Marano Fellows Class of 2011

Name: Barry Lott

National Council on Aging

Location: Washington DC
Primary Industry Sector: Healthcare
Type of Organization: National Non-Profit and Service Advocacy Organization

“I feel that effective sector strategies are necessary to address the ever changing needs of today’s workforce. Many older Americans are having to work beyond their retirement years. In keeping with my organizations mission to “Improve the lives of older Americans”, I plan to develop effective sector approaches while making an investment in the future of America.”

Organizational Mission: The mission of NCOA is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. NCOA has been in existence since 1950.

Interest in Sector Work: NCOA manages twenty-two, DOL funded Senior Community Services Employment Programs (SCSEP) in 11 states. With 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day, NCOA plans to utilize the sector skills methodology to develop successful healthcare sectors.

NCOA’s interest in the healthcare sector is based on a 2007 DOL funded 502e Healthcare Workforce Development Project. The goal of the project was to foster individual economic self sufficiency, upgrade job train and transition seniors from subsidized activities into private sector employment. The 502e effort was a demonstration project to determine the feasibility of utilizing older workers to meet increasing demand in a growth industry with high turnover rates.

NCOA’s goal is to provide low-income seniors an opportunity for unsubsidized employment in a high-growth industry through short-term, relevant job training. NCOA will utilize the sector approach taught by the Sector Skills Academy to convene employers, community partners and the business community in order to have an effective sector strategy.