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Social Work was recently listed as one of the top five "hot hiring potential" careers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2012).  The job growth for social work is projected to be at least 16% in the next decade according to the Department of Labor Statistics. And a BSW is the only undergraduate human service degree that allows for licensing upon graduation.

As a Social Work professional you will discover endless career opportunities. You can have a rewarding and satisfying job helping others improve their lives, their families and their communities! 

Enroll in Avila's CSWE accredited BSW program and become "the change you want to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi) Avila's program has a reputation for excellence in social work education in the Kansas City region and beyond. 

Click here for testimonials from three social workers who are currently in the field and share their experiences.

Click here to read more about past recipients of the Dorothy Gallagher Award and the Outstanding Social Work Student Award.


                 CLASS OF 2015 


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  Gina Franken

Prior to attending Avila University, Gina attended Longview College where she received an Associate of Arts degree.  Gina chose Avila after reviewing the challenging, highly accredited and strongly recommended program.  Upon admission, Gina received academic scholarships, including the Avila Transfer Achievement Award.


Before choosing Social Work, Gina reviewed many other major options.  These include: education, physical therapy and occupational therapy.  After looking at what each of these majors have in common, Gina decided what she really wanted to do was help people.  The Social Work motto described perfectly what she strived to do; thus, she chose Social Work.


In the spring of 2015, Gina will be traveling to India with the Social Work department.  She looks forward to this endeavor and hopes that it can provide her with more education on cultural competency and social justice in other parts of the world.


After graduation, Gina is contemplating going to Park University or Kansas University to obtain a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW).  She is interested in hospital social work at the clinical level.







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