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Oct 25, 2000
OSWEGO -- People interested in working with the aging population can increase their knowledge and job readiness with a new graduate certificate program offered by the SUNY Central New York Consortium for Age Studies, of which Oswego State is a part.
The graduate certificate in gerontology is a new 18-credit-hour program offered as a collaboration among Oswego, SUNY Cortland and Upstate Medical University. Oswego this summer received $30,000 in Mission Review grant money from the State University to help develop the new certificate program.
The program is designed for adult students, such as professionals in allied health fields, human services and social work, research, education and business who seek academic credentialing in aging studies.
"Because of a changing demography, more and more of our society will be aging," said Dr. Cheryl Kaus of Oswego's psychology department. "There will be increasing job opportunities to take care of the needs of those older folks."
She said the group did a needs assessment and called area agencies involved in the care of the elderly. "All were attracted to a program like this," she said.
The program is coordinated through Oswego's Division of Continuing Education and will begin its first course offering in January at Upstate's School of Nursing.
"Current Issues in Gerontology" will introduce students to key concepts, controversies and contexts that affect the development of older adults and their relationships to family and society. Dr. William Lane, a sociologist from SUNY Cortland, will teach this introductory course.
Students in the program will complete a series of six courses over two years in preparation for careers dealing with older adults. Courses will focus on the psychology, sociology, biology and health of aging, as well as linking research and practice.
Each student will also be require to complete an internship in gerontology, which a faculty member on any of the three campuses can supervise.
Kaus said the organizers expect an initial involvement of 10 students and hope to recruit five to 10 each semester.
The program is designed so a student can enter at any time. The introductory course will be offered every semester.
To be accepted into the program, students must have a bachelor's degree, but they do not need any prior background in gerontology, Kaus said.
For more information or to register, call Oswego's Division of Continuing Education at 312-2270.
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