Two Shawnee State University students, Katie Obringer and Emilee Smith, have been selected and enrolled into the 2017 Spring Session of the Ohio Scholars in Aging (OSA) program.
The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) partnered up with OSA to create a program that creates a partnership between the state’s aging network with colleges and universities that cultivate future decision-makers and designers of aging services to ensure that Ohio communities and businesses design and implement solutions that address the issues, opportunities and impact of the aging population.
OSA provides a variety of internships for students who are enrolled in an internship or practicum that involves older adults or their caregivers. The program links students with hands-on experience to aging-related policies at the state level and provides scholars of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about and contribute to aging-related policy-making, establish professional contacts and allow them to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the field of aging.
“Participation in the Scholars in Aging Program is such an incredible and professional opportunity for our students. We couldn’t be prouder to have these students who are doing an exemplary job of representing Shawnee State,” said Dr. Christine Raber, Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy program.
Obringer is currently enrolled in SSU’s Master of Occupational Therapy program.
“I have sharpened my leadership skills and gained more knowledge in the roles of other professional when caring for older adults through the OSA experience,” said Obringer.
Smith is a second-year student who is also enrolled in the Master of Occupational Therapy program at SSU.
“I strongly recommend those who are going to be working in a field with an older population to participate in the OSA program because I have definitely obtained knowledge from various areas of the field,” said Smith.
For more information about the OSA program and how to apply, please go to http://oage.org/.