Social work 2016 placement orientation
Social work is a rapidly growing and challenging profession that offers you the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, from inmates to ambassadors. Employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When the Social Work program began at Elms College in 1954, there were no bachelor's degrees available in social work nationwide, only master's degree programs. Elms College has recognized the need for trained social work professionals for more than 60 years. We have the oldest accredited undergraduate program of its kind in western Massachusetts and are widely known and respected for graduating outstanding social workers.
We offer both a traditional and weekend program to meet the growing demand for social workers, as well as degree completion programs on the campuses of Springfield Technical Community College, Greenfield Community College, and at Berkshire Community College. This provides an option for students who work, or are in situations that do not permit attendance in the traditional day program.
Our program stands alone because of our emphasis on experiential learning, which complements your in-class work, challenges you to employ the skills you have learned, and prepares you for life after Elms. We offer opportunities for full-time internships, independent research, and presentations at professional conferences. Our students lead and participate in community service programs locally and nationally.
Upon completion of the Elms College social work degree, you are eligible to take the Massachusetts exam to become a licensed social worker. We offer a preparation course for the exam. The majority of our graduates secure jobs in social work upon–or before–graduation. Many of our graduates choose to continue their education and complete a master's degree.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.