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DCS officials announce second initiative at Austin Peay

April 23, 2001

Austin Peay's social work department is becoming a principle player in public child welfare work training in Tennessee.

On the heels of an announcement of a $150,000 grant to Austin Peay to train more than 1,700 DCS staff throughout the state, the DCS just announced that a new course will be offered at Austin Peay for students interested in employment by child welfare agencies.

Nancy Patterson, a director for DCS, will teach the 8 to 9:15 a.m. class, Child Welfare in a Public Agency, each Tuesday and Thursday this fall. Designed to accommodate 30 students, the class is offered as an elective for social work, psychology and sociology majors. Already, 14 social work majors have signed up, says Glenn Carter, social work department chair.

According to Carter, this "may only be the beginning." He and DCS officials met recently to discuss the possibility of paid field placement for junior- and senior-level students. Ultimately, this could result in students being prepared to transition directly from a field placement into full-time employment with DCS after graduation.

For additional information about the course, call 7728.