Received my BASW (2013) and MSW (2016) from CSUSB. “I was honored to be a part of the first graduating Pathway Cohort. This led to my position at Chaffey College as an Adjunct Faculty Counselor with EOPS”. EOPS works with Foster Youth, single parents, first generation, and DACA students whose educational and socioeconomic backgrounds might prevent them from successfully attending college. I am in the process of applying to an Ed.D in Leadership and Educational Justice.
Kenneth Sawa earned a master’s degree in social work in 1992 from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a proud graduate of the first class of part-time students in the Department of Social Work. Ken earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton, a master's degree in education counseling and guidance from Loyola Marymount University, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the California Commission on State Credentialing.
My professors and staff at CSUSB may have wondered what became of me. I am actually working in Sacramento for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CSUSB has educated many social work professionals who are now serving the community. I just wanted to let you know that after being in the field for several years now that I have worked with folds who received their education from other schools and have not had the extensive training that I received at CSUSB.
Tinya Holt, MSW, ACSW, was a graduate of 2000, and the first MSW student to be awarded the College of Social and Behavioral Science Graduate Student of the Year.
Tinya’s present position is Executive Director of Perris Valley Recovery Programs, Inc.
Services include outpatient substance abuse treatment, 12 step meetings, employee assistance programs, and referral for county and community resources.
Sam is a retiredschool guidance counselor. Another “first born” alumnus of the 1992 class.
“What can you tell prospective applicants to entice them into “taking the leap” into the MSW program?”
“I would like to tell them that the MSW has universality across 50 states and abroad. You can do virtually anything from A to Z with this degree. And you do not have to take an oath of poverty simply because you are going to become a Social Worker.”
“I am a Program Coordinator for San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. In my job I work with the HIV/AIDS Planning Council from the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. I also oversee planning carried out by ten staff as well as the development of RFPs for services from community-based non-profit organizations.”
“Are you doing anything that you had NO idea you would be doing after graduating?”
Pam Miller, the Deputy Director of the Department of Employment and Social Services for Yolo County, is one of our “first born!”
An alumnus of the first part time cohort in 1992, her job is administration, coordination, policy making, budgeting, and the development and maintenance of community partners.
Does she use her direct practice skills?
When asked what he could share to inspire prospective students to join us he said:
“Without being overly dramatic, I would definitely say my experience was transformative. It changed me, my outlook on life, who I was and my role in the world”.
We asked Ned to give one piece of advice to people considering the MSW program. His answer was:
Greetings from Cebu Philippines and from CSUSB MSW Alum. I have been here since 2008 serving as an Aftercare Fellow for International Justice Mission - IJM which is a Christian NGO that investigates, prosecutes, and provides aftercare relief for victims of violent injustice. IJM has field offices all over the world, and our case work here in Cebu focuses on sex trafficking and child prostitution.