Beginning in spring 2021, Northwest Technical College will address unprecedented growth in life expectancy and aging populations with a new online Gerontology & Aging Care program. Students who complete the program will be well-trained eldercare specialists with knowledge and expertise in the field of aging and associated issues.
By the year 2030, one in five Minnesotans will be considered an older adult and the youngest baby boomers will be turning 66. In response to this shift in demographics, several state agencies formed the Aging 2030 initiative to prepare Minnesota for a future where people both live well and age well.
“The fact that NTC’s program includes dementia training demonstrates the preparation and thoughtfulness their faculty has taken to adequately address the needs of this community through the proposed gerontology program.”
–Kathryn Gonzalez, Northwoods Caregivers
Graduates of the program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide seamless quality service to the aging population and their families. Career pathways include a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities related to psychology, economics, health and wellness, public policy and advocacy and service.
NTC’s Gerontology and Aging Care will offer an 18-credit certificate and can be completed in two semesters. In addition to courses on the biological and psychological of aging aspects of aging, the program curriculum will include classes on death and dying and healthy aging.