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Release: Feb. 20, 2001

UI administrators to update legislators on Siouxland social work degree program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Representatives from the University of Iowa will meet with Sioux City area legislators and community leaders Friday, Feb. 23 to provide an update on the success and future of the UI Master of Social Work (MSW) program currently being delivered in Sioux City. The meeting will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Tri-State Graduate Center, 1520 Morningside Avenue in Sioux City. Members of the media are welcome.

Salome Raheim, director of the UI School of Social Work, will discuss ongoing assessments being conducted to determine whether the MSW program can be extended to a new group of students in Sioux City after the current students complete the program and earn degrees in summer 2002.

In 1999 the UI implemented a three-year part-time program in Sioux City to help alleviate the shortage of qualified professional MSW-level social workers in northwest Iowa. More than 30 students were admitted to the program.

"We want to show the legislators not only that we are meeting a statewide need for advanced training in social work, but that there is a continuing demand for this training in Sioux City," Raheim said. "We already have a list of more than 60 people who have indicated they will apply for spots in our next class."

Assisting the UI School of Social Work in delivering the Siouxland program are the UI Division of Continuing Education, the Tri-State Graduate Center, Briar Cliff College, and an MSW Advisory Committee composed of Siouxland educators as well as administrators and professionals in the field of social work.

Other UI representatives attending the Feb. 23 meeting are Dr. Chet Rzonca, dean of Continuing Education, Robert Jackson, director of the School of Social Work’s off-campus programs, Julia Rembert, who teaches in the Sioux City program, and area students enrolled in the program.