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School of Social Work Hosts Open House

November 15, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 15, 2011 -- The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW) will hold an open house for prospective graduate students on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, from 4 to 6 p.m., at its facilities at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield.

Springfield College SSW offers a master of social work weekend program that students can complete in three years, and also a two-year full-time program with classes two days per week. The combined master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law. The SSW also offers an advanced standing master of social work program for qualified graduates of bachelor of social work programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Since September 2011, the SSW has also offered courses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., on weekends, for the convenience of students from central Massachusetts. The school has had an increasing number of applicants from the greater Worcester area in recent years, where the demand for certified social workers has continuously risen.

According to Springfield College SSW Dean Francine J. Vecchiolla, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment of social workers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. Our master of social work program offers a single concentration in advanced generalist practice, which is ideal preparation for direct practice, group work, community development and organization, and administration in a wide variety of settings including adoption agencies, schools, hospitals, veterans’ services, senior centers, prisons, mental health clinics, military support programs, public social agencies, hospice care and corporations. The school is student centered, community focused, and committed to diversity and cultural competence and to promoting continuous learning.”

At the informal information session, prospective graduate students may meet faculty members and current students, learn about admissions and financial aid, and tour the school’s facilities. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is available by calling the admissions coordinator, at (413) 748-3060.

The Springfield College SSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states. The MSW/JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure and bar examination.

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