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Crowley to Address St. Johnsbury Campus Graduating Class
Springfield College School of Human Services

August 12, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 12, 2009 -- Karen Crowley, workforce development coordinator for the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department of Health, will give the keynote address at graduation ceremonies at the St. Johnsbury Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at 1 p.m., at North Congregational Church, in St. Johnsbury.

Recognizing completion of studies for 28 graduates of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will be Gary Lacy, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Human Services, based in Springfield, Mass. He will also deliver remarks.

Susan E. Langlois, D.P.E., assistant dean of the school and director of the St. Johnsbury Campus, will deliver a welcome and reflections, and present certificates to graduates. The Burke Brass Quintet will perform.

Crowley will speak about the difference that human services workers make in people’s lives and the special value that adult learners bring to the field. She will also describe the diverse entry-level and advanced career opportunities for human service workers.

In St. Johnsbury, the Springfield College School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services with weekend classes for working adults. Undergraduate students may concentrate in addictions studies or early childhood education, and graduate students may concentrate in mental health counseling or community counseling and psychology.

The St. Johnsbury Campus is one of 11 campuses of the Springfield College School of Human Services. Since the campus opened in 1991, more than 500 students have graduated from its programs.

The school’s curriculum focuses on building the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their community. A hallmark of the program is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it.

Most students complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months including credit for prior learning at other regionally accredited institutions and from life and work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding credit for prior learning.

Other campuses of the Springfield College School of Human Services are located in Springfield and Boston, Mass.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; Houston, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wis.

Springfield College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the undergraduate program of the School of Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

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