JRI and Bridgewater State University


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Learn more about Taina Nazario's experience in the MSW program at Bridgewater State University while working at JRI.


JRI’s partnership with Bridgewater State University (BSU) began with the idea of wanting to create an accessible, affordable opportunity for JRI staff to pursue and further their academic interests as well as create career paths for BSU students to pursue internships and opportunities to work in the mental health field.


Many of BSU’s values closely align with JRI’s mission. From our collaboration with the BSU School of Social Work department, Substance Use certification or events happening at the Martin Richard Institute of Social Justice, we, together are in pursuit of social justice and creating opportunities.


JRI’s commitment to creating educational opportunities for our staff will not waiver and as our partnership with BSU continues to grow more places to partner or support each other becomes more apparent.


Kaleigh Gendreau, Classroom Support Staff at Anchor Academy and MSW Student at Bridgewater State University, quote from Kaleigh: Over the last two years, I have been lucky to work with JRI.  I absolutely fell In love with work here, as well as the frameworks of ARC and Trauma-Informed care.  JRI provides an immense amount of support to communities in MA, CT, and RI, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of a company that is so widespread. The mission and vision of JRI are directly aligned with my own, and for that, I am grateful and felt personally connected to JRI from the beginning. When I applied for grad school last year I did not expect just how much more JRI would help me with my educational experience. Not only is JRI assisting with my professional development but also providing me an opportunity to continue working for them throughout the program. I very much am looking forward to continuing to build myself personally and professionally and my career here at JRI.

What does YOUR tomorrow look like?

BSU has many options available to obtain a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) or Master in Social Work (MSW). The School of Social Work offers:

  • Full-time or part-time program options
  • Daytime, evening classes and Saturday classes
  • Diverse faculty with a range of experience in social work settings
  • Wide range of placement opportunities*
  • Affordable tuition*

In addition, Bridgewater State University has a partnership with Bristol Community College.  Learn more about the CC2BSU program.

*JRI is strongly committed to affordable tuition and offering a wide range of placement opportunities.

  1. We want to ensure JRI staff has access to placement opportunities within JRI, working a field placement with a different program service delivery than their home program. In addition, leveraging programs who currently collaborate with BSU and understand the need for flexibility and creativity.
  2. For anyone obtaining a BSW at BSU, JRI will reimburse for tuition, up to 3 courses per calendar year (maximum $4,000 per calendar year). More specifically, any staff working toward their Master in Social Work, JRI offers a 1/3 scholarship!

How Tuition Reimbursement Works for the BSW Program at Bridgewater State University

Annual BSW Tuition at Bridgewater State University is 10,732 dollars. Annual Tuition Reimbursement from JRI	is 4,000 dollars. Employee Pays $6,732.

There is no wait time to be eligible for tuition reimbursement for the Bachelor's Degree Program at Bridgewater State University.  As soon as you become employed by JRI, you are eligible for this benefit.



How Tuition Reimbursement Works for the Master's in Social Work Program at Bridgewater State University

Employee pays $9,821.73 for MSW program at Bridgewater State University

Please note that the amounts vary with the amounts of credits taken, depending on how long the student takes to complete the program. And that tuition and fees is subject to change each year.


JRI's flexibility and tuition reimbursement allowed me to pursue my Master's degree while working full-time. Without the emotional and financial support from JRI, that long term goal may not have been achieved. Bridgewater State University's MPA program was a perfect fit for me both personally and professionally. The professors really cared and got to know you as a person. The times and locations of classes were flexible to meet the schedules of working individuals.  - Rachel Arruda, MPA, Service Navigator at JRI  Bridgewater State University Alum - undergraduate and graduate Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration
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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.