare and elder care provider
  4. Identify developmental and aging stages
  5. Communication skills with guardians, relatives, co-workers, employer
  6. Explore business and child care options
  7. Identify social aspects of aging
  8. Tips on behavior management
  9. Discuss ethical issues
  10. Nutrition and wellness for children and elderly
  11. Identify developmental activities and learning environments
  12. Explore business and elder care options
  13. Discuss customer service skills
  14. Demonstrate presentation skills
  15. Discuss further education and training requirements
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 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Maintain 80 percent average and complete assignments
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
This course is for participants who are interested in learning more about the role and requirements of a care provider and what options are available in this field.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Personal Care Aide - HRD-3001BY2
Course Contact Information
HRD Office
919-532-5694 or 919-532-5696