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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

The 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

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

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

Congratulations to Annie Estvold, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for December 2020.

Begin your journey to a rewarding career dedicated to supporting people within our community with a degree in Social Work at CWI.

Psychology and Social Work students participate in service-learning project with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections.