Baby Boomers, the Driving Force Essay

1536 Words Mar 26th, 2005 7 Pages
Landlord-tenant law combines three areas of law; 1.) property law 2.) contract law and 3.) negligence law. Landlord-tenant law combines three areas of law; 1.) property law 2.) contract law and 3.) negligence law. Colleges nation wide have been reporting strong surges in enrollment largely due

to baby boomers returning to school. Baby boomers are Americans born between 1946

and 1964. Soldiers returning from WWII caused a rise in the birth rate of the United

States, creating a "boom" which is where the term "baby boom" comes from. There were

approximately 76 million baby boomers born during that 18 year span. The baby boomer

generation is now creating a "boom" in the field of adult education.

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These jobs will require higher skills in

math and language along with better reasoning capabilities. (3). The Bureau of Labor

Statistics report that there will be fewer jobs for the unskilled and under educated

employee in the future.

J. Steven Niznik feels that, "Baby boomers are taking control of the labor force in

the new millennium." (Niznik 1). However, baby boomers know that they must keep

their skills updated and fresh to compete with the younger work force. Successfully

maintaining a career is an ongoing process that involves the development of new skills

and includes exploring new learning opportunities. Baby boomers believe that a quality

education is all that is required to keep up with the changes in the world.

The colleges today are tailoring their programs for the baby boomer, they are

looking at boomers as lifelong learners who will be needing programs to fit their

retirement lifestyles. Ed Shanahan, editor for My Generation magazine reasons, "When

you get to the age of 45, 50, 55, this is one of your last good chances to tackle something

you always wanted to do but put off for several reasons." (qtd. in CNN 1). Baby

boomers are not looking at retirement as a way to live out their later days. At the

University of Pennsylvania,

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