Monday, July 2, 2012

Next Chapter Kansas City offers Exploring Jobs Courses

“Exploring Jobs Courses” are four new, online courses to assist persons who are exploring paid work in a range of employment settings.

They are being offered by Next Chapter Kansas City in cooperation with Kansas City Kansas Community College and are appropriate for adults of any age, including persons aged 50 and older who are considering a second or Encore career. 

The upcoming classes are designed for persons to work at their own pace and need to be completed between July 9 and August 31.

The courses include Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement, Exploring Green Jobs, Exploring Jobs in Education, and Exploring Jobs in Caregiving.  Each class has four lessons, a resource center, and a moderated forum, all designed to provide helpful information and assist participants in determining their next best steps. 

Instructors will be Steven Joiner and Dale Graham.  The cost is $50 per course.

According to Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Kansas City Director, the Green Jobs and Community Engagement courses have both been endorsed by professionals in the field. 

Julie Koppen, publisher with Greenability Magazine and Greenability Job Network reviewed the Exploring Green Jobs curriculum, and Jennifer Wilding, Director of Consensus, reviewed the Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement course. 

Their comments are available with the course descriptions on the Community College website.  Hostetler also said that additional endorsements are forthcoming.

Persons can register by phone with credit card payment at 913-288-7660 or online. 

To read the full course description and endorsements, and to enroll online, go to, select Continuing Education (on the left)/ Summer 2012 Schedule/ Career Programs/ Career Exploration.

The courses are also listed under Prime Time Club/ Personal Growth.  You may contact Karen Hostetler at or at (913) 281-8908 with questions.

Next Chapter Kansas City is a community collaborative of ten organizations developing meaningful opportunities for persons 50 and over as they explore options for work, service, and learning in life’s next chapter. 

Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas is the lead agency along with El Centro, Inc., KCK Chamber of Commerce, KCK Community College, KCK Public Library, Landon Center on Aging, Leadership 2000, Liveable Neighborhoods, Workforce Partnership, and Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging.