School of Social Work Office Hours
9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday*
*with the exception of academic holidays
The service area of the School of Social Work at CSUC covers 12 Northeastern California counties (Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba). This region is unique in that there are no large cities (CSUC, Center of Economic Development, 1999). The service area counties are composed predominantly of small cities and towns with large areas of rural countryside. The “North State,” as our region is termed, covers an area the size of Ohio (44,828 square miles) and has many rural areas where there are distinct needs (McNall, 2004). Within this area, there are18 federally recognized tribes and rancherias in the targeted counties which include the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria in Butte County, the Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians in Colusa County, the Grindstone Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians in Glenn County, the Susanville Rancheria in Lassen County, the Pit River Tribe in Modoc County, the Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians in Plumas County, the Karuk Tribe of California in Siskiyou County, the Redding Rancheria in Shasta County, and the Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley Reservation in Siskiyou County.
In spring 2009, CSU, Chico conducted a survey of these counties to investigate the needs of county employers, employees, and 3 Community Colleges that will be needed to create an infrastructure that will enable interested individuals who are interested in a career in public child welfare to pursue an AA, BSW, and MSW degree. Connections were established with community colleges and 12 counties in the area were assessed on agency and individual interest in higher education and have the requirements to begin an undergraduate degree. Although one goal was connection with tribal and Rancheria communities began during this time, further cultivation of a relation with the regional tribe and Rancheria will be necessary. In addition, a mentoring group was formalized but input and ideas were gathered and a mentoring plan will be included in Phase II.