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WMFD: Program gets older adults and students on the road together

February 25, 2015

Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, college students enrolled in select classes at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to receive college credit for driving older adults in the community through a pilot project called Driving Community Connections. The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) of Greater Cincinnati has been incorporated into new and existing courses and will provide students with the ability to engage with Ohio’s elders, learn about the aging process and meet a need in their local community.

“I commend University of Cincinnati for embracing an innovative way to fill a key need in the community while also giving students an invaluable learning experience that they won’t find in any textbook,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “They will learn that generations are interdependent and that Ohio thrives when we support each other.”

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults

February 25, 2015

University of Cincinnati students will volunteer to drive older adults as part of a pilot program called Driving Community Connections.

CINCINNATI, Ohio – University of Cincinnati students may receive credit for driving older adults in a pilot project that will provide transportation to the elderly.

The university has partnered with the Independent Transportation Network of Greater Cincinnati for a program that may expand to other universities.

Cincinnati is the only city in Ohio currently in the network, in which volunteer drivers provide door-to-door services for adults who have paid dues to the non-profit organization.

The program, Driving Community Connections, is supported by the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Board of Regents.

This semester, UC students who volunteer can take a one credit hour online elective course to learn more about the aging process. Ohio Department of Aging staff will participate in class webinars.

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