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Human Services

Why Choose the Human Services Program?

Human Services is an ever-expanding interdisciplinary field, which focuses on helping others gain the skills to help themselves. One of the hallmarks of this field is the flexibility that it brings in terms of transferable skills and job fluidity. Workers are often encouraged to spend several years at one site, move to another job, and so on. With advanced education coupled with work experience, advancement is readily achievable.

Our Human Services program blends service learning with academic coursework and internships to provide a well-rounded approach to the field, tiered in such a way to build student confidence, competence and skills with increasing community responsibilities.

Some of these internships present students with the opportunity to work with a variety of demographics, including the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families, persons with substance abuse issues, and numerous other specialty areas. Many students are hired or referred for employment right from their internship placements.

If you have a passion for helping people, critical thinking skills and a desire to step into possibly difficult situations to promote long-term positive growth, this program and career path might be a perfect fit for you.

Students will participate in both classroom instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local human services provider to gain the skills and experience necessary to prepare students for a variety of entry- and mid-level positions within the field of human services.

How Long It Takes:

Human Services AAT & AAS-T Degree: 6-8 quarters

Chemical Dependency Option Certificate: 3 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Case Workers/Case Aides

Case Workers/ Case Aides Career & Wage Details

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Bryant Watts

Bldg 2, Rm 112

Robert Welch

Bldg 2, Rm 120

Duke White


Human Services Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

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