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AWARD OFFERED Associate in Applied Science
Admission Requirements and Curriculum
The Human Services Program offers the A.A.S. degree with three options: Mental Health Associate, Alcohol and Drug Associate, and Social Work Associate. A student may complete one or more of the three options, depending upon which field he/she wishes to pursue.
Graduates of this program hold a wide array of job titles, including human service worker, case management aide, social work assistant, community support worker, mental health aide, community outreach worker, life skill counselor, or gerontology aide. They usually work under the direction of supervisors from a variety of fields, such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or physical therapy, or social work.
Social and human service assistants provide direct and indirect client services to ensure that individuals in their care reach their maximum level of functioning. They assess clients’ needs, establish their eligibility for benefits and services such as food stamps, Medicaid, or welfare, and help clients to obtain those services. In halfway houses, group homes, and government-supported housing programs, they assist adults who need supervision with personal hygiene and daily living skills. They review clients’ records, ensure that they take correct doses of medication, talk with family members, and confer with medical personnel and other caregivers to gain better insight into clients’ backgrounds and needs. Social and human service assistants also provide emotional support, monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors and case managers. Job opportunities in the Human Services field are expected to be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education. These occupations are ranked among the most rapidly growing occupations through 2014.
Median hourly earnings of social and human service assistants were $13.87 in May 2012, with the top 10 percent earning more than $22.16 per hour. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Susan Beck, Program Director