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  • Health & human service workers could be eligible for free tuition toward a Dementia Care certificate

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    November 13, 2020
    As our population gets older, there is a clear need in the health and human service fields to improve the quality of care and support provided to persons living with dementia. To address this concern, two local organizations are partnering to provide free tuition and books toward the Dementia Care pathway certificate at WITC. 
    WITC’s Gerontology – Aging Services Professional program, in partnership with Brad Gingras, the executive director of Northwest Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC), will provide $20,000 to be applied toward tuition and books to 12 practicing professionals who work in WITC’s 11-county region.
    The Dementia Care Pathway Certificate is unique in the state of Wisconsin. It is the only Dementia Care training that awards successful completers with education-based credentials. Students of the certificate will complete one class at a time over the course of a year for a total of 12 credits earned. Classes can be completed virtually through web conferencing, which is at a scheduled class time, or online at a time that works for you.
    The 2021 course schedule for the certificate:
    -January 19–March 12, Legal and Financial Issues of Aging
    -March 23–May 14, Death and Dying
    -August 24–October 15, Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    -October 18–December 17, Communication of Aging
    Those interested in applying for the grant should visit witc.edu/freeDC to fill out a brief application. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on December 7. WITC and NWAHEC will review applications and award 12 qualified individuals. Classes for the certificate will begin on January 19.
    For additional questions, contact Jennifer Ellis, WITC Gerontology – Aging Services Professional program director, at 715.394.6677 ext. 6346 or email jennifer.ellis@witc.edu

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