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Human Services Certificate Program

Human Services Certificate

OVERVIEW

The Human Services certificate program teaches basic generalist human services skills and ethics, and also provides a foundation in the social services. This certificate will increase a student’s opportunities for employment and advancement in human services work.
All courses required for the certificate also meet requirements for the Human Services A.S. degree. A student who earns the Certificate will also have completed approximately half the credits required for the Human Services A.S. degree.
The 29-credit Human Services certificate program prepares graduates for careers in social services and other community organizations. The certificate is a great way for students to begin their education to determine if human services is a field for them.
The courses required for the certificate program emphasize human service methods and community resources. Students are able to practice group work in a controlled classroom environment and have real world experience in the field work practicum and seminar courses. The practicum is supervised and students have the opportunity to interact with clients in particular agencies. Working with the program faculty, students are matched to agencies based on their skills and interests.

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JOB GROWTH & WAGES

Employment of human service workers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than for all occupations.  The 2017 mean average income for human service workers was $33,120. 

POTENTIAL JOB TITLES

  • Client Support Worker
  • Direct Care Staff
  • Program Assistant

LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • Brien Center
  • Service Net
  • Christian Center
  • Berkshire County ARC
  • United Way
  • Pediatric Development Center
  • Berkshire Children and Families
  • Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center (Girls Inc.)
  • Council on Aging
  • United Cerebral Palsy

 

  • Full Time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    Intro to Community Resources
    Intro to Psychology
    Intro to Sociology
    English Composition I
    Intro to Student Success & Wellness

    SEMESTER 2
    Human Service Methods
    Field Work Practicum I & Seminar I
    Human Growth and Development
    Group & Professional Development
    Specialized Elective
  • Part Time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    Intro to Community Resources
    Intro to Student Success & Wellness

    SEMESTER 2
    Intro to Psychology
    English Composition I

    SEMESTER 3
    Human Service Methods
    Intro to Sociology
    SEMESTER 4
    Field Work Practicum I & Seminar I
    Human Growth and Development
    SEMESTER 1
    Group & Professional Development
    Specialized Elective
     
Human Services Certificate
Talented faculty who work in the field, know what students will encounter in the profession, and send them out with the skills necessary to do the work.