New UCF program will offer Osceola County social workers the chance to earn a master’s degree in their field while remaining in their community.
Beginning August 2010, the University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs will be offering classes for its new three-year Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree program in Osceola County. Designed for working professionals, the program will meet twice a week at UCF’s satellite campus in Kissimmee, Florida.
Dr. Michael Frumpkin, Dean of the college and a member of the Family Services of Metro Orlando Medical Advisory Board, was instrumental in the establishment of this new opportunity. When he noticed that Osceola social workers would have to make the hour-long drive from Kissimmee to Orlando several times a week to earn a MSW degree from the main campus, he began to advocate for the program to be offered at the Kissimmee campus as well.
Now, Marixa Salgado – a recruiter for the program and the wife of Family Services of Metro Orlando’s Foster Parent Liaison, Victor Salgado – believes strongly that this program presents a valuable opportunity for Osceola County social workers.
“Approximately 40 people have already signed up for the program, which is even more than we expected,” said Salgado. “We are excited about being able to improve the accessibility of this program to Osceola County residents.”