WHEELING, W.Va., Sept. 8, 2020 — West Liberty University (WLU) and West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) signed an articulation agreement for their social work program today in an outdoor ceremony held at the historic B&O Building on the WVNCC campus, located at 1704 Market Street, Wheeling.
Upon obtaining an Associate in Arts degree from WVNCC, students can now seamlessly transfer to WLU to pursue their Bachelor of Social Work degree, and upon successfully completing the required classes will be eligible to sit for the Social Work licensure exam.
This partnership between the two schools provides students with an easy transition through the sharing of application and admissions information, transcripts, and other records. Those students who complete the 61 credits required from WVNCC and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA will be eligible for admission to WLU’s Bachelor of Social Work program. Graduates will then be qualified to obtain positions as case managers, behavior specialists, mental health technicians or direct service workers in a variety of human and social services agencies.
“This new agreement provides a great opportunity for our students to continue their educational goals at West Liberty University,” commented WVNCC President, Dr. Daniel Mosser. “As the community college, we are deeply committed to working with our local universities and partners to provide the best possible pathway to success for our students.”
“West Virginia and the entire tri-state region needs more professional social workers with four year degrees, so this is positive news for all of us,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president. “We are pleased to once again partner with West Virginia Northern in an agreement that leads to more college graduates in the workforce.”
West Virginia Northern Community College is a two-year comprehensive community college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1972, WVNCC offers transfer degrees and programs in the Liberal Arts, Career-Technical programs, and Community and Continuing Education on three campuses in New Martinsville, Weirton and Wheeling.
West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution. Today it offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs, both online and in the classroom. The Social Work Program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and its director is Professor Sylvia Hawranick Senften, EdD, MSW.