KAHULUI, Hawai`i – Maui County residents with an associates degree or equivalent now have the opportunity to enroll in a UH Manoa Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) online degree program starting in Fall 2018, and take a UH Maui College prerequisite class starting in Spring 2018.

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In anticipation of the BSW degree rollout in Fall 2018, UH Maui College Human Services Program Coordinator Lee Stein will be teaching HSER 290V: The Field of Social Work – the required prerequisite course to enroll in the program. The deadline to submit applications for spring at UH Maui College is Dec. 15, 2017.

“Maui County’s workforce has been in need of a degree directly linked to employment opportunities in human services and social work for a very long time,” Stein said. “There is a great need for baccalaureate-level social workers in the areas of youth and family services, homelessness, aging, substance abuse, mental health, community health and child welfare, among others.”

The BSW degree provides a foundation of the social work knowledge, values and skills needed to provide effective services, promote social justice and increase community well-being. Given the multicultural nature of our state, special attention is given to Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Asian communities of Hawaii and the Pacific Region.

The degree also provides a clear path to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program that has been available via distance education at UH Maui College for many years.

For more information on the BSW program contact Mike DeMattos, BSW Chair at UH Manoa School of Social Work at mdmattos@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-6135, or Jill Sur at sur@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-9447.

To enroll in the Field of Social Work course in Spring, contact lstein@hawaii.edu or (808) 984-3338.

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