The Social Work Based Learning and Career Development Continuum is the framework of the future for supportive education in social work.

As the needs of communities change, both locally, and globally, the lack of national attention about the shortage of social workers is becoming increasingly concerning, creating more demands and burdens on an already overtaxed workforce.

Creating opportunities for high school and community college students in social work is a fresh new start.

Our joint learning and career development continuum places a strong emphasis on work-based learning beginning as early as 11th grade in preparation for a career in social work. Through our continuum model, students will receive academic preparation for both high school completion, college readiness, and career development.

Why consider our programs?

Each of our programs is designed to advance students’ competency in macro social work education at different points across the continuum of professional experience.

By adapting and extending social work competency-based activities in the 2015 Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Macro Social Work, students are able to transform academics across macro education into real-world exploration and pedagogic innovation.

Differentiating the Curricular Guide for the use of high school and community students is in strong support provided by the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work.

The goal of the Social Work-Based Learning and Career Development Continuum.

With the Social Work-based Learning and Career Development Continuum as our framework for service delivery, we encourage all students across the continuum, particularly high school and community college students, to acquire a better understanding of social work by working toward a social advocacy campaign under the mentorship of a practicing social worker during the school year for volunteer hours.

Youth Advisory Council.

Cultivating the next generation in social work through early exposure to career paths in social work, access to social work mentors, and opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies in macro practice.

The YSocialWork Experience.

The experience begins with the formal opportunity for high school students to learn more about social work through dual enrollment and/or service learning opportunities. 

Experiential Classroom.

You will learn to extract meaning and understanding of social work education material through other disciplines, as well as develop deeper learning strategies for success and experiential learning opportunities in macro-level social work practice.


Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.

Barbara Mikulski, Senator and Social Worker


Let’s build a better learning and career development community together.