Human Services

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Human Service Technician Level One Certificate

 The Human Service Technician Level One certificate will provide students an opportunity to gain entry level skills to enter fields such as psychiatry, psychology, human services, rehabilitative therapy, social work, child welfare, health, family services, criminal justice, substance abuse, therapeutic recreation, education, and homelessness, among others. It will also train students to observe patients and record information, conduct patient interviews, implement treatment plans, employ problem-solving techniques, and develop an awareness of elements relative to a multi-culturally diverse population. Certificate completers will participate in external learning experiences in a variety of context and will be required to complete a supervised practicum or clinical. Effective communication, interpersonal and time management skills will be emphasized throughout the program. 

Human Services AAS Degree

The Human Services AAS degree will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields such as psychiatry, psychology, human services, rehabilitative therapy, social work, child welfare, health, family services, criminal justice, substance abuse, therapeutic recreation, education, and homelessness, among others. Job titles might include human service worker, case management aide, social work assistant, community support worker, mental health aide, community outreach worker, life skills counselor or gerontology aide. Working conditions may vary considerably. Some may work in offices, clinics and hospitals, while other graduates may work in group homes, shelters, day programs or may spend their time in the field, visiting clients. Human service assistants may provide direct and indirect client services. Students will be trained to observe patients and record information, conduct patient interviews, implement treatment plans, employ problem-solving techniques, handle crisis intervention matters, use proper case management and referral procedures, and develop an awareness of elements relative to a multi-culturally diverse population. Graduates will have a strong background in the appropriate cores of psychology and sociology; will participate in external learning experiences in a variety of context and will be required to complete a supervised practicum or clinical. Effective communication, interpersonal and time management skills will be emphasized throughout the program. All coursework will have a multicultural emphasis. The AAS degree is designed to facilitate a transition from WCJC to a university with little or no loss of transfer credit giving the student an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in fields such as psychology, human services, social work, and sociology.

Student Achievement/Program Effectiveness

  • 58.3% of total graduates pursued higher level degrees of education

  • 100% of these graduates were accepted and successfully transferred credit hours

  • 77.8% of graduates either gained employment and/or continued their education at a higher level educational institution

  • Agencies and employers report students/graduates are very knowledgeable, well-rounded in their education, well-trained in their skills, and portray professional and ethical behaviors while in the practicum and/or work settings

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