My career as a Social Worker began 19 years ago. I had just graduated with a
Bachelorís Degree in Social Work (BSW). I was anxious to see what the world of social work had to
offer. As I prepared my resume, I was encouraged by my family, who all worked for San Bernardino County,
to work for the county. I searched the county job listing for a social worker position but none were
available so I applied to work as a Social Service
I was offered a position with the Department of Adult Protective Services (DAAS)
in Rancho Cucamonga. Within 2 years the Department
of Children and Family Services (CFS) offered me a promotion
to Social Worker II. As a SWII, I had the opportunity to work both intake and carrier
positions in the field.
During this time CFS was developing a collaborative effort with California
State University San Bernardino, to provide staff the opportunity to earn a Masterís Degree in Social
Work. This collaborative effort between the department and CSUSB provided social workers with a
stipend to pay their education and reduced caseloads to enable staff to attend classes and complete
course work. This was an excellent opportunity for someone like myself, who had a family and needed to
work full time. The program paid for my tuition and books and gave me time off to attend classes and the
required internships without any reductions in salary. I took full advantage of this program and in
1994 received my Masterís in Social Work. Without the support from the county and the department I
would not have accomplished this goal.
After graduation I was promoted to Social Service Practitioner in intake, later I
took a specialized position as the departmentís Independent Living Skills Program Coordinator. After
many years as ILSP Coordinator, I was promoted to Supervising Social Service Practitioner. In the last
three years, Iíve supervised line social workers and am now supervising a contracts unit and have
San Bernardino County is a great place to work and live. San Bernardino
County has been supportive and encouraging throughout my career and has offered me
a variety of jobs to choose from. I have several years left to work and am sure that I will stay put.
I know that I havenít scratched the surface of opportunities available to me and I plan to take
advantage of a few more before I retire.