New Horizons at 72

posted in Gerontology on April 13th, 2018

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney is by no means a traditional student at York County Community College (YCCC) nor is she any shrinking violet on campus – she’s a ROCK star. At 72 years young, she holds a 3.7 GPA and received her Certificate in Gerontology in December of 2017 and is currently working on completing her coursework to receive her AAS in Gerontology. She also serves as an Advisory Member of the YCCC Gerontology Advisory Committee.

After retiring from decades of work as a paralegal in Boston and spending about a year traveling with her husband, Sweeney was looking for a way to get involved and help those in need in the community.  She began working part-time as a Dinning Server at Sentry Hill in York, ME.  In her role, she quickly realized there was a need for skilled and trained workers in the industry.  So, after getting a Senior College writing course under her belt she decided to enroll at YCCC and she hasn’t looked back since.

“Full-time retirement just wasn’t for me.  I love the experience I have gotten at YCCC, sitting in a classroom with traditional aged students has taught me so much – and I think I’m teaching them a thing or two as well.” said Sweeney. “Once I complete my degree I hope to move into the activity side of the field and work one-on-one with the residents, that’s what it all about”

To learn more about YCCC’s Gerontology Certificate or Degree programs click HERE.

The Tramuto Foundation is a founding partner of the YCCC Gerontology program.