CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 20, 2001
UI administrators to update legislators on Siouxland social work degree
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
Works off-campus programs, Julia Rembert, who teaches in the Sioux City
program, and area students enrolled in the program.