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Posted on: June 11, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Seton Hill University looking for Veterans/Dependents for Social Work Program


You probably realize that your deployment has given you a lot of useful skills. You are a good listener, you have dealt with trauma of all kinds, and you care about your brothers and sisters in uniform. These are some of the ingredients of an effective social worker.

There is a growing need in the US for military social workers (as well as social workers in many other areas of practice). Social workers listen, deal with others’ trauma and pain, and care about the people they work with. Most of the behavioral health services in the US are provided by social workers, and the need for social workers, both nationally and in Pennsylvania, is growing fast; the Department of Labor estimates that employment of social workers is expected to grow by 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry projects the same rate of growth for social workers in Pennsylvania. And Seton Hill has the only social work program in Westmoreland County.

You can obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work at Seton Hill in four years, and possibly fewer if you already have AP or college courses to transfer in. The program is nationally recognized and fully accredited.

Seton Hill is a Military Friendly School that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program; Seton Hill is also ranked a Best School for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

And with a master’s degree in social work (MSW) you will have options to work in a variety of well-paying positions in military social work or social work with veterans.

Seton Hill University has an agreement with the University of Southern California, whose MSW program specializes in military social work. Students graduating in social work from Seton Hill are considered for priority admissions review at USC, are eligible for advanced standing (which means you can get your MSW in less than two years), and are eligible for up to $10,000 in scholarship aid.

The program at Seton Hill:
• is very hands on, with a strong emphasis on direct practice.
• features small classes, with teaching adapted to your learning style.

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