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King University Adds Social Work Program Beginning Fall 2015

Social Work MajorBRISTOL, 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 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 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.