Brescia University in Owensboro has received a $500,000 grant for its social work program. The grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation will be used for a new building to house Brescia University’s rapidly expanding social work program and to hire faculty.
The social work program has grown by 800% over the past eight years. It’s expanded from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree with both traditional classroom and online courses. The university says the expanding program will produce hundreds of qualified graduates to address pressing social needs.
A federal study found the need for social workers with expertise in healthcare, mental health and substance abuse will grow by 19% in the seven years.