Human Services Certificate
The Human Services Assistant Certificate is designed for individuals who like to work with people and who have a strong desire to become employed in a helping profession. Human Services Assistants help social workers, health care workers, and other professionals to provide various services to people. The curriculum includes the following areas of study: human services, personal and professional development, interviewing techniques, and a supervised internship. Students can also select from one of the following areas of concentration: criminal justice, early care and education, gerontology, and substance abuse.
Admission to the human services certificate program requires a high school diploma or equivalent and qualifying scores on the College's placement test, or SAT or ACT.
It is becoming more common for employers of human services assistants to require a criminal background check, and in some settings, workers may be required to have a valid drivers license. Some employers may require criminal background checks, drug screening, and finger printing before students are allowed to participate in supervised internship experiences.
Personal characteristics such as a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, ability to be patient and understanding with individuals with a variety of challenges, and respect for maintaining confidentiality are especially important in the human services industry.
Graduates may seek employment in State and local governments (Department of Social Services, various law enforcement agencies, etc.), treatment facilities, nursing care/adult day care facilities, facilities for mentally disabled and developmentally challenged individuals, and in school districts. Positions in a human services setting may include intake interviewer, alcohol/drug abuse intake counselor, social services assistant or gerontology aide.
Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2014 as a result of rapid growth in the demand for social and human services.
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