Human Services is the art and science of working with and helping others. The Human Services program is designed to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to work effectively with people in a wide variety of professional settings. Past graduates have worked in nursing homes, mental health and developmental disability settings, day care centers, youth programs, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and in other social service agencies. Because many career paths in the helping professions require degrees beyond the associate degree, over half of the graduates of the Human Services program continue their education at four-year schools.
Supervised Field Experience is an important part of the program. While enrolled in Field Experience, students intern in area social service agencies where they work under direct agency supervision. They also attend weekly on-campus seminars coordinated by the Human Services department. Such Field Experiences allow students to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to real life situations and to test potential career choices.
The Human Service Program has four basic Objectives:
Graduates of the Human Service Department’s Transfer and Career Options will
Graduates will also
6a. Successfully transfer to Baccalaureate Degree programs within and beyond Massachusetts.
Career Option Graduates will also
6b. Be able to obtain and successfully perform within a variety of entry-level helping positions in areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, services to children, youth and families, addictions treatment, social services, and gerontology.