As the demand for social services increases, employers in all sectors need more social workers. There were more than 715,000 social work jobs in 2020. Overall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in social work to grow by 12 percent by 2030 leading to more than 81,000 new jobs. The Social Work Assistant program provides a primary entry point into the social work profession and prepares students for entry level employment in traditional and non-traditional settings and public agencies at the federal, state and local level or in private, and non-profit settings.
Courses, open to full or part-time students, are offered during day and evening sessions, in in-person, hybrid, courses and some online formats. All courses are offered on the Athens campus; some are offered on the Walton County campus. SWA Program Chair and instructors in the program are veteran social workers who have earned their MSW from CSWE accredited schools of social work; some are licensed social workers and all bring years of experience in the field into the classroom to provide a unique learning environment for students. Many students go on to earn their Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) and Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from either in-person or online social work educational programs. Social Work Assistants with additional education have more advancement opportunities.
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Students engage in networking, volunteer work, service learning, campus and community service, leadership opportunities, field trips, and internships placements. Classes are designed to provide engaging discussion and hands-on learning opportunities for students.