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Social Work Student Receives Scholarship and Recognition

The Dominican College Social Work Program is proud to announce that Kathryn Wiegard  (BSW Class of 2013) has been selected by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Social Work Education Consortium as one of the 2012-13 BSW Child Welfare Scholarship Program recipients.  As a recipient Ms. Wiegard will receive a $10,000 scholarship while she completes her senior year field education internship at the Dutchess County Department of Social Services, Child Welfare Unit.  While interning Ms. Wiegard will also attend a weekly child welfare seminar and upon graduation will be offered a position at the agency.  During her two year post graduation commitment, she will be expected to pass the Civil Service Exam in order for the position to became permanent.   Upon passing the exam and completing the two year commitment the recipient is eligible for promotion and additional funding to pursue an MSW. This is a pilot program for students in accredited NYS BSW programs with a goal of bridging education and the child welfare workforce.  In this program everyone wins: the student, the agency and, most importantly, the children served.

Resulting from collaboration between the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the Social Work Education Consortium (SWEC), the scholarship program seeks to address the issues of turnover and retention of child welfare staff. Using video conferencing technology students in the program gather in  satellite classes in Albany, Buffalo,  the Finger Lake region and Poughkeepsie once a week to join a required class and fully interact with Dr. Julie Magnano. With a goal of expanding the network of classrooms and involving the downstate regions, the Dominican College Social Work Program will host a meeting between  NYSOCFS, the SWEC and downstate BSW programs and County Departments of Social Services this fall. It is  the hope of the program to expand the program and establish a regional class at Dominican College. Judith Carbone, an adjunct professor of social work at Dominican, was instrumental in reaching out to the organizations and spearheading Dominican’s involvement. Professor Carbone is an expert in Child Welfare and is both the instructor of the program’s Child Welfare course and the senior year field education coordinator.

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