Program Code: 469-01
Program Length: 1 year - 2 Semesters plus summer session
Minimum Credits: 43
Distance Learning Option Available
Dr John Brenner, 276.964.7226, Russell Hall Room 135
April Hess, 276.964.7209, Russell Hall Room 134
Purpose: There is a growing need for entry-level human services workers as aides, attendants, instructors, and paraprofessionals. This certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for potential employment in settings where social welfare, health, mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation, and residential services are provided. The program will expose students to the structure, purpose, philosophy, and services of these programs, and survey the basic skills and characteristics necessary for human service providers. Awareness of professional careers in these fields will be gained.
Occupational Objective: Preparation for positions as human services technicians in the following settings:
- Licensed home for adults
- Alcohol treatment programs
- Residential treatment prog.
- Sheltered workshop programs
- Group homes
- Senior citizen programs
- Social service programs
- Rehabilitation programs
- Psychiatric treatment facilities
Admission Requirements: In addition to requirements for general admission to the College, a personal interview with the program head is recommended.
Program Requirements: Students take various general education courses in addition to Human Services specialty courses. Many of these courses are transferable to two-year and four-year programs. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for a field placement in which students work (on volunteer basis) in the specialty area of their choice. Individuals currently employed in Human Services or related agencies may find it more convenient to take courses on a part-time basis.