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NMU BSW Alumni Jackie Olson

NMU BSW Alumni Jackie Olson
Upon completing a BSW degree, Jackie began her child protective services career in Wisconsin

Are there jobs in this field?  What’s it really like to work with A BSW degree? What can I expect by way of salary and benefits? These are common questions that we hear from current and prospective students. Although you will find many answers to these questions in the Students section of this web site, there's nothing like hearing from graduates themselves and learning from their experiences.  So, instead of just giving you the official facts,  we’ve been asking alumni to tell you about their experiences in their own words.  Here are the stories submitted by some of our most recent graduates. More will be added as they become available.  So, if you are a graduate of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology yourself and would like to share your story, please e-mail the Department at

Kaytee (Alderton) Riley  May 2009 Adoption Worker and U of M MSW student

Allison Stefaniak, December 2008 Family Support Specialist

Katie VanderVeen, May 2008 Americorp NCCC volunteer

Katreena Hite, May 2007  Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services

Chuck Mersnick, May 2007  Veterans Peer Support Specialist

Jacqueline Olson, May 2007  Child Protection  Services

Ryan Nettesheim, May 2006 Life Skills and Independent Living Specialist