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College Taskforce on Aging

In response to Oregon's aging demographic and the projected aging of PCC's student body and Oregon's workforce, the College Cabinet appointed a Taskforce on Aging in January 2006 to assess current services and programs and to recommend institutional changes necessary to meet these challenges.

The Taskforce organized its work in four areas:

  • Older learners
  • Aging workforce
  • Specialist certifications
  • Community outreach, life enrichment, and intergenerational programs

Research Projects

To provide a basis for planning, the Taskforce undertook two research projects, one focused on older students currently enrolled in PCC, and the second on Oregon's aging workforce. A third report of a survey of Oregon's employers on their workers 50 and older was released by AARP Oregon, together with the two PCC reports at the Age Boom Conference on February 28, 2007.

These three reports demonstrate new directions in research on aging, and also inform the Career Management Model used by the Gerontology Program to ensure student success.

Testimony of Dr. Preston Pulliams

On February 28, 2007, District President Dr. Preston Pulliams, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Here is a transcript of his testimony.