Santa Fe College Hosts “Plus Fifty” Program Fair for Career Changers

Santa Fe College Hosts “Plus Fifty” Program Fair for Career Changers

With unemployment hovering nationally around 10 percent, more and more of the workforce is looking for new directions. For those considering a career change, Santa Fe College offers its second “Plus Fifty” program fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 at the Northwest campus, in Building R, room 01.

This two-hour event is “designed to help older workers transition back into college due to downsizing,” said Sheila Lucas, director of Health Sciences Counseling. The event will also help those who may not be looking for new careers, but instead wish to pursue new challenges as they near retirement age.

On hand will be advisors who can talk about more than 50 different career courses and programs, as well as admission and financial aid representatives. This one-stop shopping design will allow attendees to walk away with an excellent idea of what their options are.

The programs will come from many different disciplines including:

  • Business
  • Construction & Technical Programs
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology

Many offerings are “Fast Track,” meaning programs that can be completed in as little as four months, while others require up to a two-year commitment. First-year salaries range from $18,000 to $50,000, and more.

Nursing, which has been on occupational Top 10 lists for years, has experienced RNs earning upwards of $60,000 annually.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Sheila Lucas at 352-395-5734 or email


  • Sheila Lucas, Health Sciences Counseling, 352-395-5734
  • David Hackett, communications specialist, College Relations, for help facilitating your story, 352-256-3424 (cell) or email or call Julie Garrett, 352-870-2924 (cell)
  • Santa Fe College will be closed for spring break from Saturday, March 6 until classes resume Monday, March 15.