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 Transitions Forum: Networking and Success Strategies
Overall Quality of This Course
Based on 6 student surveys.
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Job seekers who are transitioning in their careers.
Are you changing careers? This course is for you. Enjoy lectures, activities, and opportunities for networking and support. Topics vary weekly and incorporate professional community resources that provide a current, real-world perspective on the job market. Craft strategies for addressing issues and challenges. Enter the program at any time.
Course Objectives
  1. have received and discovered new ideas and skills to incorporate into their professional repertoire for gaining employment.
  2. have had the opportunity to evaluate, synthesize and discriminate information that is relatable and applicable to their job search and professional development.
  3. have gained a current real-world perspective of opportunities, skills development and challenges for a career transition.
  4. have networked with other job seeking professionals.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Below are sample topics that presenters may speak on.

    Using research to power a winning job search
    Handling the interview: strategies and tactics
    Compensation from the company's perspective
    Leveraging LinkedIn
    A recruiter's perspective
    Personal branding in your job search
    Networking: a new mindset
    How to increase your influence, credibility, and confidence
    Salary negotiation
    Understanding current and local job-hiring trends
    Exploring alternate money-making ideas
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Materials will be provided.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 100%
  2. Participation
  3. This is an open/entry program that allows participants to attend any meeting once registered. Attending any one meeting will meet the attendance requirement.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Job seekers who are transitioning in their careers.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Confidence Focused Interviewing - HRD-3001AC2
  • Creating Stellar Cover Letters - HRD-3003AE2
  • Learning New Tricks: Seeking Employment As a Mature Professional - HRD-3006AD2
  • Explore Leadership Skills for Gaining and Maintaining Employment - HRD-3006AC2
  • Beat the Applicant Tracking System and Get Your Resume Noticed - HRD-3001AV2
  • Make Your Resume Work for You - HRD-3001BE2
Course Contact Information
HRD Office
919-532-5694 or 919-532-5696