AARP Salutes GRCC Programs

July 9, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — The American Association of Retired Persons has recognized Grand RapidsCommunity College for its programs aimed at adults age 50 and older.

GRCC is the only institution in the nation to offer three components that an AARP report reviewed: degree or certificate in gerontology; personal enrichment or civic engagement; re-training for mid-life and older workers.

The community college was cited for its OlderLearnerCenter, which includes programs such as Life History Club, Senior Health Club and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Also getting kudos was Project Mature Worker, which helps workers age 55 and older with counseling on how to find job training programs, financial aid, transportation, resume assistance, job search tips and Social Security planning.

The program also promotes to employers the benefits of hiring older workers.

Project Mature Worker's next open house is planned for Friday at GRCC's Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC,

622 Godfrey Ave. SW.
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The programs "stand out as models that other community colleges should emulate," said Dr. Betsy Sprouse, senior academic advisor for AARP.

Added GRCC President Juan Olivarez: "We realize there that there will be a surge of retirees coming out of the works, and this report shows that not only are we prepared but we are helping lead the way for other community colleges."     

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