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BRISTOL, Tenn., March 31, 2015 – King University has added Social Work to its list
of more than 80 degree programs offered by the University. The new degree program
will begin in August with the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Beginning with the spring 2015 semester, and with approval from the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Council on Social
Work Education (CSWE), King University received students from the recently closed
Virginia Intermont College (VI) through a teach-out agreement. This agreement allowed
VI students to complete their Social Work degree program at King University.
“It is wonderful that King University has been able to fill the gap felt by VI’s closure,”
says Jodi Helbert, program coordinator for King’s Bachelor of Social Work program.
“There is a huge disparity in the number of programs available throughout this region.
Without this new program, students may not be able to receive their Bachelor of Social
Work degree but also the surrounding communities would suffer from not having access
to competent and qualified social workers.”
Beginning fall 2015, King will begin its own Social Work program with approval through
SACSCOC and CSWE. The program will prepare students for entry-level, generalist professional
social work practice or admission into a Master of Social Work program.
The four-year program provides graduates with theoretical and practical skills required
to work as professional social workers, and includes a generalist knowledge base that
examines human behavior and complex social interactions. With a generalist approach
to preparation, social workers help individuals, families, groups, and communities
to resolve problems and improve their capacity for social functioning. Social work
practice utilizes a social and economic justice framework, counseling and advocacy
skills, and emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers that may be experienced
by individuals, families, or groups. The program incorporates extensive supervised
professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Social Work degree are equipped to work in numerous fields
that may include, but certainly are not limited to careers in health care, mental
health care, child welfare, medical social work, human services agencies, gerontology/aging,
substance abuse, criminal justice/juvenile justice/corrections, school social work,
government agencies at the city, state, and federal levels, non-profit and non-governmental
agencies, developmental disabilities, law/legal representatives, research, and teaching.
“With God’s guidance, everything has fallen into place for us to not only offer the
VI students the teach-out program, but also to offer the Bachelor of Social Work as
a full degree program at King moving forward,” said Helbert.
Contact Jodi Helbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.652.4714 for more information on the Bachelor of Social Work degree program
at King University.
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 www.king.edu. 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, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.