UND and SBC partner on social work degree

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News

Officials with the University of North Dakota (UND) Department of Social Work and Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) are collaborating on a new undergraduate social work degree.

On June 28, 2012, UND President Robert Kelley and SBC President Laurel Vermillion signed a memorandum of understanding, detailing this important partnership between the two schools. The agreement will allow members of the Standing Rock communities and surrounding area to enroll in an accredited UND undergraduate social work program at SBC, taught by UND faculty.

To be eligible for the degree program, a candidate must have completed an associate degree at SBC or be at the junior level in college credit hours. Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible for a Bachelor of Science in social work (BSSW) from UND and qualify to become licensed social workers.

The SBC classes will be taught by UND faculty on Friday afternoons and all day on Saturdays, six times per semester. Two classes will be offered each semester for five to six semesters, allowing part-time enrollment and, thus, the ability for enrolled students to continue their employment.

UND also will provide an onsite advisor each semester to assist students with academic program planning. Students must be admitted to UND and enrolled through the university to be eligible for financial aid and degree completion.

The social work degree program at UND is fully accredited by Council on Social Work Education, and all graduates are required to fulfill UND’s graduation requirements.

For more information about the program or enrollment procedure contact Dr. Kenneth Flanagan, UND BSSW program director, (701) 777-3769, kenneth. flanagan@und.edu, or Dr. Koreen Ressler, SBC vice president of academics at (701) 854-8001, koreenr@sbci.edu.

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