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The College of St. Scholastica celebrates its community partners


The College of St. Scholastica’s increasing impact on the community will be on full display at an appreciation luncheon tomorrow, April 25, at Mesa Community College.

The college, which is headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, launched its first social work cohort in fall 2015. Students immediately started making a difference and gaining experiential learning through immersive partnerships with local nonprofits and social service agencies. During Tuesday’s invitation-only luncheon, St. Scholastica will show its appreciation to its partners.

“We are so humbled and excited about the many ways that our students are already getting involved in the community,” said Maria Laughner, executive director of St. Scholastica’s Arizona campus. “We’re grateful to our many nonprofit partners who have provided our students with priceless experiential learning opportunities. These experiences shape our students into capable practitioners who graduate with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace on Day 1.”

For example, one of St. Scholastica’s social work students, Amber King, completed her field assignment with the Valle del Sol community health facility, and was then offered a full-time position as a recovery coach and IOPSA (Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program) facilitator. Immersive learning experiences are a win-win, Laughner said, providing assistance to the agencies, experience to the students, and a direct pipeline to future careers.

The day’s activities start at 10 a.m. with a session on field orientation for the attending organizations. Participants will learn about the student placement process, required documentation, field practicum competencies and common student issues. Then, during lunch, starting at around 11:30 a.m., St. Scholastica students will provide presentations on their recently completed practicums.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 in room LB 145 at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. Guests are asked to RSVP at go.css.edu/AZ-SWK. Contact Laughner with questions at mlaughner@css.edu or 602-603-1574.

Participating agencies include Catholic Charities, Tumbleweed, Southwest Human Development, Devereux, Maricopa County, Turn a New Leaf, Valle del Sol, Hacienda, International Rescue Committee, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, The Marc Center, and many more.

St. Scholastica offers one of the only bachelor of arts in social work programs in Greater Phoenix that’s designed to meet the needs of working adults. With 570 hours of field experience and a curriculum that emphasizes professional development, the program is ranked well above the national average. Its first cohort of social work students graduates this spring. A commencement ceremony will be May 15 in the Mesa Community College Theatre. For more information, visit css.edu/arizona.

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