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Kutztown University to Offer Bachelor of Social Work Program on RACC campus

June 20, 2018

Reading, PA - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU) President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Reading Area Community College (RACC) President Dr. Anna Weitz signed an agreement which will allow Kutztown to teach a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at the Reading Area Community College campus starting in the fall of 2018.

RACC graduates will be able to earn a Bachelor of Social Work from KU in two years through an accelerated program at RACC's campus. In addition to Kutztown's bachelor-level program courses, students will be able to take additional RACC courses to fulfill general education and electives required by the bachelor's degree major. 

"This is an example of the wonderful work Dr. Weitz has done over her years as president," Hawkinson said.  "This partnership provides a quality, low-cost education to citizens of the region, develops partnerships with other institutions, and serves the community by providing well-educated, well-trained graduates who can give back and serve their communities."

"Kutztown University is excited to partner with Reading Area Community College in this unique endeavor," Dr. Anne Zayaitz, KU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs said. "Our nationally accredited social work program is one of the cornerstones of our academic offerings, and we look forward to helping students at RACC interested in the major by offering classes on site in Reading." 

The agreement frames a vital human services pathway formed by two Berks County public institutions of higher education, and addresses the projected workforce need for qualified social workers in the region. At the center of this agreement are the RACC associate of arts in social work graduates who will be able to earn a Bachelor of Social Work right in the community where they live, work and raise their families. 

"These students want to stay and serve the people in Berks County. The BSW at RACC's campus helps them achieve their career goals while providing our community with well-trained social workers. RACC and Kutztown's shared goal is to make students' dreams attainable, and this is now made easier by offering the bachelor's degree program on our campus," Weitz said.KU, RACC administrators at the agreement signing to teach a Bachelor of Social Work program at RACC's campus. First row: KU President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, RACC President Dr. Anna Weitz; second row: KU Provost Dr. Anne Zayaitz, KU/RACC Council of Trustee member Guido Pichini '74, RACC Provost Dr. Susan Looney