Feb 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog

Human Services, AAS

This is the parent program for the Addiction Studies, CPC  

Total Program Credits: 92-97

Estimated Program Length: Two years

Offered by the Social Science  Division, 541.463.5427

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  

Program Coordinator Susan Shipp, shipps@lanecc.edu

Dean Philip Martinez

Purpose The primary purpose of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services 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. 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: https://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.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of all Human Services requirements, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Become knowledgeable about ethical standards inherent in the human services field.
  • Develop interviewing skills.
  • Develop cultural competency in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Conduct various assessments.
  • Develop a plan of action for clients using a strengths-based approach to link people with community resources.
  • Develop and demonstrate evidence-based practices.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professionalism.
  • Develop and demonstrate computer literacy to use technology for educational and career success.

Advising Advisement is strongly recommended for academic planning each term. If you intend to transfer to a four year college and earn a bachelor’s degree in a Human Services (or related) program, notify the advising team within the first or second term. Contact the advising team: Andi Graham and Ben Fisher at socsci-llcprograms@lanecc.edu or 541.463.3800.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Cooperative Education / Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to the workplace.  Students receive college credits toward their degree while exploring career options and gaining practical experience.

Working or interning in the human services profession often requires a background check, including criminal history.  Situations are evaluated on an individual basis.  A conviction does not automatically disqualify a person from obtaining placement or employment.  Students are encouraged to speak with the Co-op Coordinator if they have concerns about the background check process.

Students are required to attend a co-op orientation prior to beginning their field placement. Contact Christina Salter, Co-op Coordinator at salterc@lanecc.edu or (541)463-5813.

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

Social and Human Service Assistants
Lane County openings - 88 annually
Statewide openings - 883

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Lane County openings - 23
Statewide openings - 258

Social and Human Service Assistants
Lane County average hourly - $16.51; average annual - $ 34,335
Oregon average hourly - $18.11; average annual - $37,664

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Lane County average hourly - $19.53; average annual $48,601
Oregon average hourly - $25.35; average annual - $60,435

Estimated Program Cost 

Books   $1,900
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $12,500
  Total Estimated Cost $14,400

*Course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Program Core Courses

CORE courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. P/NP is not accepted.

HS 150  satisfies the Human Relations requirement.


ELECTIVES must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. P/NP is not accepted.