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					California Social Work Education Center
MISSION
The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a partnership between the schools of social work, public human service agencies, and other professional organizations that facilitate the integration of social work education practice and value to assure effective, culturally competent service delivery and leadership to alleviate negative human conditions, such as racism and poverty, for the people of California.

GOALS
CalSWEC advances its mission through the following goals:
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Recruiting and preparing a diverse group of social workers for careers in public human service with special emphasis on child welfare; Defining and operationalizing a continuum of social work education and training; Engaging in research and evaluation of best practices in social work; Advocating for responsive social policies and appropriate resources; and

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Exploring other models and structures of operation that provide maximum opportunity for accomplishing CalSWEC's mission.

Source: California Social Education Center 1999 Annual Report

CalSWEC PART TIME WHAT is CALSWEC?
Funded by Federal Title IV-E dollars, CalSWEC is a program of financial assistance for students interested in pursuing a career in public child welfare. This is linked to a curriculum developed jointly by education and professionals in public child welfare practice. The part time CalSWEC program is limited to current county and state Department of Social Services employees. Each part-time CalSWEC student recipient receives reimbursement for tuition, fees, costs for required books, and a travel allowance for each day of class or field work.

CALSWEC RECIPIENT EXPECTATIONS
• Recipients must complete the part-time model in the California, Youth & Family Concentration to which they were accepted and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. • First year field must be completed in an agency that work directly with IV-E eligible children.

• Second year field must be completed in their host public child welfare agency with a focus on either direct practice or administration (in an area other than where they work.) • Recipients must complete a specialized child welfare curriculum which includes an elective course in child welfare, attend required meetings and complete a thesis/final project with a focus on child welfare. • CalSWEC recipients are not eligible to purse the PPS credential program while in the MSW program. • Recipients participating in the program sign a contract to return to their home agency to render one year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment for each year of FVE educational support, at a level appropriate to a new MSW in public child welfare.

How Do I Apply?
To apply for the CalSWEC award, one must first be admitted to CSULB Department of Social Work in one of the part time models of the Children, Youth and Family Concentration.
Next, incoming students must attend a CalSWEC information meeting held in late spring after students are admitted and prior to fall enrollment. A written application is required including information regarding past work experiences in public child welfare, and other experience related to work with at risk children. Applicants are required to answer a series of four questions in writing. These questions relate to the student's thoughtful planning regarding their graduate studies, their commitment to, and understanding of, public child welfare. Applicants must have a letter of support from the director (or designate) of their county's child welfare services. The CalSWEC Awards Committee selects recipients. Students are notified in the summer.

WHAT ABOUT FULL-TIME STUDENTS?
Public Child Welfare employees may participate if they are on educational leave. For more details see the CalSWEC Full-time brochure.

CalSWEC MISSION STATEMENT
The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a partnership between the schools of social work, public human service agencies, and other related professional organizations that facilitate the integration of education and practice to assure effective, culturally competent service delivery to the people of California For further information: Contact
Joy Rubin, CalSWEC Project Coordinator at (562) 985-5652 or jrubin@csulb.edu

or visit us on the web at: www.csulb.edu/depts/socialwk/

CalSWEC Full Time Stipend Program
What is CalSWEC?
Funded by Federal Title IV-E dollars, the California Center for Social Work Education (CalSWEC) provides full-time MSW students, seeking careers in public child welfare, with financial support. Each full-time CalSWEC recipient receives $18,500 per academic year for a total of $37,000 over the 2 year full-time program through a Title IV-E stipend.

How Do I Apply?
• To apply for the CalSWEC stipend, one must first be admitted to the CSULB MSW fulltime program in the Children, Youth and Family Concentration. • Next, incoming students are invited to attend a CalSWEC information meeting held in late spring after students have been admitted and prior to fall enrollment. • A written application is required including information regarding past work experiences in public child welfare, and other experience related to at risk children.
• After submission of the written application, the student is invited to an oral interview conducted by a CalSWEC field faculty panel.

• The CalSWEC Awards Committee selects recipients. Students are notified in the summer.
Priority is given to current county and state Department of Social Services employees and applicants who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by child welfare agencies in California. Current employees must be on educational leave during the academic year.

What About Part-Time Students?
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Only current employees of CWS, DSS, or CDSS may participate in the part-time CalSWEC tuition reimbursement program. (For details see Part-time CalSWEC brochure).

• Recipients commit to a minimum of 2 years full-time paid employment in a public child welfare agency following their graduation.

• Recipients must complete the 2 year full-time model in the Children, Youth & Family Concentration and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. • First year field must be completed in an agency that works directly with IV-E eligible children. • Second year field must be completed in a public child welfare agency with a focus on either direct practice or administration. • Recipients must complete a specialized child welfare curriculum which includes coursework, seminars and thesis. • CalSWEC recipients are not eligible to pursue the PPS credential program while in the MSW program.

Is There A "Payback?"
Yes! Students who receive this assistance "payback" the stipend with two years of employment at any public child welfare agency in California. A career in public child welfare offers outstanding marketability & diverse opportunities for promotion and career growth.

CALSWEC MISSION STATEMENT The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) is a partnership between the schools of social work, public human service agencies, and other related professional organizations that facilitate the integration of education and practice to assure effective, culturally competent service delivery to the people of California

For further information: Contact
Joy Rubin, CalSWEC Project Coordinator at (562) 985-5652 or jrubin@csulb.edu

or visit us on the web at: www.csulb.edu/depts/socialwk/