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WMU adding new centers in business and health care

July 25, 2010

KALAMAZOO--New centers to train future health care workers to address the needs of the growing population of older adults, as well as to teach about global sustainable business practices are in the works at Western Michigan University.

At their meeting July 23, WMU's trustees approved two new centers--the College of Health and Human Services Center for Gerontology and the Center for Sustainable Business Practices in the Haworth College of Business.

Center for Gerontology

The goal of the new Center for Gerontology is to advance the University's longstanding work in research, education and service in the field and position WMU to play a vital role in the field of gerontology throughout the nation.

The center, with the support from the University and community, will serve as a catalyst for health-related research in aging and will actively pursue external funding. It will also provide educational programs and service learning activities for professionals, older adults and their families.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 874,000 additional workers in the field will be needed to meet the increased demand during the next 10 years.

Center for Sustainable Business Practices

The promotion of global sustainable business practices is the focus of the second new Center for Sustainable Business Practices. It will promote these concepts and practices as businesses across the world face the challenges of a lack of resources, declining business ethics and issues regarding globalization.

Students, faculty, staff, business partners, non-profit organizations and community representatives will examine current business practices and policies to help achieve sustainable alternatives. The center will be led by Dr. Andrew Targowski, WMU professor of business information systems.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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