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College Launches New Associate of Arts - Aging Studies Degree

Release Date: 7/30/2012

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Launches New Associate of Arts—Aging Studies Degree

Westminster, Md., Aug. 1, 2012-Carroll Community College (Carroll) will launch a new Associate of Arts-Aging Studies degree in fall, 2012. Carroll is preparing students to transfer to university programs and to work in the profession, in response to the growing population of aging individuals and the growing demand for trained workers.

Carroll’s Aging Studies is also known as a transfer pattern. Students will be well-positioned to transfer to four-year institutions after gaining a foundation of knowledge in the field. By utilizing the online state articulation system, students can plan a course of study at Carroll that will transfer seamlessly by completing the first two years of a four-year degree.

Courses include “Introduction to Aging Studies”, “Psychology of Aging” and “Introduction to Helping and Counseling.” Internship opportunities are also available.  Carroll developed the transfer pattern with the input of an advisory board. It is composed of college faculty and staff, and members of community-based organizations that provide resources and services to the aging population in Carroll County.

Carroll students can choose to concentrate on aging as it relates to careers in Business Management, Psychology and Social Work, or Health and Wellness.

“Students who wish to enter the elder care profession do not realize that the industry offers a spectrum of positions not limited to direct care. Areas such as customer service, banking, retirement services and travel all cater to the older adult population and offer great opportunities for jobs,” said Dr. Michael Stovall, chair of social sciences and faculty advisor at Carroll.

“In the development of the aging studies program, the College has benefited greatly from Dr. Stovall’s extensive knowledge and professional experience as well as the expertise of program advisory board members. Students seeking an exceptional learning opportunity and access to growing employment opportunities will be well served by pursing an Aging Studies degree,” said Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. James Ball.

“The aging studies program will offer students in other fields the opportunity to better understand a large group that they may serve in their various career opportunities.  Having potential staff understand the needs and wishes of our senior population will enhance a variety of businesses,” said Barbara Leasure, N.H.A., M.A., director of Compliance and Education at Carroll Lutheran Village and a member of the Aging Studies advisory board.

“With home and community-based services becoming the norm, there is a growing need for certified individuals to provide service: from the certified hands-on aide to the physician who oversees the care plans developed by social workers and nurses. Providers of community-based services such as home health care agencies, adult day care programs, senior centers, skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities are the major venues where a certified and skilled worker can be a valuable and valued asset,” said Gail Spessert, M.A., M.S.W., geriatric social worker and adjunct faculty member in Sociology and Aging Studies at Carroll.

Fall registration is ongoing. The fall semester begins on August 27. Students interested in pursuing the Aging Studies transfer pattern may contact Stovall by calling 410-386-8206 or e-mailing


Note to the Media: For best response to inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail


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