After last month's session, Bowman said two participants have already found work.
Hunter believes the region values older workers.
"Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, companies really prided themselves on customer service, and that was a key element in the success of their business. You're talking about a generation where business was done on a handshake, that's not the way business is done today," he said. "So to have those skills and be able to bring them back into the workforce and foster and grow a business today, that's what employers are looking for and they're looking at older workers to do that."
Bowman said the program would evolve as needed. After each event they will ask participants for feedback.
"It's not what we think you need, we want to know what you really need," she added.
The event will take place July 2, at 10 a.m. at Goodwill Industries on Virginia Street West in Charleston.
The session is free with limited seating and reservations are required. To sign up, call the AARP Foundation at 1-855-850-2525 and select back to work 50 plus.
AARP is sponsoring the program along with Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, Manpower, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, Region III WorkForce Investment Board, Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success, Senior Community Service Employment Program and WorkForce West Virginia.Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.