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“This is not a rite of passage, but rather an effort earned and successfully achieved by our graduating students,” Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work and Counseling, said during the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling pinning ceremony May 2 in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center.
Eastridge said the school is producing 55 graduates this semester.
“The Carver School and its mission is to prepare Christian servant leaders, and we are so proud of the graduates and alumni that we have currently in the field of social work and counseling,” she said.
Sarah Yates of Lebanon received a master’s of social work degree.
In working toward this degree, Eastridge said the honorees took care of children, parents, homes, held public jobs, worked in field placements, mission work, church work and had a student life.
“Their commitment to complete this degree is remarkable and it demonstrates their passion toward changing the world,” she said.
The Public Child Welfare Certification Program Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services partners with 11 universities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which includes Campbellsville University, Dr. Michelle Tucker, associate professor of social work, said.
“It’s a unique program where those that want to go into child welfare work and not only get their bachelor’s of social work, but can also simultaneously train to go directly into that position upon graduation,” she said.
Tucker said it was a competitive position. In addition to benefits, the position entails instate tuition assistance, a stipend and a promise to work for Kentucky for two years.