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Learn About Montgomery College’s Home Care Companion Program Information Sessions for Prospective Students will be Held January 11  at the Gaithersburg Business Training Center

Montgomery College will hold three information sessions for its Home Care Companion program on January 11, at 5:15 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:45 p.m., on the fourth floor of the Gaithersburg Business Training Center, 12 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Free parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the building.

The Home Care Companion program trains students to serve as companions to individuals, residing at home, who are able to care for themselves in activities of daily living, but require assistance and supervision to maintain a safe and optimal living experience. There is a need for trained caregivers as a growing number of seniors are “aging in place” by remaining residents of Montgomery County as they retire. The program is a noncredit, 24-hour course, offered through the College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division.

Information session attendees will learn more about the program, scholarship opportunities, and employment options. Montgomery College staff will be available to answer questions and help with scholarship applications. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the information session, please contact Lisa Bouknight, health sciences program assistant for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, at 240-567-5507 or lisa.bouknight@montgomerycollege.edu.

The International Longevity Center, with support from the MetLife Foundation, provided a $15,000 grant to Montgomery College for curricula development, recruitment and networking opportunities for potential and past students, and provided scholarships for students with financial need. The grant was part of the Center’s Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a partnership of the International Longevity Center and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education.

In addition to Montgomery College, 12 other community colleges across the country also received $15,000 grants. The grants are intended to address a growing caregiving crisis by encouraging the expansion of caregiver training programs for family caregivers and in-home care workers. Since 2007, the initiative has awarded over 50 grants.

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