A professor at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette has been recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of social work. Jo Micon, Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Human Services, was named Social Worker of the Year by Region 4 of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Indiana Chapter. She received the award at a March 13 dinner celebrating Social Work Month.
Micon helped initiate the Human Services program at the college’s Lafayette campus. Under her leadership, enrollment in the program has grown to 200 students. Her students have expressed admiration for her high standards and professional leadership. In 2009 she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the college’s Lafayette region, an award bestowed by her faculty peers.
Prior to Ivy Tech, Micon served for 14 years as a therapist and as the coordinator of the alcohol and drug program in the Counseling and Psychological Services Program at Purdue University. She is able to share her years of professional experience in counseling with her students.
Each year the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) observes Social Work Month (March) as a time to pay tribute to colleagues and citizens who are making an outstanding contribution to social work practice or programs.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.