Life Course Center
UMN Advanced Careers Initiative
50 Willey Hall
225 – 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455



The University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative is an innovative pathway for experienced professionals as they transition from career jobs into opportunities for meaningful engagement.

UMAC represents a powerful approach to learning for people of all ages. It is a unique initiative, combining scholarship with active learning in an intergenerational context.

A Transformative Experience

We offer a transformative experience for a cohort of fellows seeking both personal renewal and ways to leverage their talents for the common good. We blend coming back to school with hands–on community engagement and personal/career development in a multigenerational learning community.

The U of M and UMAC

As Minnesota’s land-grant, public research university, the University of Minnesota brings a strong tradition of scholarship combined with public service. With our exceptional faculty, and commitment to addressing grand challenges of a changing world, the University of Minnesota is ideally positioned to be a leader in engaging encore adults in classroom learning, community service, and personal growth.

The University of Minnesota offers a model for higher education institutions to reach across the generations by enabling encore adults to come back to school. UMAC enhances the learning experiences of traditional-age students while impacting communities, thereby promoting the education, growth, and well-being of both Boomers and the next generation of GenXers.

UMAC in the News

When Older Students and Younger Students Teach Each Other (Forbes)

Older Workers Need Jobs Too (UMAC Executive Director Kate Schaefers was guest on Kerri Miller show on 9/25/2018)

Third Act (University of Minnesota Legacy Magazine, Summer 2018)

University Offers New Program for Baby Boomers (Minnesota Daily)

U program helps baby boomers find, develop an encore career (Star Tribune)

Old school: New UMN program brings baby boomers back to class (Pioneer Press)

A new chapter for boomers (Minnesota Business)

New university program brings baby boomers back to class (Washington Times)

Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again (New York Times)

The New College Program To Launch Encore Careers (Forbes Magazine)



UMAC is a new initiative. UMAC is made possible with support from the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Liberal Arts, the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, the Life Course Center, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.