Social Work Career Success

Why Social Work?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Why Social Work at Champlain?

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares you to help individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities—from a rural to global perspective—overcome life's most difficult challenges.

Social workers interact with a variety of people, including children, families and elders, and in a number of settings:

  • schools
  • community centers
  • mental health centers
  • residential facilities
  • private practice
  • local and federal government
  • military
  • home-based care
  • street outreach work.

The Social Work  major at Champlain College will give you concrete, hands-on tools-and experience applying them-that will set you apart when it comes time to market your degree to a potential employer.

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In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, the Champlain Social Work (BSW) program offers  hands-on learning opportunities that help our students create highly marketable resumes. Highlights include:

  • All members of the Social Work faculty are professionals in their field, which is an essential factor in our students getting the a current, applicable and relevant social work education.
  • Engage in experiences with at-risk populations in the spring of your first year with over 20 hours of community connections through your Social Work class. The neighboring city of Winooski is a national Refugee Resettlement Program site, ensuring a truly diverse intersection of urban and rural populations.
  • Take a leadership position through Student Life and the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, that will strengthen your development as a Social Work professional.
  • Take advantage of service learning trips to locations such as Tanzania, Nicaragua, Uganda, as well as domestic initiatives.
  • Accumulate a minimum of 420 practice hours in one of our many challenging Social Work senior internships.
  • Highlight your academic achievement; qualify for the Rho Omicron Champlain College chapter of the Social Work National Honor Society.

Accelerate Your MSW at Another Institution

Through Champlain's accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), students may apply to be considered for admission to an MSW program to earn a master's degree in one year instead of two. If accepted, students would save a year of tuition costs and get a head start on a career with a higher-level skill set.