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Social Work Dept. Receives 3-Year Contract

Minnesota Department of Human Services contract supports undergraduate, graduate education in public child welfare.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-3-2014

Mankato, Minn. – This fall Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Social Work was awarded a three-year contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support undergraduate and graduate education in public child welfare.

The contract to offer the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) for academic year 2014-2015 was for $367,410. Contributions by the University’s Department of Social Work and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences brought funding for Minnesota State Mankato’s total Child Welfare Stipend Program to $686,063.

The contract supports academic programming, professional education, and meeting required post-graduation employment tracking. Currently 12 undergraduates and 10 graduate students are supported by this contract. Professor Debra Gohagan coordinates the undergraduate scholars and Associate Professor Robin R. Wingo coordinates the graduate student scholars.

The 12 current bachelor of science in social work Title IV-E scholars include: Katelyn Reiner, Hutchinson; Danielle Barten, New Prague; Danielle Myers, Papillion; Rachel Ellison, Woodbury; Lori Nelson, New Ulm; Haley Forsyth, Mankato; Alexa Chouinard, North Branch; Marcia McConville, North Mankato; Kristin Weber, Melrose; Tricia Larson, Jackson; Katie Schulte, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Kari Albrecht, St. Peter.

The 10 current master of science in social work scholars include: Danielle Jones, Brooklyn Park; Kelly Kjarland, Rochester; Macey Deslauriers, New Ulm; Ben Kolling, Rochester; Christina Schultz, Rockford; David Ribar, St. Peter; Chris Davis, Janesville; Krista Moore, Rochester; Callie Rose, Eagan; and Renee Gasner, Fridley.

Two years ago, Minnesota State Mankato became the first university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to receive a contract to offer a graduate-level Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. In 2013, a new contract funded both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the social work program at Minnesota State Mankato.

MSW students receive $10,050 annually, and BSSW students receive $2,200 each semester they are in the program. Stipend recipients will receive other educational opportunities and advisement.

Acceptance of the stipend is contingent upon the agreement that, once graduated, scholars will seek and accept employment in county, tribal, or state public child welfare positions for a specified amount of time. Under the contract, the Department of Social Work will be reimbursed for costs for administration and for developing undergraduate and graduate level child welfare specific coursework.

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program’s goal is to support the recruitment, education, and/or retention of a well-prepared public child welfare work force to enhance the service delivery system in Minnesota.

A Title IV-E Program is a federal entitlement program established by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Please contact Associate Professor Robin R. Wingo for master of social work information, or Professor Debra Gohagan for bachelor of science in social work information. They can be reached by calling the Department of Social Work at 507-389-6504 or by email at and

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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