New program at GGC meets community needs

In response to local needs and changing demographics, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has introduced a new bachelor of science degree program in human development and aging services (HDAS). The new major, focused on preparing graduates to work with intergenerational populations, offers a wide range of career options in the government, business or non-profit sectors through the arenas of education, social work, counseling, advocacy, health and human services, criminal justice and criminology, research and more. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that jobs in the social and community services sector will grow 21 percent between 2012 and 2022. With growing national issues in the aging population, social pressures on young adults and the rapidly changing profile of the American family, employment opportunities in this field are anticipated to experience above average growth.  

“This degree will help meet a community demand for trained professionals in the HDAS field,” said Dr. Adolfo Santos, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, where the new degree program will be housed. “Graduates of this program also will be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in gerontology, social work, sociology, psychology and other disciplines. They should be well-positioned for adapting their education and skills to our community’s changing needs.”

The sub-population of individuals in Georgia age 65 and over will increase by about 142 percent between 1990 and 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Continued growth in the population of the Gwinnett and greater Atlanta region should ensure a healthy job market for years to come, Santos said.

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