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Fort Collins, Colorado – January 12, 2010 –U.S. Career Institute (USCI) is now taking enrollments for its new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Social Work. The distance-education 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 USCI’s list of AAS degree offerings in Accounting, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Merchandising, Financial Services Management, Health Information Management, Human Resources and Marketing. Each program contains four self-paced semesters of career-focused content. And each 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 program. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections (2006 to 2016) show job growth for social and human services assistants rising 34%. “Jobs will be there for trained social-work assistants,” says Ann Rohr, president of USCI. “Many vulnerable populations, including those of the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, are growing. Well-trained assistants will be needed to provide services to the disadvantaged in both 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. USCI’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 positions in areas such as case management, community support, mental health assistance, life skills instruction and gerontology aid.
“USCI primes AAS-Social Work students for success,” says president Rohr. “They can complete the program quickly or take up to a year on each of the four semesters. That kind of flexibility allows a student to fit an education into an active life.”
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. USCI’s goal is to equip its AAS-Social Work graduates with that edge.
U.S. Career Institute 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 McKinley College. 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. U.S. Career Institute 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 (800) 347-7899 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.
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