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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. 

Why choose an Avila BSW?

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

Avila 2013 Social Work

Award Winners



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





Penny Clodfelter, LCSW, LMSW, Program Manager at the Kansas City

Family & Juvenile Drug Court, was awarded the 2013 Field Instructor of the Year at the Social Work Senior Colloquium.  Pictured left to right - Senior Tina Johnson, her Field Instructor Penny Clodfelter, Assistant Director of Field Education, Corinne Kritikos, and Director of Field Education, Lindee Petersen Wilson.


Karen Rowinski '06 (center) receives the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 2013 Avila Alumni Award from Dr. Ron Slepitza and Lindee Petersen Wilson, Assistant Professor of Social Work.