Donna Fitzsimmons, Department Chair
The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Social Work prepares students to transfer as a junior to a four-year institution in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work. Social workers are professionals who are specially trained to work with people to provide a variety of services to individuals, families, groups or even communities. Social workers are employed in many different settings including schools, corrections, victims programs, child welfare, nursing homes, foster care agencies, domestic violence shelters and homeless programs.
This program introduces students to the field of social work and includes general education requirements as well as specific courses in the area of social work. The courses included in this program are part of an articulation agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo. Upon transfer to CSU-Pueblo, students who have earned the AA degree with an emphasis in social work will be ready to apply for admission to the social work program.
Students interested in the field of social work should be aware that social workers must adhere to a strict code of ethics and values that are meant to protect the dignity and worth of clients and the profession. Social work students should be prepared to challenge their own attitudes, values and beliefs in order to be successful in the field.