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03/18/2014

New York Times: "How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit"

. . . In November, Pace University in New York started the Encore Transition Program, aimed at helping executives and professionals explore changeovers from midlife careers to nonprofit and public service organizations. (Pace's program, like the one at the University of Connecticut, has no ties to Encore.org.) The tuition is $1,250, and classes are limited to about a dozen students.

The five-session program provides an overview of New York's nonprofit and public service industries. Leaders in the arts, education, health care, social services and government meet with the group to share stories and allow students to make connections to tap for possible job openings or informational interviews.

''This is not a job placement program, but an exploration of opportunities,'' said Joan K. Tucker, the program's director.

''What I learned is that when you think that you might be at the end of one career, that's not necessarily so,'' said Patricia Carroll, who enrolled in the inaugural course.

For the last 20 years, Ms. Carroll, 56, a Rutherford, N.J., nurse has held executive-level positions in health care administration. But, she says, she is ready to explore all alternatives. So she signed up for the Pace program.

''The course helped me explore what my 'next step' might be,'' she said. ''Hearing from people working in the nonprofit sector who have already made the transition showed me that I'm not too old to have five-, 10-, 15-year goals just like my children in their 20s do.''

Students are also encouraged to check out complementary programs at the university. For instance, Pace offers a Master of Public Administration with a track for nonprofit management, as well as certificate courses on topics like grant writing.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/education/how-to-profit-modestly-by-moving-to-a-nonprofit.html

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