Thursday, January 24, 2008

Kickoff Luncheon for Partnership with AARP Wed.


Director of Workforce Issues at AARP will give keynote address

For the first time ever, a community college has partnered with AARP to create curriculum to benefit employers and workers age 50 and over.

Rio Salado College is the first community college in the nation to offer a curriculum created jointly with AARP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people age 50 and over. This partnership will be celebrated at a complimentary luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center in Surprise.

The curriculum, designed for both employers and 50+ workers, addresses issues surrounding how employers can adapt to a changing demographic in the country’s workforce, and the importance the 50+ worker will play in this employment trend.

The luncheon, which runs from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., will feature a key note address by Deborah Russell, the director of workforce issues at AARP in Washington DC. Having appeared on national television programs like Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News, Russell is an expert on issues affecting the country’s aging workforce. She also established the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 awards program.

Interested employers can pre-register for the luncheon by calling 480-377-4250, or register the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 11:30. The Lifelong Learning Center is located at 12535 Smokey Drive in Surprise.

Rio Salado College, headquartered in Tempe, AZ has service centers throughout the Valley. The college offers degrees and certificates in business, education, healthcare, law enforcement and more. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to