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King University Offers Free Summer Course in Social Work at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center; Registration Now Open

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 3, 2016 – King University is partnering with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., to offer a free bachelor’s level course in Social Work this summer. The free course, Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Social Work, will take place over the course of five-Tuesday evenings beginning July 19, 2016.

“This course is a great introduction for both prospective social work students, as well as other students,” says Jodi Helbert, program coordinator and assistant professor of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at King. “This is a required course in King’s Bachelor of Social Work program, which all BSW students must take. This free course provides a glimpse into the inner workings of social work. Our hope is that students will continue in King’s BSW program, either in the traditional format or one night per week through the Graduate, Professional, and Online Studies (GPS) program.”

The BSW program provides graduates with a foundation grounded in research, theory, and practice and is enhanced by an in-depth examination and reflection of the complexities of the human condition. Social workers help individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The King BSW program supplies you with the tools and training to help. The program incorporates an extensive supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings.

King University has recently received reaffirmation of accreditation for the University’s Bachelor of Social Work program through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program, with 40 consecutive years of continuous accreditation, is fully accredited through 2024.

Students participating in the free summer Social Work course will receive full course credit. Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Social Work will begin on Tuesday, July 19 and conclude on Tuesday, Aug. 16. To register, contact King University’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or Visit for additional information on King’s Bachelor of Social Work program.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.