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“50-Plus” Event Draws 120+ in Coralville

By July 8, 2009 January 16th, 2019 No Comments

Standing-room-only crowd hears ideas and encouragement in current jobs climate

A near-overflow throng of people crowded into the Coralville Public Library on June 30 to learn more about finding work and exploring careers later in life. The “50-Plus Workers” gathering drew more than 120 people to find out about job prospects in a challenging economic season.

The large turnout showed event organizers that the workshop was filling a need in the area.

New insights were offered for Boomer-era workers through the leadership of the Johnson County Livable Community Initiative. Members include Iowa Workforce Development, Kirkwood Community College, Elder Services, Iowa City Area Development Group and a group of community volunteers.

Al Hood, chair of the group, said today’s job search is very different from 25 years ago. “The purpose of the workshop is to acquaint those ages 50 and older with new and current resources that are now available.”

The workshop included a panel discussion with representatives of area employers, including Hy-Vee, Pearson, Mercy Hospital-Iowa City, Sedona Staffing and The University of Iowa.