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FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE
With Focus on Rural Social Work, New Bachelor’s Program Aims to Meet Growing Need
More than 60% of rural Americans live in areas the National Institute of Health deems to be underserved by mental health professionals and only about 20% of social workers nationwide are employed in rural areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These stats, coupled with the high demand for licensed social workers — especially in areas like those surrounding Kent State University’s Regional Campuses — produce significant disparities and gaps in care for people needing social services.
Filling in those gaps is the primary aim of program director Matt Butler and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through Kent State’s College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS), which will have an emphasis on rural social work.
At the end of the 2022 fall semester, the Columbiana County campuses literary journal, Black Squirrel Scholars, held a short fiction writing contest and the winners were announced at the beginning of the new semester.
Rising Scholars Launch NASA Partnership
The sky is the limit for learning basic life skills. That is the lesson for several Columbiana County Rising Scholars involved in a project through NASA.
These scholars, in grades 7 through 10, are part of a partnership with the NASA HUNCH program and its Softgoods division. They are making personal hygiene kits used primarily by astronauts during simulation training exercises while on the ground. However, if a project meets NASA’s highest quality standards, a student’s work could reach the International Space Station.
Career Fair Focused on Rad Tech
Students nearing the end of their educational journeys with the radiology program at Kent State Salem were welcomed to a recent on-campus career fair that opened their eyes, as well as doors of opportunities.
Flash’s Food Pantry on Salem Campus
It’s official: The Flash’s Food Pantry on the Kent State Salem Campus is open!