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A faster way to a bachelor’s degree

Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University are working out an agreement to have a social work program on TJC’s campus, in the fall of 2012.  

An articulation greement was made between TJC and SFA to offer students an opportunity to take courses at TJC that leads to a bachelor’s of social work degree, said Stephanie Lassanske, professor in social work/sociology.  An articulation agreement outlines the courses that may be taken as a TJC student to transfer in to BSW program at SFA.

“If student enrollment is sufficient, SFA also offers many of their junior and senior level social work courses on the campus,” Lassanske said.

One of the big amenities that the social work program is offering is that it will be held at TJC.  This will pay a favor for students, who want to be a part of the program but are not able to move to Nacodoches.

In the School of Social Work BSW Program/Tyler Junior College Partnership indicates students completing their field placements (Social Work Practicum) will attend a field instruction seminar one day per week at SFA during the semester.  

Lassanske said, “since SFA social work courses are taught on the TJC campus, TJC offers as much support as possible to students that will enhance their opportunities for academic success.”

Some students are excited about the program being offered and are hoping to make a difference.

Social Work major Cacy Legnion said, “My initial decision was made from wanting to get involved in a community that needed help.  I’m hoping to get into the probation, which is an area that desperately needs dedicated men and women.”  

BSW Director, Dr. Sam Copeland said students will be taught on the TJC campus by SFA instructors.  “This program gives students the opportunity to transition over to the BSW work program and take higher level courses on TJC campus,” said Copeland.

Copeland also said that it’s no surprise that junior colleges and universities have these sort of affiliations, because students want to further there education after they receive their associates degree and this program does exactly that.  

For additional information, contact Dr. Sam Copeland at socialwork@sfasu.edu or Stephanie Lassanske at slas@tjc.edu.


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