GRCC student Craig Scougale knows that as the mega generation known as the Baby Boomers hits retirement age, there will be a much higher demand for work with the aging population. This is the reason why Scougale, a member of the Gerontology Club at GRCC, is organizing the Careers in Aging informational fair on April 3 from 3-6 p.m. outside of the enrollment center in the Main building.
Students will be able to speak with representatives from various agencies that are involved in elderly care and services.
According to the U.S. Census, between 2000 and 2010 the population 65 and older grew 15.1 percent, while the total U.S. population grew only 9.7 percent. With average life expectancy on the rise, this trend will continue over the next 10 years as the Baby Boomers continue to age past 65.
The fair will include information on careers available serving the elderly population as well as the training necessary for those jobs.
“There will be representatives at the fair that cross many different educational disciplines” said Scougale who is chairperson for this event. Services will include health care, of course, but will also include senior living, and elder care law.
The agencies scheduled to attend the event include: Right at Home, Covenant Village of Great Lakes, Senior Neighbors, Elder Care Lawyers, Elder Helpers, Gerontology Network, Hospice of Michigan, Hope Network, Sarah Care, and Beacon Hill at Eastgate. For more information please call Mike Faber (616) 234-3483.
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. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.