St. Cloud State bringing social workers back to school

Thursday, April 10, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Workplace or volunteer experience is required for acceptance in the master’s degree in social work program introduced this year by St. Cloud State University.  The program, the first in Central Minnesota, is designed to prepare bachelor’s degree holders with two years of social service or volunteer experience for leadership in human services organizations.

Accordingly, classes needed to complete the master’s in social work are offered from 3-8:45 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.  “That makes it doable even if you’re working,” said Jennifer Mages, currently employed as a rehabilitation counselor in Wadena, Minn.  Mages, from Belgrade, Minn., is planning a career in rural social work.

The program trains students to work in all areas of social work practice and emphasizes work with vulnerable individuals and families in changing communities.  Career opportunities include mental health settings, hospitals, clinics, domestic violence agencies, child welfare agencies, employee assistance programs and court systems.   

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Information contact:  Assistant Professor of Social Work Elizabeth Talbot, 320-308-3139.

Student contact:  Jennifer Mages, 320-308-3139, cell 320-894-6813.

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