Emma Andeway, Class of 2019, is the Community Engagement Director with the United Way of Wapello County. In 2018, Emma began Master’s level coursework through the University of Iowa – School of Social Work. After balancing both work and courses for three years, Emma passed her licensure exam required for her Master of Social Work program on April 26th. Emma will officially graduate from the University of Iowa’s Master of Social Work program on Thursday, May 12th, awarding her the title of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).
The licensure exam is a challenging, 4-hour exam with just a 75% pass rate. Emma discussed preparing for the exam, “It took months of preparation outside of schooling to prepare for it. This licensure is significant and proves my understanding of ethics, responsible community practice, and offers a unique perspective when working with our partners to strengthen Ottumwa and Wapello County.”
When asked what she would say to someone considering joining the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, she had the following advice to share; “I highly encourage going through this Ottumwa Leadership Academy. From those new to the community or leadership positions to those who grew up here and are experienced leaders, everyone will gain knowledge, insight, and skills. Additionally, it’s a great and fun way to network with new and established connections and learn more about Ottumwa.”