Rosa Ortiz ('10) was drawn to Elizabethtown College by its reputation of being an outstanding school, as well as hearing from other alumni regarding their positive educational experience. Rosa was an adult learner so she worked full-time at Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency and was a part-time student.
The social work curriculum requires that students become active in the community early in their learning career. Rose fulfilled her service learning and internships at Philhaven Mental and Behavioral Health.
"I enjoyed that placement because I was able to practice social work theories and perspectives I had learned in the classroom setting. "
After graduation, Rosa earned her MSW from Simmons College in Boston. She lives in Sunnyvale, California and is currently working at Asian Americans for Community involvement which focuses on providing behavioral health counseling to the Spanish speaking population. She provides therapy in different types of environments that are most suitable for the client, whether it be at home, office, park or school setting.
"I believe Etown has been living up to their motto since it first opened its doors back in the 1800s. Alumni have been able to exercise and put to practice the education they obtained during their time at Etown through acts of service such as: employment, volunteerism, and internships while focusing on on thing: EMPOWERMENT."
When asked how Elizabethtown College helped prepare her for the professional world, Rosa explained that the school taught her how to meet people "where they're at," how to provide them with effective resources that will improve their daily level of functioning, and how to empower her clients to achieve a higher level of success by using the strengths perspective. As for Rosa's future career goals, she is doing research into obtaining advanced training in trauma work as well as certification in substance abuse.