Todd Causby will graduate from Dalton State in 2013 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. In addition to taking classes, he works part-time in the College Testing Center assisting other students. This summer he participated in the School of Social Work’s cultural immersion experience in Costa Rica. When Todd has spare time he likes to hike and work in his yard, and he is active in his church.
As a dislocated worker and non-traditional student returning to school after 20 years in manufacturing, Todd Causby found college “challenging” at first but adds that the decision to return to school has been “one of the best decisions” he has ever made.
“My first courses included two learning support classes—math and English,” said Todd, “but those classes provided me with a great foundation. I also took advantage of free tutoring offered by Academic Resources, and I spent time in the College’s math and writing labs, and I really saw a benefit from the help that I was given.”
“One of the highlights of my college experience has been getting to know my fellow students and the faculty,” he said. “A student study group spontaneously formed during my Math 0098 class, and there are about eight of us now who have gotten to know each other and continued working together through statistics and algebra.”
When asked why, with years of experience in manufacturing and marketing under his belt, he would choose to major in social work, Todd says that he enjoys working with people and that he wanted to try “something new and different.” That desire to try “something new” was certainly fulfilled this summer when he participated in the School of Social Work’s cultural immersion experience in Costa Rica.
From May 19 until June 2, Todd and other upper level social work students immersed themselves in Latino culture and Spanish language in the Costa Rican city of Grecia. As part of the experience, these Dalton State students lived with Costa Rican families and became familiar with local social work services.
“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to return to College and to participate in Dalton State’s Social Work program,” said Todd. “I think things will work out well for me.”