GWC introduces on-site Master of Social Work program at Pioneer Center for Human Services

The tradition of community outreach continues at George Williams College of Aurora University with a new partnership designed to enhance the education of human services professionals. Employees at Pioneer Center for Human Services and community members now have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at the center’s McHenry, Illinois, location. The collaboration complements Aurora University classes offered at on-site locations, such as schools and hospitals.

“This collaboration is an extension of the GWC mission to provide service-orientated programs that aid others and inspire community commitment,” said Aurora University Senior Vice President for Enrollment Donna DeSpain.

The GWC MSW program embraces a strong dedication to quality didactic, experiential and applied education in both the classroom and field work experiences. Students graduating from the Council on Social Work Education-accredited MSW program are exceptionally prepared to work in all areas of professional social work.

“This is a value-added partnership not only for those employed at Pioneer Center but also for those who wish to pursue an education in the field of social work,” said President and CEO of Pioneer Center Jackie Wells.

The Pioneer Center provides life-changing services to over 4,800 people every single year through programming that includes child, adolescent and adult mental health services, intellectual and developmental disability programs and homeless services through McHenry County PADS.

For more information on the MSW program, visit For more information on the admission process, contact the Office of Admission at 262-245-8564 or email