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Sources: Dennis Kuhlman, 785-826-2601, dkuhlman@k-state.edu;
and April Mason, 785-532-6224, masona@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

ADDITIONAL BACHELOR'S DEGREES MEAN MORE OPPORTUNITIES AT K-STATE SALINA

SALINA -- This fall is the time to reap new degree opportunities at Kansas State University at Salina.

When the fall semester begins in August, K-State Salina will offer a bachelor's degree in social work and add the personal financial planning option to its bachelor's in family studies and human services.

"These degree programs provide more opportunities on the K-State Salina campus that allow us to meet the needs of students in the community and the central Kansas region," said Dennis Kuhlman, dean of K-State Salina.

"As Kansas State University continues to look forward, we'll continue to look at bringing additional programs to the Salina campus," said Kirk Schulz, K-State president. "K-State Salina offers students big university programs with a small campus environment."

"The courses and requirements for these degrees at K-State Salina are the same as for those programs on the Manhattan campus," said April Mason, K-State provost and senior vice president.

Social work offers the chance to work with and for people in all kinds of settings, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender or age. Social workers practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and public agencies. They often oversee child welfare, elder care and special needs populations. Other opportunities include in criminal justice and with organizations that help employees solve personal problems and employers resolve personnel issues.

"We're very excited to offer our social work program at the Salina campus," said Betsy Cauble, head of the department of sociology, anthropology and social work. Cauble, an associate professor, is also president of the K-State Faculty Senate.

"It provides an expanded opportunity in the central Kansas region for students who are interested in becoming social workers or improving their skills for helping people," Cauble said. "We know that there will be an increased need for social workers in many fields, including child welfare and geriatric care."

The social work program is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are eligible for licensure by the state of Kansas at the bachelor's level and for advanced placement in master's degree programs in social work. More information is available at http://salina.k-state.edu/socialwork/index.html.

Students in the personal financial planning program earn a bachelor's degree in family studies and human services with a personal financial planning emphasis. The program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, so graduates can take the certification examination and work as certified financial planners.

The interdisciplinary program combines courses in human ecology, business and economics, including personal finance, family relationships, consumer rights, insurance, investments, taxation, retirement and estate planning, economics, and accounting. The program focuses on understanding financial products and how they work, as well as the role of family in financial decisions.

"The personal financial planning major will create career opportunities for students in the growing area of personal and financial planning at a time when improved financial management is critical to the future of our economy," said Maurice MacDonald, director of K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Graduates work in the insurance, banking, credit union, retirement, estate planning, personnel benefits and investments industries; as consumer affairs professionals in business; and with local, state and federal consumer protection agencies. To find out more, go to http://salina.k-state.edu/fshs/index.html.