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MDC Selected to Receive National Grant to Train Future Caregivers


Miami, September 24, 2009 - Finding quality homecare has become a challenge. To address the growing national demand, the International Longevity Center, with support from MetLife Foundation, has selected 15 colleges to receive grants for the creation of caregiver training programs. Miami Dade College (MDC), among the schools selected nationwide, is the only institution in the State of Florida to receive the grant this year.

At a recent MDC Board of Trustees meeting, Carlos F. Suarez “CFP,” a managing partner for New England Financial agency in Miami, presented a grant check for $20,000 on behalf of MetLife Foundation. The grant will be used to launch the Elder Caregiver Educational Institute in spring 2010 at MDC’s North Campus.  

“This grant will not only lead to the creation of the Institute but also will continue the College’s commitment of addressing the needs of seniors in Miami-Dade County,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president, MDC North Campus.  “An extensive curriculum targeting training in multiple languages, providing student internships and career services will be offered through the Community Education Department at the North Campus.”

The Home Health Aide training program, with courses in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, will require 75 contact hours over an 18-week period and culminates with a certificate. Students who complete the training will be work ready.

The grant money will sponsor 30 scholarships and assist in purchasing equipment, such as stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors. In addition, the Institute will assist students with job placement and provide family workshops for individuals who are caring for an elder relative.

The 2009 Community College Training Initiative grants are part of the Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a partnership of the International Longevity Center and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education, and 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 39 grants.

“This initiative has gained tremendous momentum in recent years and this year’s applications were particularly strong,” said Dr. Robert N. Butler, president and CEO of the International Longevity Center. “More than ever, people who need quality homecare are having difficulty finding it, and families who often provide care are facing greater challenges balancing work and home responsibilities.”


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