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Brescia University receives $500K grant to expand social work program

Will construct new building, hire faculty

OWENSBORO, Ky. (May 8, 2017) — Brescia University has received a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to expand and support the continued growth of the Marilyn Younger-Conley School of Social Work.

next-logo-300x149Funds will help construct a new academic building that will house the School of Social Work, to grow endowment funds and to hire faculty to fully launch the new Master of Social Work program.

Enrollment in Brescia’s School of Social Work has grown 800 percent over the past eight years. Expansion will allow Brescia to produce hundreds more qualified graduates annually.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor reported in 2014 that the need for social workers will grow by 12 percent before 2024; specifically, the necessity of mental health, substance abuse and healthcare social workers will grow by 19 percent.

The construction project will provide space and place for the 15 plus full-time faculty members who lead the programs, modern technology-based classrooms for hybrid and blended course offerings, and a digital studio for innovative learning that will facilitate cutting edge teaching and learning techniques for online and traditional learners.

The $500,000 grant will support building construction, a federal matching grant for technology maintenance and social work program expansion costs.

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