In Their Shoes: NTC Hosts Inaugural Hands-On Gerontology Learning Day

Gerontology Learning Day
Kleeb, Potratz and Unzeitig.

Northwest Technical College’s pilot class of gerontology students gathered on campus for the program’s inaugural hands-on learning day on June 1.

After a welcome from NTC’s gerontology faculty Dr. Wendy Potratz and Alicia Carley, the students completed a dementia lab where they were dressed in simulation equipment and instructed to complete a number of tasks. They also met with guest speakers including Connie Norman, community health worker at Bemidji’s Sanford Health, and Jenn Cole, caregiver advocate from Northwoods Caregivers in Bemidji, who discussed local resources for aging adults.

The day came to a close with additional aging simulators for Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vision and more.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit