By Victor Minnone
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College held a career counseling session about the Rutgers University bachelor of arts in social work program April 14 in Connector Room 101.
Susan Higgins, the program’s assistant director, informed students about career paths and provided assistance to students interested in the social work program.
Students interested in the degree must apply to the university before applying to the social work program. They must be honest about their honor statement, because the university will conduct a background check after they apply. They must have two recommendations from professors and one from a professional. Higgins recommended they take two lighter math classes to become exempt from the Rutgers math placement test to avoid having to take remedial classes.
“The application can be found online and only online. Nothing can be done in paper and pencil,” Higgins stated.
Students will start in the fall semester only.
“The program addresses work with special populations including the poor, the oppressed and other at-risk groups. Participants are expected to acquire the knowledge base, professional ethics, values and skills to work effectively within individual, family, group, organizational and community levels of practice. The program also prepares students for graduate study in social work,” according to the Rutgers bachelor of arts in social work brochure.
To become a certified social worker, a person must have a master’s degree from an accredited university. The Rutgers master’s program can be taken online. The undergraduate classes cannot be taken online.
The degree is offered on the New Brunswick campus through the School of Arts and Sciences and on the Camden campus through the College of Arts and Sciences.
“The presentation was very smooth and informative. The speaker answered all of my questions effectively,” said Lindy Gilbert, a Camden County College student.
The Rutgers School of Social Work is at 217 N. 6th St., Camden, N.J. 08102. For more information on the social work program call Higgins at 856-225-6347 or 856-225-6155.