The College of St. Scholastica is expanding its bachelor of arts in social work program, and will now offer a spring cohort at Mesa Community College. Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Jan. 17.
Marcia Runnberg-Valadez, undergraduate Arizona Social Work program faculty and program director, will manage the spring cohort. Runnberg-Valadez has been a social work professor at St. Scholastica for more than 20 years.
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 documentation, the program is ranked well above the national average.
“We are happy to strengthen our partnership with Mesa Community College and fulfill the need for social work education in the Phoenix community,” said Runnberg-Valadez. “It is apparent in these times of poverty, violence, fear, and neglect, that the social work profession is needed now more than ever. It’s one of the fastest-growing professions and one of the most versatile. The work certainly promises a life with purpose and of great value.”
Students can apply for the Arizona Social Work Scholarship for 15 percent off tuition costs. Pairs of students who enroll together could qualify for the college’s $1,000 Study Buddy Scholarship.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 19. For more information about the social work program and other offerings, call 623-694-0984 or visit http://www.css.edu/arizona. For details on Mesa Community College, visit http://www.mesacc.edu/.