Brookdale Community College administrators have signed a new partnership agreement with the University of Delaware (UD).
This new articulation agreement allows for Brookdale Human Services, Pre-Social Work Associate Degree graduates with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to be automatically accepted into the baccalaureate program at UD, according to a press release.
Brookdale graduates will be accepted as a junior at UD and can continue their education to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Human Services Clinical Services Concentration or a BS in Human Services Administration and Family Policy Concentration.
“Students enrolled in Brookdale’s Human Services program are building a strong foundation through their Associate Degree with hands-on learning experiences and are able to transfer seamlessly into a competitive program at the University of Delaware. Brookdale Human Services faculty championed this agreement to support the success of our students” said Dr. Sarah McElroy, Executive Director of Career and Transfer Pathways.
The Human Services program at Brookdale Community College saw a 12% increase in admissions this past fall and new opportunities have been created to achieve graduation goals in the current virtual environment, according to the press release.
The program at Brookdale is unique because the college’s Human Services majors will leave with 285 hours of field work. The field work is performed with human services agencies such as hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, substance abuse counseling sites, and other facilities, according to the press release.
“At the beginning of the fall semester, we went from being really disappointed to now being proud of the activities we have created,” said Sara Burrill, Assistant Professor-Psychology.
Currently, Brookdale students are participating in simulated counseling sessions, are creating self-care plans, like what to do when compassion fatigue sets in, are observing online support meetings, and have been able to sit in on virtual meetings with counselors and supervisors at various agencies.
Students are virtually able to help agencies such as Monmouth Cares, Care Givers Volunteers, Compassion Care to the elderly, and Phone Buddies, all without risk and in the safety of their homes. Students are still able to get their certifications in first aid, which was a two-day event and now is virtual, according to the press release.
The Brookdale Community College spring term starts Jan. 20 and the summer term begins May 17. For more information about Human Services programs and transfer opportunities, visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/
Brookdale Community College is the county college of Monmouth County.