DL Student Support

DL Student Support

Many students who choose to participate in our DL program are living with situations that make being a student a challenge. Common situations for our students might include: single parents, caregivers, full time employees in rural and tribal social services, living in extremely rural situations with limited access, living with a mental health diagnosis, non-traditional age student, returning students, history of substance use, limited technology experience, history of experience in the social service system, community and cultural obligations.

While these issues may be similar to those experienced by our campus students, our DL students do not benefit from faculty/staff seeing them in the hallway or the natural helping networks that form between students as they travel from class to class together.  In an effort to support our students we have developed the following strategies:

Distributed Learning Community Seminars

DL students take a DL Community seminar each semester of the program.  The purpose of this additional course offering is to build community among students, staff and faculty; to support students in making connections across the curriculum and their lived experiences; and to provide strategies for student success in an online education program. These are SW 411, SW 511 and SW 611.

Regional Mentors

The Superior Region Workforce Education and Training Partnership has worked in collaboration with California State University, Chico and Humboldt State University to establish distributed learning programs leading to Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees.  The programs have been established to improve access to social work education for students residing in remote and rural communities and to assure the availability of a qualified and stable mental health workforce within the Superior Region.

The mentoring program is designed to offer academic and professional support for students enrolled in CSU, Chico’s (CSUC) or Humboldt State University’s (HSU) social work distributed learning programs. The mentoring program will assist students in transitioning into their chosen educational program as well as developing tools for successful completion of the program. This includes navigating the academic setting, time management, prioritization of tasks, negotiating academic and employment demands and utilizing self-care strategies to facilitate personal and professional growth. Mentors are regionally placed throughout the state of California and provide opportunities for students to connect throughout their time in the program through both face to face and virtual meeting opportunities.

Virtual Study Lab

The program provides a virtual study lab to provide our students with added support around writing and study skills.  This weekly lab is staffed on campus by a member of our DL Faculty and Staff team and our Social Work writing coaches.  Students have the option of attending the lab in person on our campus or virtually via our web conferencing tool.