Human Services A.A.S. Degree

Human Services A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Human Services program prepares graduates to assist professionals in all kinds of positions where people help people. These include community and social welfare agencies, mental health and social service agencies, community organizations, habilitation and rehabilitation agencies, day care centers and nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, and geriatric services. The program prepares graduates to provide culturally aware and competent care for consumers. Prospective students should be aware that a Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions will be required for internships and employment.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply skills and attitudes that demonstrate cultural competence;
  • Effectively utilize a sequence of human services skills and processes;
  • Demonstrate interventions with a focus on client empowerment and advocacy applied through a skills approach;
  • Demonstrate skills to help, empower, and advocate;
  • Structure and facilitate effective group sessions/interactions;
  • Understand the contextual relationships within which individuals and organizations function; and
  • Demonstrate skills of social awareness and regulation, personal self-management, and teamwork.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for careers in the community and social welfare agencies, mental health and social service agencies, community organizations, habilitation and rehabilitation agencies, day care centers and nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, and geriatric services. Graduates may work in positions such as: Caseworker, Geriatric Service Worker, Youth Organizer, Community Coordinator, Domestic or Sexual Abuse Advocate, Family Support Worker, Events Volunteer Specialist, Personal Home Care Aid, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Hospital Patient Advocate, Education and Outreach Specialist, Social Services Assistant, Supervised Safe Exchange Worker, Mental Health Behavior Aide, Personal Home Care Aide.

Program Admission Requirements

A Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions will be required for the internship course and employment.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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Program Course Requirements

Semester One (14 credits)
ENGL 1422 Practical Writing (Goals 1,2), 3 cr
HSER 1102 Introduction to Human Services, Social Work, and Career Assessments, 4 cr
HSER 1104 Supportive Interventions, 4 cr
HSER 2100 Introduction to Case Management, 3 cr

Semester Two (16 credits)
HSER 1110 Fundamentals of Engagement and Interviewing Skills, 3 cr
HSER 1112 Multicultural Aspects of Human Services, 3 cr
HSER 1114 Understanding and Promoting Systems Change, 3 cr
PSYC 2421 General Psychology or PSYC 2423 Honors General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (Goals 2,5) or SOCL 1403 Honors Intro to Sociology (Goals 5,8), 3 cr

Semester Three (16 credits)
COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication or COMM 1422 Honors Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1), 3 cr
HLTH 1507 Drug Awareness, 3 cr
HSER 2102 Crisis Assessment and Intervention, 3 cr
HSER 2104 Internship Assessment and Preparation, 1 cr
HSER 1116 Ethics and Professionalism, 3 cr
HSER 2106 Mental Health, 3 cr

Semester Four (14 credits)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication or COMM 2420 Honors Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
HSER 2110 Introduction to Group Dynamics and Skills, 3 cr
HSER 2112 Internship Seminar, 1 cr
HSER 2155 Internship, 4 cr
SOCL 2481 Race, Ethnicity, and Oppression (Goals 5,7), 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUREMENT – 60 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

Jennifer Perez Krueger

Jennifer Perez Krueger

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 218-820-3445
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