Program Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this program is to provide education and internship to prepare students for entry-level employment in the human services field. Human service workers provide a wide range of emotional and practical support services aimed at addressing the needs of people facing a variety of challenges. Within the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, there is a General Human Services Track for students seeking a broad range of experience and a Children/Families track designed for those who would like to focus specifically on working with this population. Embedded within the AAS degree is a Career Pathway Certificate in Addiction Studies which prepares students for state certification in addiction counseling through Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board (MHACBO). For information on the certification process visit the MHACBO website: http://www.mhacbo.org/en.
Students enrolled in Human Services courses may continue their education and transfer to bachelor programs in related helping fields such as family and human services, psychology, or social work. Students interested in transfer options and/or state certification options should work closely with program advising staff to select appropriate courses to reach their education and career goals.
Students who complete this program will be able to:
PLO 1 - Practice professional and ethical standards inherent in the human services field
PLO 2 - Utilize skills of attending behavior, active listening, effective questioning techniques that align with theoretical orientations in the helping fields, while working with both individuals and groups
PLO 3 - Exhibit competence in working with people from diverse backgrounds
PLO 4 - Conduct various assessments with regard to eligibility, service needs and problem resolution, commonly used in the human services field
PLO 5 - Develop a plan of action for clients using a strengths-based approach to link people with community resources
PLO 6 - Utilize technology and digital resources for educational and career purposes
PLO 7 - Communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
PLO 8 - Describe current best practices in the field of human services and demonstrate the ability to implement these practices at the entry level