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August 13, 2007

Americus -- A new program specializing in caregiving is launched today at Georgia Southwestern University.

The 18-credit "Caregiving Specialist" Certificate Program is the first of its type in the nation. Ten students will kick off the program during the fall semester.

There is a national shortage of caregivers, especially those dealing with the elderly. The program aims to get more people to go into these fields.

"There have been programs for people in gerontology, and in disabilities and in childcare, and various pieces of that," said Rosalynn Carter Institute Director, Rick Burkel. "But what we're creating is and opportunity for people to to be trained across those silos, really to be an integrator."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predict there will be 800,000 new jobs in caregiving by the year of 2010.

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