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Fort Collins, Colorado – January 12, 2010
– McKinley College is now taking enrollments for its new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Social Work. The 100% online program, which allows students to train for entry-level jobs in the fields of social and human services, offers significant tuition savings over traditional four-year Social Work degree programs. The program joins McKinley’s list of AAS degree offerings in Accounting, Business Management, e-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, Financial Services Management, Health Information Management, Human Resources and Marketing. Each program is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, DC.

An excellent employment outlook awaits graduates of the new AAS-Social Work program. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections (2006 to 2016) show job growth for social and human services assistants rising 34%. “The jobs are out there for trained social-work assistants,” says Ann Rohr, president of McKinley. “Many vulnerable populations, including those of the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, are growing. Well-trained assistants will be required to help those needing care. McKinley’s new degree program will efficiently prepare workers for social-service jobs in the public and private sectors.” 

The AAS degree helps solve a training dilemma in the field of social work. In today’s economy, the traditional entry portal to the profession – a Bachelor of Social Work degree – is out of reach for those who cannot take four years and spend at least $20,000 to earn a BSW. McKinley’s AAS degree can be completed in as little as 16 months and costs approximately $6,000. The degree can make a graduate competitive for ground-floor opportunities in areas such as case management, community support, mental health assistance, life skills instruction and gerontology aid.

The program’s online format supports today’s busy postsecondary student, who is often training while working full-time and/or raising a family. Online classes offer the advantages of at-home instruction, decreased time spent waiting for instructor feedback and lower tuition rates made possible by a cost-efficient electronic classroom. “McKinley’s online instruction primes AAS students for success,” says president Rohr. “Employers ready to hire assistants in social and human services are looking for individuals with an important edge over the rest of the candidate pool: formal introductory training in the field. Through online instruction, our students can equip themselves with that edge in record time.”

McKinley College is one of three schools whose parent company is Weston Distance Learning, Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado). The other two Weston schools are At-Home Professions and U.S. Career Institute. The schools enroll students throughout the country. Weston courses allow students to train at home, in their own time, for employment in fields shown to offer reliable job prospects and sound earning potential. Currently, Weston is launching a new distance education course every few months. Its state approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. McKinley College is approved for GI Bill, VA and DANTES military education benefits. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com/.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, call marketing director Kevin White at (866) 250-7049 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.

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