As the only public college in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in regional planning, Westfield State has a solid history of educating and training successful planners that dates back to 1983. Key in this work by the Geography and Regional Planning Program—known as GARP—is the University’s connection to Tim Brennan, the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).
A shortage of master of social work (MSW) programs in the Worcester area, combined with a high demand for that degree there, led Westfield State University into a collaboration with the YWCA Central Massachusetts in Worcester. “This partnership has a natural synergy,” says Shelley Tinkham, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. “This is a unique model. It is very powerful.”
There is a lot to think about when you first get to college: how to find your way around campus, figuring out your class schedule, making new friends. But maybe the most important thing all first year students need to think about is a major. Figuring out your major early on helps determine what the next four years of your life at Westfield State University will look like. And for a lot of students, a major depends on the job market. That’s where we can help. Read on for our guide on how to plan for tomorrow, now.
Life after college. What will that look like for you? What job should you go to college for? How do you choose the right college? For most students around the country, life after college means finding a job. And how you find a job is determined by what you studied in school. While you may be familiar with the Criminal Justice Department or an English degree, there are two growing departments at Westfield State that are helping to fill high-demand positions in the New England area and around the country. But you might not have ever heard of them before now.
Let’s face it: Everyone is out there looking for a job. It’s a crowded market and each student offers their own unique set of skills to give them an edge over the competition. However, employers aren’t just looking for someone who can get a job done. They are looking for someone who can help grow their company; someone who is willing to learn and improve over time. But how do you demonstrate that on a resume? Well, continuing your education with an advanced degree is one way. Let us show you how.