The Catholic University of America

July 30, 2009

Metropolitan School Partners with Catholic Charities USA to Offer New Certificate Program

From left: Jeffrey Williams, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies Dean Sara Thompson and Assistant Dean Graziella McCarron at the graduation ceremony for the Catholic Charities Professional Counseling Education Program. Williams will begin classes at MSPS in the fall.

As part of a new partnership with Catholic Charities USA, the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) will launch a new certificate program in human services administration this fall.

The collaboration between Catholic Charities USA and MSPS builds on both organizations' missions of faith-based education, outreach and service. Qualified graduates of the Catholic Charities Professional Counseling Education Program, which provides training in addictions counseling, may continue their education through the MSPS certificate program.

MSPS and Catholic Charities USA signed a memorandum of understanding on June 24 during a graduation ceremony for the Professional Counseling Education Program, held at St. Patrick's Church in Northwest Washington, D.C.

"Given Catholic Charities' efforts to train its employees to serve the community and the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies' mission to provide a liberal arts education for D.C.-area working professionals, the collaboration speaks to both organizations' commitments and provides an opportunity for Catholic Charities employees to build their educational credentials," said Sara Thompson, dean of MSPS.

The Certificate in Human Services Administration will comprise 21 undergraduate college credits and will be supplemented by prior learning assessments for students who participate in Catholic Charities' Professional Counseling Education Program.

For more information about the program, contact Susan Scully, director of admissions in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, at scullys@cua.edu or 202-319-5256.