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DHCA and Montgomery College to Announce Training Partnership Aimed to Increase Skills of Senior Housing Workforce, Sept. 12
Ribbon Cutting and Reception Also Marks Opening of College’s New Center for Training Excellence

By 2040, one in five residents in Montgomery County will be 65 and older, and one out of three will be over the age of 55. This extraordinary growth in the senior population signals a growing need to refine and enhance the leadership and supervisory skills of those who work with the County’s aging in senior living facilities. To meet that workforce need, the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), in collaboration with Montgomery College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) program, have developed a year-long course called, “Understanding Aging: A Leadership Training Certificate Course for Senior Housing Staff.”

To mark the official launch of this joint training program, County Executive Isiah Leggett and Montgomery College (MC) Acting President Dr. Stephen Cain will be joined by County and College officials Wednesday, September 12 for a reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event kicks off at 1:15 p.m. in the College’s new Center for Training Excellence in the Mannakee Building, adjacent to the Rockville Campus, located at 900 Hungerford Drive.

“I am proud we are launching this training partnership with Montgomery College,” said County Executive Leggett. “Together, we are strengthening expertise among managers and service coordinators at senior living communities across Montgomery County.”

With 11 new classrooms and a computer lab, the Center for Training Excellence represents an expansion of the College’s capacity to provide vital training to local government agencies, to businesses, and to non-profits, providing critical skills and relevant industry knowledge to the workforce.

DHCA will be the first County government agency, and first organization overall, to use the new Center to train its employees. The “Understanding Aging” course meets for the first time that morning, September 12, making Montgomery County employees are the first students to use Montgomery College’s new Center for Training Excellence.

“Montgomery College is excited about this new partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs,” said Acting MC President Cain. “Through this novel training program, the College is helping to grow skilled practitioners who will serve an important, and growing, population —those in assisted living facilities. Customized programs like this one enhance the relevance and training of the valuable workforce in the County.”

Over the last year, DHCA subject matter experts worked with WDCE faculty and staff to develop a very targeted and customized program. “Understanding Aging” addresses leadership skills in general, but also tailors to the particular environment of assisted living while identifying the realities of interacting with seniors in those facilities. Together, the County and the College developed the curriculum of the year-long program that will stretch into 2019.

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