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CCC Graduate, Jennifer Maderia, Earns MSW, LSW from Stockton University, Becomes Program Director of Residential Treatment Center

Jennifer Maderia began working on her Associate of Science in Social Services here at Cumberland County College at the age of 19 after earning her GED. Upon graduating in 2011, Jennifer transferred to Stockton University where she received her BSW in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare and then received her MSW in Social Work with a concentration in Cultural Diversity in 2015. Jennifer is also a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).

While a student at CCC, Jennifer was the president of Amnesty International, a human rights organization, for two years. She was also inducted into the College’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. Her time at CCC, Jennifer says, provided her with the foundation needed to successfully do the work she does.

In May of 2016, Jennifer was promoted to program director of a residential treatment center for adolescent females with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. There she oversees the entire program, supervising the direct-service staff and therapists who assist the youth in maintaining sobriety and managing their emotions in an appropriate manner. The goal of the program is to successfully integrate these young women into a lower level of care.  

“CCC gave me a solid understanding of what it means to be a social worker,” says Maderia. “They taught me the importance of showing empathy for others and understanding the impact of the client's cultural background. They helped me to develop the leadership skills I need to effectively guide my staff to practice in an ethical manner.”

Running Amnesty International at CCC, alongside professor Kate Mathers, is a favorite memory of Jennifer’s. “I have so much admiration for how she inspired me and others involved to fight for social and economic justice. She sparked a passion that I have carried with me long after leaving CCC. I continue to work with a variety of groups fighting for the rights of others. Seeing so many people come together to stand up against injustice is absolutely something I will never forget.”

Jennifer hopes to continue her education and eventually pursue a Ph.D. Her ultimate goal, however, is to return to CCC and teach future social workers. “I hope to inspire others the way my CCC professors inspired me.”