USU-Moab offers advanced programs in social work
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After leaving Moab to pursue her higher education, Jen Evers has returned to help grow the next generation of social workers in Grand County. As a new cohort begins January 2014, Evers looks to expand the social work program in Moab and nurture the future of social workers.

Evers grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, but soon followed her family to Moab after completing her bachelor’s at the University of Utah. She worked at a local bike shop, Poison Spider Bicycles, where she fell in love with the desert landscape and local community. Evers eventually decided to pursue a master’s degree, taking her away from Moab to the University of Montana in Missoula.

“When I first moved to Moab, one of the first things I thought was that they needed a four-year college here. Who wouldn’t want to attend school in Moab? USU-Moab provides a variety of learning experiences in an amazing setting to which millions of people travel each year,” said Evers.

After she received her license, she participated in the National Health Services Corps, a federal loan repayment program for health professionals while working with children and adolescents who have serious emotional disturbances. Evers served as the lead clinician for a program in Ronan, Montana for several years, providing an opportunity to work with a large American Indian population.

“I found that I enjoyed it immensely,” Evers noted. “Unfortunately, rising gas costs made commuting there from Missoula too expensive to continue. Thus, I began working for the same agency as lead clinician in Missoula, Montana.”

After eight years in Montana, the opportunity arose for Evers to return to Moab to help launch the master’s of social work program.

“I have been waiting for the prospect to come home for years,” said Evers. “I feel that teaching at USU offers the opportunity to impact the next generation of social workers in a positive manner. I am extremely fortunate to have the chance to engage in work I feel passionate about in a place that I am equally passionate about.”

Evers describes the social work program as a very interdisciplinary degree. Students receive a solid foundation in various areas of the profession while having the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest in elective courses.

“Overall, social workers learn to work with other human beings in an effective, appropriate, and empowering manner,” Evers said.

The social work profession is an integral component of rural communities as they begin to grow and develop.

Evers notes that, “People in smaller, rural communities often lack access to amenities and services readily available in larger communities. The social work program at USU helps insure that some of these services remain or become available as the service professional pool increases.”

USU-Moab offers both the undergraduate and graduate programs in social work. Classes are offered via interactive broadcast, online, or in-person. USU’s bachelor’s is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and meets requirements established by the State of Utah for social worker licensure. For more information on the social work program and other degree offerings available at USU-Moab, visit moab.usu.edu.

“We are extremely excited to bring an advanced degree program to our local community,” said USU-Moab Dean Steve Hawks. “It’s a great opportunity for the future professionals to stay close to their roots while receiving a Utah State University education.”

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