Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program stipend awarded to McFadden

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Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program stipend awarded to McFadden

September 23, 2016

Chasity McFaddenWaukomis senior Chasity McFadden has been awarded the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program (CWPEP) stipend for the 2017 spring semester from Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Social Work. She was the recipient of the award last spring as well.

McFadden currently is majoring in social work with a minor in sociology.

CWPEP provides funds for students who plan careers in child welfare services in Oklahoma. The stipends are awarded to full-time students majoring in social work and provide money toward educational expenses to participating students. Students who receive the stipends complete educational internships in child welfare agencies within the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). Upon graduation, students are assured employment in the participating DHS programs.

“The social work program is proud to administer the CWPEP program and play an essential role in securing and retaining quality social workers in the public child welfare system, Dr. Kylene Rehder, Department of Social Work Chair and CWPEP coordinator, said. “CWPEP at Northwestern has graduated 14 students, resulting in over $100,000 being awarded in educational assistance.”

CWPEP is a Title IV-E partnership between the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Council, and Social Work Education (CSWE) in accredited social work programs in Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma manages the child welfare consortium. Other partners along with Northwestern include East Central University and Oral Roberts University.

Funding for the educational program is provided by Title IV-E of the social security act, called the Child Welfare Training program.

The CWPEP program at Northwestern is administered by Rehder. For more information on Northwestern’s Department of Social Work, contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or kdrehder@nwosu.edu.

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