Title IV-E Pathway Program
The California State University, Chico, School of Social Work is a participant in the statewide Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program, a collaborative project of the California Department of Social Services, the County Welfare Directors Association, California’s graduate schools of social work and social welfare, and the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The primary goal is to professionalize child welfare services by increasing the number of bachelor’s- and master’s-degreed social workers who provide services to children and their families.
Pathway, a part-time program offered through the traditional Title IV-E Program, provides financial and other supports for current child welfare workers that live in rural and remote areas of the North State. Pathway provides a bridge between individuals and higher education and, in particular, distributed learning education. This means those who desire a degree in social work can continue working in their communities while attending school through web-based and hybrid course formats (online with scheduled face-to-face time). These individuals will “pay back” their support after graduation by continuing to work in their public and tribal child welfare agencies.
The Title IV-E Program covers the North State, which is comprised of 12 northeastern California counties and includes 18 federally recognized tribes and rancherias. However, after much review of student retention data and county needs, it was recognized that many of the rural and remote areas in the North State were not benefiting from the efforts of the Title IV-E Program in the same way urban areas were benefiting. As a result, the Pathway Program was created, addressing the educational and training needs of human service agency staff in rural and remote areas. This effort to provide a pathway to greater access to education has embraced the philosophy of a grow-your-own professional workforce.Additional Information about the Title IV-E Pathway Program:
Students must be accepted to the California State University, Chico, School of Social Work to be eligible to compete for the Title IV-E Program. The number of stipends is limited. Applications must demonstrate commitment to public child welfare. Priority will be given to current employees of the County/State Department of Social Services, and who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by child welfare agencies in California. Fluency in a high demand language is also given priority.
Interested students will qualify in the following ways:
- Be employed at a public child welfare/tribal agency
- Have an agency letter of support for coursework
- Be accepted into the starting education institution
- Apply for, and be accepted into, the Pathway Program
- Have valid California driver’s license, registration, and insurance for a car available for fieldwork
- Be willing to participate in full-time, continuous employment obligations after graduation as “payback” for the financial support (or make financial payback plans if necessary/required)
- Meet other specific Title IV-E program requirements as they arise (participate in field placement, pass child welfare course, maintain academic “good standing”, etc.)
An awards committee, made up of representatives of the CSU, School of Social Work, and representatives of public child welfare agencies from counties surrounding the University, will review all applications, interview qualifying candidates, and finalize selection of candidates to whom the award will be offered.
Title IV-E Project Coordinator
School of Social Work
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