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Social work students explore their options

Thirteen social work majors headed for the Twin Cities in April to visit several social service agencies. The purpose of the annual trip is to give students a better sense of the different careers available to social workers, says Dawn Kooiman, a senior from Worthington, Minnesota, who chairs the student Social Work Association. About a quarter of junior and senior social work majors made the trip this year.

The students visited a domestic violence center, a homeless shelter, a place called Teen Challenge, and the Minnesota AIDS Project. The visits help give students a better sense of the kind of senior placement they might like to request and what job they might pursue following graduation, says Kooiman.