Learning by example

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Those who are drawn to careers as Social Workers often have a desire to connect with others and be part of a supportive environment.  A desire to learn in that same type of setting is part of why Morgan McLean chose to begin her education at College of the Rockies.

“I chose the College because, being from Elkford, it allowed me to stay local, but also because of the closer relationships I was able to build with the instructors,” she said. “I wanted to pursue a degree that would enable me to make a difference in people’s lives and to be able to support others going through traumatic, challenging, and emotional experiences. Learning from instructors who truly care about their students was an important part of that.”

Morgan completed the Social Work Pre-Major Associate Degree at the College before transferring her credits to university to complete the final two years of her Bachelor of Social Work degree.

She feels her time at the College helped prepare her for further education, as well as for a career in social work.

“I was able to have a more personal experience at the College, while obtaining the same credentials I would have earned at a bigger university,” she said. “The instructors were supportive, caring, and compassionate about the topics they taught.”

Morgan is now in the position to pay that support and compassion forward in her own career. While in her final year of her degree she is also employed as a Community Health Worker for Interior Health. Once she graduates, she aims to obtain her social work license and to begin a long, fulfilling career as a social worker.