Public Service Technology - Human Services
The curriculum in human services is designed to prepare individuals for careers in a para-professional capacity in a variety of helping agencies: educational settings, nursing homes, mental health facilities, halfway houses, institutions for the intellectually disabled, sheltered workshops, drug facilities, institutions for senior citizens, and correctional and rehabilitative institutions.
Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for success in human services and related activities. Successful completion of academic courses does not guarantee coordinated internship placement. Agency requirements will be used in making internship placement decisions.
Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor or a counselor for assistance in planning programs and selecting electives. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university are encouraged to consult with the institution to which they plan to transfer for assistance in planning a program. For those who wish to transfer, refer to the Human Services options under Transfer Degrees.
If preparing for employment in the field of Human Services, the student should be aware of the following requirements and plan accordingly:
- Students must meet with a faculty advisor and determine the suitability of the program.
- The applicant must be free of any mental or physical condition which might adversely affect his/her performance in the field of Human Services.
- Students with disabilities who meet program prerequisites are eligible for admission to the program.
- The applicant must be of excellent moral character and must not have been convicted of any felony or any serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. Background checks may be conducted.
- Students who plan to be employed in the field of Human Services are encouraged to check with the employing agency in order to determine any special employment requirements of the particular agency.
The following occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:
- Adult Activity Center Instructor and/or Work
- Day Care Worker
- Assistant Correctional and Rehabilitative
- Assistant Drug Counselor
- Assistant Intellectual Disability Counselor
- Assistant Nursing Home Director
- Halfway House Manager
- Senior Citizen Activity Director
- Social Services Aide
- Teacher Aide and/or Instructional Assistant
- Welfare Eligibility Worker