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An Important Message from Mike Faber, GRCC Older Learner Center Director

As they say, when one door closes another one opens. So it is with much sadness that I announce that my last day with Grand Rapids Community College’s Older Learner Center will be September 1, 2015. A new opportunity is on the horizon for me: I am moving to Portland, Oregon, to become a full-time Gerontology instructor at Portland Community College. With my departure, a transition plan is under way. I have had the opportunity to talk with many of you about these changes, but I also wanted to communicate with you formally.

The transition plan includes closing the OLC, discontinuing the Fourth Friday and Life History clubs, and shifting oversight of the Encore Reading Club to the Grand Rapids Public Library. Despite these changes, we anticipate minimal disruption to the other services you enjoy.

These services will continue through GRCC:

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (616 456 5664) will administer:

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will also identify another agency to assume responsibility for the monthly Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Educational Support Group.  It is my hope that this will be United Methodist Community House since this is where this monthly program has been held for the last several years, and would be the least disruptive to the grandparents currently being served by this program.

Additionally, the GRCC Gerontology Certificate program will continue with some changes. Beginning this fall, the program, housed within the GRCC Psychology Department, will change from a 32-credit certificate to an 18-credit certificate program designed to complement an associate degree or higher.

Information about ongoing older learner programing at GRCC will be continue to be available on this webpage.

It has been an extraordinary journey working with all of you to expand older learner services in West Michigan. We developed many fruitful partnerships over the years, and I am confident you will be able to continue accessing growth opportunities through GRCC and other community outlets. I am truly thankful for the many relationships and experiences that I have been privileged to be a part of during the last 17 years. I am also thankful to the college for its support during the 17-year history of the Older Learner Center. Please accept my kindest regards, and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and purpose-filled future.