Debt for College Hits 70% of Graduates

Most graduates in the Class of 2013 left campus with more than a diploma. Nearly 7 out of 10 also had student loan debt. The average amount: $28,400, up 2 percent from the debt of those who graduated a year earlier. That’s according to a report by the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, a California-based advocacy group that has been tracking these figures for nine years. >> Hidden College Expenses Education debt is a growing concern …

6 Outstanding Social Innovators

By Eunice Lin Nichols, director, The Purpose Prize, Encore.org Six outstanding social innovators will receive a total of $300,000 in cash prizes as winners of The Purpose Prize, an annual contest that recognizes — and rewards — people who are age 60 and over making a positive social impact. You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why. They’re powerful examples of using life experience in order to make a difference; they’ve changed thousands …

Why Civil Rights Vets Keep Pressing On

The first in a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The civil rights struggles of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were largely led by youth and college students, many who were members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or the NAACP Student Council. Now in their 70s, 80s and even 90s, some view their civil rights mission as a life’s work with no retirement in the plan. “I still have an interest in my people, …

AARP to Host Free Virtual Career Fair June 3

AARP is holding a free virtual career fair on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET that can help put you in touch with companies that are hiring. Job search advice will also be available. The AARP Real Possibilities Virtual Career Fair will feature employers that have signed the Life Reimagined for Work pledge, which says they value experienced workers. Companies scheduled to participate include Abt Associates, AlliedBarton, American Red Cross, AT&T, BB&T Bank, Blue Buffalo Ltd., Coconino County (Ariz.), Elite Senior Home …

Has Your Senator Stepped Up to Fight Age Discrimination?

Know anyone who has faced age bias at work when it comes to hiring or layoff decisions-or is it a worry for you? If so, you should care about a certain senate bill. And the good news is that bipartisanship hasn’t completely gone the way of the Dodo bird.  The issue uniting some big names from both sides of the aisle involves protecting older workers against age discrimination. AARP is hoping that more senators will sign on. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination …

Best Employers Program Forges New Ground

Older workers, take heart – and employers, take note. A new co-sponsor for the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award happens to have some pull in executive suites when it comes to charting employment policies. AARP has joined forces with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The announcement was made during SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, attended by about 13,000 HR professionals. “SHRM and its members have a unique perspective on employer policies around the …