Social Work (SWKE.S.AA)
- Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
- Department: Social Work
Social Work is a profession for people who want to help those in need to overcome difficulties and improve their lives. The Associate of Arts in Social Work is dedicated to students wishing to transfer to a four year university in Social Work or a related field. With an associate’s, students can begin working in the field as paraprofessionals in social service settings. Social Work will provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to help people with a wide range of issues including psychological/mental health, behavioral, financial, health, relationships, and substance abuse problems. At the Associate’s level, students complete practicum and service learning opportunities and explore skills related to advocacy and case management as well as skills related to working with multicultural client populations. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate.Social Work is a helping profession which aims to assist individuals, families, and larger groups; as well as targeting the social problems which effect society today. The Department of Labor Statistics shows the job outlook for Social Work is projecting growth in the field of 19% between 2012 and 2022 which is faster than the average growth for other occupations. There is an increased demand for social work in fields such as aging and healthcare. Social Work allows opportunities for licensure and higher education which lead to more open doors for employment in the field. Social Workers are found in almost every facet of society including in the medical field such as hospitals and nursing homes, child welfare, schools, jails, and private practice.