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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013

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Brockport and Nazareth Forge Partnership with Jefferson Community College

Unique collaborative brings master's program in social work to Watertown

BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, and Nazareth College have teamed with Jefferson Community College to bring their highly successful master's of social work program to Watertown, NY.

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work (GRC MSW) program will be offered at the Jefferson Higher Education Center.

The Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work (GRC MSW) program focuses on the delivery of collaborative, community-based practice using an integrative practice model that stresses a strengths-based, empowerment-oriented, interdisciplinary teamwork approach to social work practice.

The program’s focus on community based practice is unique in its emphasis on leadership in interdisciplinary teamwork across social systems. The GRC MSW program prepares competent, advanced social work practitioners to address the anti-violence, women’s health, child welfare, aging and poverty challenges through community collaboration, partnership and empowerment.

The two programs to be offered on Jefferson’s campus in Watertown are an advanced standing program and a 60-credit program, both of which will be offered part-time. The advanced standing program, beginning in the fall of 2013, is for the applicant who has received a bachelor's degree in social work from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program within the past eight years. The successful candidate completes a 36-credit program part-time in five semesters. The 60-credit program, beginning in the fall of 2014, is for the applicant who does not have a bachelor's degree in social work (or for someone who has not met the criteria for advanced standing). That program is completed in four years part-time.

An information session for interested students to learn more about the GRC-MSW program will be held on Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room E-114 of the Extended Learning Center at Jefferson Community College. Additional information, including program prerequisites, is available online.

“We are pleased to help fill an unmet need for human services in the region,” said Brockport president John R. Halstead. “This is a terrific example of how public institutions of higher education can and should team with each other, and with our colleagues at private institutions, to leverage our collective strengths in an effort to bolster the communities we serve.” Since the collaborative program’s inception in 2000, more than 400 students have completed the M.S.W. and nearly 140 students are currently enrolled in the program.

“Nazareth College’s social work department has an outstanding reputation for collaboration which has provided the Rochester region with effective and caring professionals for decades,” said Nazareth president Daan Braveman. “Partnering with Jefferson Community College allows us to extend our reach to the North Country region and continue to build on our proven strengths of educating and training the next generation of health care professionals for this region and beyond.”

“This is yet another wonderful Jefferson Higher Education Center partnership forged for the benefit of the North Country community,” said Jefferson president Carole A. McCoy. “With the addition of the M.S.W. program, we can now provide a complete educational pathway for those just starting out as well as for seasoned professionals in the human services field, beginning with Jefferson’s associate of science degree in human services, leading to the bachelor’s completion program in social work offered by Keuka College at the Higher Education Center, and now the master’s program offered by The College at Brockport's collaboration with Nazareth College.”

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