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Brescia University Recieves Grant to Expand Social Work Program

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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.


Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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