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Student Testimonials

Alex Beltran

What is the greatest lesson you learned through your coursework at UMBC’s Erickson School?
“The greatest lesson that I’ve learned is to prepare for the future generation shift.”

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned while working in your field?
The greatest lesson I have learned while working is to listen. Listening to the resident/client is the best way to make sure they get the care they require.”

What do you think is the greatest challenge to aging services today?
“The greatest challenge facing aging services today is bringing in new people into the workforce.”

If you could describe the Erickson School in one word, what would it be?
“Growing.”

Alex Beltran
Roland Park Place, MA Candidate


Amy Huber

What is the greatest lesson you learned through your coursework at UMBC’s Erickson School?
“The greatest lesson I’ve learned from the Erickson School is… how to appreciate life at all stages. The Erickson School has shined a positive light on aging, changed the way I look at life, and made me really value my time.”

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned while working in your field?
“The greatest lesson I’ve learned working in the field is … that communication with residents is incredibly important. I’ve worked as a waitress and an intern in a CCRC, and in this setting, you are serving people with a wide range of cognitive abilities, physical abilities, and backgrounds. It’s important to really get to know the residents, how to best communicate information to them, and how to best get their input to ensure the CCRC is providing them with the services they need to live with the best quality of life, whether that be on how food is being prepared, how the community is budgeting money, etc. Residents have also given me great advice that has helped me in my professional and personal life!”

“What do you think is the greatest challenge to aging services today?
The greatest challenge facing Aging Services today would be… recruiting and retaining healthcare workers is a challenge today and will continue to be a challenge as the Baby Boomer generation is growing older and will be needing more care.”

Amy Huber, MA Student UMUC
Program Assistant
Lorien Health Services


Katie Damiano

“The Erickson School has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform my role as Human Resources Director in the long term care industry. The staff and faculty at the Erickson School were always there to answer any questions as well as offer guidance. Their lectures were coupled with real life experiences from their own roles in this industry; without these lectures I would not be where I am today. The Erickson School is by far the most exceptional program at UMBC. I am honored to be an Erickson School graduate!”

Katie Damiano, MBA
HR Director
Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 


Kevin Goedeke with his team Kevin Goedeke

“The Erickson School made it their goal to help us reach our goals, even after graduation. I’m very fortunate that my education prepared me for the career path that I’m on. Being an administrator, you’re running an organization. You’re responsible for the business. The management skills and entrepreneurial style I gleaned in the program has been very helpful.”

Kevin Goedeke
Associate Executive Director
Oak Crest Village – Erickson Living


Hyewon

“The Erickson School paved the way for my academic success, which provided the necessary guidance to achieve my career goals. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Policy with a minor in Management of Aging Services from UMBC. As an undergraduate, I had the privilege to work alongside Galina Madjaroff (Undergraduate Program Director) as a Research Assistant, and engaged in valuable hands-on experience with the aging population in Maryland.

I am now applying the rich curriculum and my research experience that the MAgS program provided, and am currently working at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services as a Senior Program Coordinator. I am currently developing a program that will enhance the breadth and depth of senior health data, and enable accessibility to senior health services in Montgomery County.

The job aligns well with what I had studied at UMBC, because the program that I will be making will be impacting the senior citizens in Montgomery County. I am excited to make a difference in my community.”

Hyewon Lee
Senior Program Coordinator
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services