BHSU student ready to help Black Hills families

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, May 6, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Kristin Prescott, human services and sociology major from Colgate, Wis., graduates from BHSU this weekend and will begin her full-time job with Child Protection Services in Rapid City later this month.



When Kristin Prescott decided to enroll at Black Hills State University, more than 800 miles from her hometown of Colgate, Wis., she was looking for adventure away from home.

Now just days away from graduating from BHSU with degrees in human services and sociology, Kristin has decided to stay in the Black Hills and help local families through a full-time job with Child Protection Services in Rapid City.

"When I began looking for a job, I knew I really enjoyed my internship with Child Protection Services. With the experience gained from my internship, I got the job right away," said Kristin.

Kristin will begin work the week after graduation as a Family Services Specialist investigating child abuse and neglect, helping with custody arrangements, providing assessments and ensuring Black Hills families receive the services they need.

Kristin&rsquos journey with Child Protection Services began with an internship last summer, a partnership with BHSU through which Prescott received college credit.

"During my internship I job shadowed, assisted with family visits, and helped foster parents," said Prescott. "I saw that we need people who really care and can help families get through difficult circumstances."

Growing up, Kristin says friends of her family were affected by addictions. She originally wanted to study alcohol and drug abuse counseling but says her experience at BHSU and her internship narrowed her focus.

"I looked at many different colleges but I picked BHSU&rsquos human services and sociology program because it gave me a broad base of where I can go after college &ndash jobs, graduate school, and a wider range of opportunities," said Kristin. "Through my internship I realized I really like the child protection and the social work aspect of the human services range."


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