Jacki Englehardt, former executive director of Scott’s Run Settlement House in Osage, has joined the West Virginia University Division of Social Work as coordinator of Professional and Community Education.

“Practicing social workers must do 50 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their license,”Englehardt explained.”Professional and Community Education will provide that necessary continuing education, but we also hope to reach out to all those persons in the community who work in social services.”

The recently-completed WVU Summer Institute on Aging is just one of the many programs and events that her office will coordinate.

Englehardt holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and English from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in social work from WVU .

“I came to WVU because it has such an outstanding rural social work program, then I fell in love with the area and people and stayed.”She spent 7 years as a social worker with Morgantown’s Health Right, providing direct support services to individual clients, and then 6 years at Scott’s Run, a United Methodist-sponsored organization that provides emergency food assistance, child development services, and senior citizen activities in a former coal-mine camp in Monongalia County .

“We are delighted to have Jacki join us,”said Dr. Virginia Majewski, chair of the Division of Social Work, which is located in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU .”She is right out of the field and so dynamic. Within 3 days on the job, she connected with 50 continuing education directors across the country and shortly thereafter attended a national conference with many of them. We’re really looking forward to the vision and energy she brings to this position.�€?

For more information about the WVU Division of Social Work’s Office of Professional and Community Education, contact Jacki Englehardt at Jacki.Englehardt@mail.wvu.edu , or 304-293-3501.