Social Work

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Social Work is a rewarding career dedicated to supporting people within a community. The Social Work coursework is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a four-year institution and apply to a B.S. Social Work program. Getting an associate's degree is a first step toward the bachelor's degree and licensure as a Social Worker. 

Social Workers are employed in a variety of fields including:

  • Health care
  • Social services for underrepresented populations
  • Governmental organizations
  • Advocacy work
  • Child and family services
  • Nonprofit support services
  • Many more



The mission of the Social Work Program at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) is to help students begin to develop diversity-competent social work skills while preparing students for transfer to a four-year institution. The mission shall be achieved through creating: a foundation in ethical generalist practice; the ability to think critically about social policy, research, and the helping process; and the experience of applying social work concepts to real world situations.

Why This Program

The Social Work Program is designed to build student knowledge and skills in helping capacities. Service Learning is incorporated in the Social Work courses.

Respectful Community

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Denim Day | Wednesday, April 15 | Wear Denim

Denim Day seeks to raise awareness of sexual abuse and show support for survivors.

Humphrey the Hawks with SCORE Big Scholarship recipient, Madigan Grigsby, and President Gordon Jones

College of Western Idaho took over Memorial Stadium in a BOLD way Thursday night during CWI Night at the Hawks raising more than $1,000 for scholarships.

2022 College of Western Idaho graduate, Craig Petersen

Speak Up! Ink Up!, a charity event hosted by 2022 College of Western Idaho graduate, Craig Petersen, raises nearly $11,500 for Idaho foster children.

Hilary Cob, Social Work faculty and College of Western Idaho's Faculty of Distinction for January 2022

Congratulations to Social Work faculty, Hilary Cobb, named College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for January 2022.

Social work students partner with Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections.

Social work students have been busy this year working in partnership with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections.

College of Western Idaho students, Hailey Stephensky, left, Carly Edwards, Natasha Lima-Rivas, and Annie Colombatto

Social Work students complete service-learning hours at the YMCA THRIVE Center for neurodiverse individuals and their families.