Grace: Another way to be a Murlene
benefited from one program aimed at developing talent in rural areas.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha has tried to address a social worker shortage through an off-campus master’s in social work program aimed at residents of central and western Nebraska. Since it launched in 2004, about 60 Nebraskans have gotten their degrees that way.
An M.S.W. offers a range of job possibilities from administrative (think Health and Human Services boss) to therapeutic (think therapist). About 20 enroll each time for the two-year program. The courses are done in conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
It offers two tracks: One for students who have a bachelor’s degree already in social work and one for students who do not.
Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of UNO’s Grace Abbott School of Social Work, said this is a way to retain and bolster talent from rural areas.
“Its’ wonderful students are from the area and want to stay there,” she said.