GRCC Offers Help to Professionals and Individuals Who Work with the Aging

Wednesday February 9 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids Community College, through its Older Learner Center, is offering a different type of learning experience for the seasoned healthcare professional on the issues presented when working with the aging population.

This year, GRCC’s non-credit, extended-education Certificate in Aging program has been revamped to incorporate many improvements and inputs suggested by area professionals as well as past participants.

While targeted to those currently working in the field, GRCC has also opened the course to anyone interested, particularly those caring for aging family members or friends.

“Unfortunately, only about 10% of professionals working with older persons today have any formal education in Gerontology (the study of aging),” said Older Learner Center Director Mike Faber.   “So our Certificate in Aging program has been specifically designed for these busy working professionals - to enhance the knowledge and skills they need for working with this most rapidly growing population.”

The program consists of four 8- hour, classroom-based courses held one Saturday per month from January through April. Courses are highly interactive and provide opportunities for professionals to learn from each other through a variety of group activities. Continuing Education Credits are available to Nursing (RN, LPN) and Social Work Professionals.

“This course is one program we are particularly proud of because the content is so relevant – it is the result of listening to and learning from workers and employers in our community, something I think is one of our specialties,” said GRCC Director of Workforce Development Julie Parks.   “Further, the schedule is designed to accommodate workers’ professional and personal responsibilities.”

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Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. The Training Solutions department trained over 8,100 students in specialized training programs in 2009-10. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.