Johnson C. Smith University, the historically Black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, has welcomed the first students to enroll in its master of social work degree program. The master of social work is the first graduate degree program offered at the university.
The two-year degree program, which is offered in the evenings, allows students with full-time jobs the opportunity to enroll. Five of the new students holds jobs in the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, which serves the city of Charlotte.
There are 29 students in the inaugural class of the master of social work program. Of the 29 students, 27 are women.
Jeanne Cook, the director of the master of social work program at the university, states that she is “pleased with the diversity of our inaugural class and the breadth of their life experiences. Students will leave our program as culturally competent and creative social workers ready for advanced practice.”