In SummaryThe goal is to introduce a pathway for non-traditional enrollments by non-traditional students.
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of the historically Black universities in America. Also, it is one of 112 land grant institutions in the country, 19 of which are HBCUs.
Now, Alabama A&M is taking the concept of education to a whole new level by instituting the apprenticeship program in the field of social work. With this announcement, the school becomes the first HBCU to sponsor this program.
In the past, apprenticeships have concentrated on trade industries that involved a lot of male enrollments. This is new for the university as the field of social work is predominately led by females.
According to the Alabama Works website, “Social workers are critically important to the nagging social ills that undermine so many lives and communities and the demand for them is continually on the rise.”
When the students complete the program, they will have credentials such as a Targeted Case Management Certificate, Alabama State Board Licensure and a master’s degree in social work that highlights their knowledge of social work.
Social workers are in demand by employers, as there are 7,240 social workers in the state of Alabama, according to the Social Work Guide website. The program at Alabama A&M establishes an outlet to produce qualified social workers with the expectation that they have the aptitude from the credentials, according to Alabama Works.
Another benefit of the program is that it decreases the costs of retention and recruitment for employers so they can provide new employees with the experience and skills necessary to excel in this industry.