CPP Student Spotlight: Jamie Trudgeon

November 2022

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by Mya Brossoit

The College of Professional Programs is excited to recognize Jamie Trudgeon, a Master of Social Work (MSW) student in the EWU School of Social Work.

Jamie Trudgeon is a part-time student working to earn her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and intends on graduating in the spring of 2024. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Trudgeon decided to attend EWU for her undergraduate degree, and describes it as  a “positive experience” in which she had the privilege of networking with those in her area of study. Trudgeon describes her experience with a former supervisor who spoke highly of EWU’s graduate program in social work. Ultimately, the flexible classes offered at EWU and the positive testimonial about the program is what pushed Trudgeon to pursue her education further.

Before entering the MSW program, Trudgeon tells of the challenges she faced when making her  decision. She cites several obstacles, including choice of study, determination of timing, and  and covering the cost of continued education. Yet, her career goals and motivations surpassed these obstacles leading her into the successes she owns today. Looking back, she holds much gratitude for her choice to personally grow and invest in her future.

With aspirations to help others reach full potential, Jamie wants to use her degree to make a positive influence in the world. She hopes to use her education in social work as an outlet to serve and help make a positive change in the lives of others. When considering different career paths, Jamie states that “Social Work stood out to me because of the ethics and values that are a part of working in [sic] the field.” She also notes how vast the field is and the many ways a professional can serve.

…I knew that I wanted to continue my education and personal growth and I’m so glad that I decided to enroll in the MSW program. – Jamie Trudgeon

When asked to share a meaningful learning experience from the MSW program, Jamie reflected on the topics covered in the Grief, Loss and Resilience course. In discovering different coping mechanisms and behavior of those who have battled loss, she is now able to apply this knowledge in the workplace during the interactions and conversations with clients and colleagues.

One of the things Trudgeon is most proud of is her decision to move abroad for two years after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree. She states that, “It was extremely challenging, exciting and eye-opening. I think having that life experience shaped me in a lot of ways and helped guide me down the personal and professional path that I am on now.” Jamie lived & taught in Cheonan, South Korea and then in Seoul, South Korea. She also spent some time traveling in Hong Kong, Indonesia & the Philippines and lived in Newcastle, Australia for a bit.

Jamie acknowledges the support she has received from her Agency Field Advisor, Kylie Engeland, and Faculty Field Advisor, Veronica Risken-Oakes, who have guided her throughout her practicum, where she applies what she has learned in the classroom into practice with real clients. Trudgeon also shares that Dr. Sarah Shears, Professor of Social Work, has enriched her learning experience in the classroom. With the help of faculty, she is accomplishing her dreams of personal growth and self-development in effective ways.

Currently, Jamie is the Youth Program Coordinator with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Washington, overseeing the Individualized Learning Program for students. She helps match newly arrived refugees and immigrants with volunteer tutors who provide student homework support and English learning assistance. She shares the wonderful opportunity their programs offer for “refugee students and families to make connections with members of their community and to build relationships that support their strength and resiliency as they are settling in the U.S.”

Jamie is excited to progress in her career as she uses her knowledge of social work to help others. When envisioning her future, she hopes to work with an agency that provides supportive services for families and individuals who need assistance with the challenges they are facing. Because of Jamie’s personal investment at college, she continues to use her education to soar in the field of social work.

As the College of Professional Programs, we proudly acknowledge Jamie Trudgeon for her achievements and efforts!

Learn more:

Do you work in a school district in Spokane? The Spokane IRC office is relatively new, and they are “looking forward to partnering with additional school districts in the area to provide after-school programming, educational orientation and mentorship to the growing refugee population.” Learn more.

Are you interested in traveling abroad? Consider EWU Education Abroad Opportunities! Learn more.

Are you considering the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at EWU? Learn more.

    • Join the MSW-Graduate Program Director by Zoom for an information session on the MSW Program and the Fall 2022 Application Cycle. Please register in advance up to the time of the session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If these sessions do not meet your schedule, contact Dr. Deb Svoboda at MSW@ewu.edu to set an appointment.