TJC, SFA Sign Social Work Degree Agreement
Officials of Tyler Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University today signed an agreement to make getting a college degree in social work easier for Tyler area students.
Beginning with the Spring 2005 semester, SFA social work courses will be offered at TJC’s main campus. The agreement between the two institutions will enable TJC students to enroll in SFA social work classes offered at TJC.
TJC President Dr. William R. Crowe and Dr. Tito Guerrero III, president of SFA, signed the agreement in a ceremony at TJC’s White Administrative Services Center.
Students enrolled in lower-level courses in general education and social work at TJC will be permitted to enroll in upper-level courses offered by SFA and will earn academic credit that can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at SFA.
Both SFA and TJC acknowledge the value of a seamless educational degree program between the institutions, as well as the convenience of offering SFA courses at the TJC campus.
"The College of Applied Arts and Sciences is pleased to be able to extend the opportunity for students to pursue the BSW degree in the Tyler area," said Dr. James Standley, dean of the College of Applied Arts and Sciences at SFA. "We are excited about the partnership that has been established between Tyler Junior College and SFA for the purpose of extending this program from the School of Social Work to the TJC campus and prepare career-ready graduates for our region."
Dr. Crowe said the degree plan fills a need and extends TJC’s partnership with SFA. The two colleges also are partners in a horticulture science degree plan with upper-level courses being taught by SFA faculty for students enrolled at TJC.
"This will allow our students studying in social work to continue their studies without the commute to Nacogdoches and it will encourage those students considering a career in social work to continue with that passion," said Dr. Crowe.
There are approximately 60 students studying at TJC with a desire to pursue a career in social work.
There are 28 colleges and universities in Texas accredited to offer bachelor’s degrees in social work from the Council on Social Work Education. The nearest bachelor’s degree provider to Tyler is SFA.
It is anticipated that six hours of SFA course work will be provided under this program in the spring 2005 semester.
Fred M. Peters