The Human Services Program, Transfer Option, is designed to provide a comprehensive two-year undergraduate education while exposing students to the broad and diverse field of human services. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for all of society. The A.S. degree curriculum provides a general background for work with special populations, children, families and adults. Most professions in human services require academic work beyond the A.S. degree level for continuing professional work and advancement. Instruction is cross-disciplinary and is designed for maximum transferability for those wishing to continue their studies. Students interested in the Human Services curriculum are required to arrange an appointment with the NCC coordinator prior to enrolling in the program.
Most of the Human Services courses must be taken in sequence. Field experience, utilizing nearby community agencies, is planned as an integral part of the third and fourth semesters. Opportunities for this experience are provided in a variety of community service agencies and students are expected to devote six hours a week to field placement in both semesters.
Field placements are assigned by the program coordinator. The students should be available to do their field work experience sometime between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, as most social service agencies are closed evenings and weekends. However, there are a limited number of agencies that can accommodate a student in the evening and on weekends.
A participant may be counseled out of the program if, in the judgment of the program staff, the individual is not temperamentally, emotionally or intellectually equipped to work effectively and sensitively in a human services capacity.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the realities of employment or continued study in the field of Human Services;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of agencies and services to specific target groups of people needing assistance;
- Understand the structure and purpose of various community agencies;
- Develop self-awareness, use problem-solving skills, and develop supportive positive relationships with clients;
- Develop an understanding of the issues of confidentiality and the client's right to self-determination; and
- Develop critical thinking skills within the context of professional human services practice to solve problems, to apply learning and reasoning strategies, and to acquire and utilize information.