The John Robert Kernodle Senior Center has been chosen as a North Carolina Senior Center of Excellence by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services in cooperation with NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Following a year in review of research, evaluation and programming by Center staff, the Kernodle Center has been officially certified as a Center of Excellence. The announcement came after a site visit on April 12th by represenatives from the sponsoring agencies.
For information on the Center of Excellence program please read below.
During 1998-99 the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services launched a new initiative designed to enhance the operation and programming of senior centers. With the help of a State Task Force, the Division identified a model with two tiers: The Center of Merit and the Center of Excellence.
The task force then developed a certification process known as SCOPE, Senior Center Operations and Program Evaluation. This Self-Assessment Tool and Score Guide is used to measure centers for merit or excellence or defines areas where improvement is needed in order to qualify for such designation. Two centers volunteered to pilot the model concept during August, 1999, and both received recognition as Senior Centers of Excellence. These centers are the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Rowan County, Salisbury, NC and the Chatham County Senior Center and Council on Aging, Pittsboro, NC. Since this time, 32 more centers have reached "Excellence" status and 17 have achieved the level of Center of Merit. These centers are listed in the Senior Center Directory Such on the NC Division of Aging web site. Designation allows a center to be recognized as a viable, fundable, and qualified provider of services within the community and will afford them the right to describe themselves as state-certified Center of Merit or Excellence in their literature, grant applications, and marketing materials. Certification will also eliminate the need for future HCCBG Standards monitoring. In Fiscal Year 2004-2005 all certified centers received additional funding for monies allocated by the General Assembly.
For more information on the John Robert Kernodle Center please call 336.222.5030.