Success Stories

 Whitney Newman  (Class of 2012)

Whitney Newman  (Class of 2012)

Since graduation in Dec 2012, I obtained my MSW from UA in the advanced standing program in May 2014. Since then I've moved to Mississippi and landed my DREAM JOB!!!! at Mississippi Children's Home Service as a therapist for children with mental illness or behavior problems.  I'm thankful for my foundation at USA!

 

Kassie Everett-Carroll (Class of 2009)

Kassie Everett-Carroll (Class of 2009)
Graduated from USA's BSW program Spring 2009
Graduated from Florida State University's  Advanced Standing MSW program Fall 2010 

I am currently employed with Baldwin County Department of Human Resource as a Senior Social Worker/Resource Worker. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in December 2014. Something I liked about the program/undergrad experience:There are several things about South's Social Work program that stands out to me and that I greatly appreciated after I graduated. I remember the teachers/professors setting the bar high and never "sugar coating" the realities of social work. When I went to grad school, I felt like I was prepared and provided the tools I needed to be successful in my MSW program. Lastly, what I think I love the most is the fact that after I graduated, I still received support and encouragement from the Department staff and my fellow BSW alumni. 

 

Cory Samz (Class of 2011)

Cory Samz (Class of 2011)

After graduation, I continued working at my practicum placement, Housing First, Inc. as a Case Manager until July 2013. During this time, I received the following certifications: Adult Mental Health Case Management, Mental Health First Aid, SOAR Certified to assist SMI clients complete SSI/SSDI applications.  I have completed the Advanced-Standing MSW program at UGA, Athens, GA, in program design and evaluation with a certification in nonprofit management. My assistantship research focused on the lives of unknown leaders in the Civil Rights Movement for UGA's Foot Soldiers Project for Civil Rights Studies. I also interned at UGA's International Student Life Department, where I lead their Global Leadership Institute. http://www.footsoldier.uga.edu/ and wrote grants for AID's Athens and AthFest, Inc. I am currently serving as a Youth Development Volunteer  at the U.S. Peace Corps, Costa Rica.  I plan to remain in this placement until November of 2016.

 Johnita Tims (Class of 2011)

Johnita Tims (Class of 2011)

Since graduating from USA in December 2011, I have been working as a social worker at AIDS Alabama South. I completed my internship with AIDS Alabama South and once I graduated, I was offered a case manager's position. I passed my licensure exam April 3, 2012 and was promoted to a social work position. In October 2013, I was promoted to Social Work Supervisor, I currently hold that position. I am the overseer of three social workers who all graduated from USA, two have their license and the other is taking hers soon. I work at USA Family Specialty Clinic twice a month, providing medical case management to women and children who are HIV positive. I am responsible for our monthly reports at AIDS Alabama South. I have applied to graduate school and I am now waiting for my decision letter. Since graduating from USA, I have experienced nothing but great success, and I have met numerous people through networking and cannot wait to see what my future holds for me, once I graduate with my masters.

 

Blair Burt (Class of 2013) 

Blair Burt (Class of 2013)

I graduated in the Fall of 2013 from the University of South Alabama.  Before this I hadn’t really thought about applying for any jobs until I finished with my degree.  Fortunately, I heard about a job opening for a part-time social worker at my local hospital in Bay Minette.  I applied.  I got the job, and started two days after graduation.  I work at North Baldwin Infirmary in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit.  I love what I do!  Essentially, I work in a geriatric psych unit.  Most of our clients suffer from dementia.  I link clients and their families with much need resources following discharge, refer clients to a higher level of care, and educate families and clients on what to expect.   I have been able to utilize every skill I learned at the University of South Alabama.   I was interested in part-time work because I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in social work.  A part-time job would allow me to do this.  I just started my first semester as a graduate student at the University of Alabama!  So far, so good!