Part-Time Program Student Spotlight: Jane Benzschawel

Jane Benzschawel
Jane Benzschawel

The Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This spotlight features one of our students, Jane Benzschawel, who is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors at the YWCA in La Crosse.

Job title and organization:

Board of Directors, YWCA of La Crosse (volunteer)

Year in the program:

Three

Focus area:

CFYW:  School Social Work

How would you describe your experience in the Part-Time MSW Program?

My cohort has been incredible to learn and grow with and my instructors are knowledgeable and passionate professionals in the field. I’ve had more opportunities for professional development than I thought possible.

Why did you choose the Part-Time Program?

I was working in the social work field and was ready to expand my skill set beyond interpersonal violence. The Part-Time Program allowed the flexibility necessary to juggle school, work and family.

What has been your favorite course so far in the program and why?

There are a few but I’d say field practicum. I’ve had the most opportunity to learn with and from my cohort as well as get more deeply grounded in my community in social justice work.

How do you think the Part-Time MSW Program has prepared you for entering the field?

Entering year three, it is clear that more specialized coursework in the focus area will pave the way to licensure and meeting the state of Wisconsin’s standards for school social work.

What is one thing you wish you would have known before starting the program?

I could’ve been working on this degree a while ago and I kept putting it off.  My professional experience and knowledge really supports my ability to complete coursework so there was no need to be nervous about my capacity to complete the program.

What would you say to someone who is considering the program?

There’s a lot to be gained by getting the ball rolling. Make sure you have adequate financial, emotional and other practical support lined up during the field placement semesters.

Other comments?

I was able to receive excellent and free social justice conference trainings through checking my email early and often and getting in virtual line for the free registration waivers.