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Califronia Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) History & Mission

In 1990, The Deans and Director of California Schools of Social Work and the County Welfare Directors Association created the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) to facilitate and support statewide partnerships for the education and training of professional social workers to ensure skilled, culturally competent, effective, and high-quality health and social service delivery to the people of California.

In 1992, CalSWEC entered into a contract with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to support the delivery of a specialized public child welfare curriculum and support for students committed to service in public child welfare. Stipend support for these students is provided through federal Title IV-E training funds managed by the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. The School of Social Work at San José State University began its participation in 1991 with its first class graduating in 1993.

In 2015, CalSWEC celebrated 25 years of dedication to improving the education and training of social workers for all of the state has publically supported social services.