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UNI partners with DMACC to address critical Iowa need <br>

November 18, 2002

Howard Barnes, head, Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, (319) 273-2358
Melissa Barber, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is partnering with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in an agreement to better serve students and aging Iowans.

This higher-education partnership allows DMACC gerontology students to finish their bachelor's degree at UNI, the only higher-learning institute in the state that offers gerontology as a major. Gerontology is the branch of science that deals with aging and the problems of the elderly.

'Iowa recently changed the regulations for long-term care administrators, requiring them to have their bachelor's degree,' said Howard Barnes, head of UNI's Department of Design, Family and Consumer Sciences. 'An internship of 720 hours also is required in the program. Due to the critical need in Iowa as our population ages, UNI is very pleased to offer this increased service to our students and aging Iowans.'

UNI gerontology students also can take courses at DMACC while gaining internship experience via DMACC's extensive statewide network. 'Linking with DMACC's internship network is a tremendous advantage to our students,' said Barnes. 'Together, UNI and DMACC will provide a supply of well-educated people to the state.'