Kaytee (Alderton) Riley chooses both as adoption worker and University of Michigan MSW student.

Kaytee Alderton Riley at the U of Michigan School of Social WorkHello! My name is Kaytee (Alderton) Riley. I graduated from Northern in May 2009 and was filled with the all too familiar anxiety new graduates have with what’s next. I applied to what felt like countless agencies searching for a perfect fit. In the process, I learned to be patient and more importantly confident in the abilities and knowledge I had gained from my NMU experience. In September 2009, I was blessed with the opportunity to work for Bethany Christian Services as an Adoption Specialist. I relocated to the Kalamazoo area and began a nine-week training in Child Welfare to assist in preparing me to work in adoptions. In adoptions, I evaluate adoptive families, match children to appropriate families, and manage a caseload of 22 children. I love working in adoptions and getting to know the families that I serve, but I still ached to achieve more. It was easy for me to decide that continuing my education was imperative to my goals as a professional.

In the middle of planning my wedding, I started researching graduate schools. I looked for a school that would cater to my education goals and career aspirations. And so I applied to the University of Michigan as well as Michigan State. I’m pleased to pass along that the education I gained from Northern stood high in the eyes of admissions at both State and Michigan.

Kaytee at Game
It's not all hard work

Kaytee takes in a Saturday Michigan football game at the "Big House"

I have decided to continue my education at the University of Michigan with aspirations to become licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. I will begin this fall in the Advanced Standing MSW program. Additionally, Bethany Christian Services has provided me with the opportunity to continue serving families as an Adoption Specialist part-time.

So, there you have it. That is what this NMU alumnus is up to.  I encourage you all to check out Bethany Christian Services  for more information and career opportunities! If you are interested in the University of Michigan Masters of Social Work Program you can obtain additional information at www.ssw.umich.edu.