Interest in BSW Degree Program for Adults Explored

Already known for its programs in business and education for working adults, William Woods University is now exploring the possibility of providing a social work degree-completion program in the evenings.

Three informational meetings are scheduled in mid-Missouri to determine the amount of interest in such a program. They will be held April 13 at 3405 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City; April 15 at 3100 Falling Leaf Court, Columbia, and April 22 at Pelfrey Hall on the Central Christian College of the Bible campus, 911 E. Urbandale Dr., Moberly. All will begin at 6 p.m.

“During the past year, many working adults in the social service field have approached the social work department at William Woods University with the desire to further their education. For many, however, a traditional, on-campus program is incompatible with their employment and personal responsibilities,” Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, director of WWU’s social work program, said.

She believes William Woods can offer a solution through an evening, accelerated learning program leading to a bachelor in social work (BSW).

The proposed program would be aimed at students who have already completed 50 to 60 college credits. Participating students would take one class at a time in six- to eight-week sessions, meeting one evening a week year round for approximately two years.

“During a time when many social service agencies are being called on to serve so many in need with fewer resources, the plea for well trained social workers has never been greater,” Jacobs-Kenner said. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer committed adult learners with the opportunity to finish their degree.”

For more information, contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program at 1-800-995-3199 or by e-mail at