Alumni Spotlight: Maxine Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Social Work '05

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Bachelor of Science in Social Work, 2005

“Carlow is small, hands-on, and individualized. It’s a good experience. You’ll grow as a person. It will help your family, your kids, and give you all something to look forward to.”Maxine Thomas

Maxine Thomas is used to getting up early. For years, she drove a McKeesport Area School District bus.

But Maxine decided she wanted something more. So she turned to Carlow.

She knew she wanted to work with people, and she had a few community college credits under her belt. But at age 44 with three children to raise, she knew it wouldn’t be easy.  

Maxine Thomas, Alumni Spotlight

 “I completed my morning run at 9 a.m.,” she says, “took courses in between, and took courses again at night. It was the best decision I ever made. It changed my life.”

It took Maxine just four years to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She later went on to receive a master’s degree from Pitt.

Today, Maxine works with elderly dementia patients at the John J. Kane Regional Center–Glen Hazel, where she enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with and advocate for residents and their families. She is also on the advisory board for Carlow’s School of Social Work and on the school board for the Duquesne City School District.

She attributes much of her success to the education she received at Carlow.

“Writing skills, communication skills—all the skills you need to be a social worker, you’ll get it all at Carlow,” she says.

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