Human Services Program Overview

HumanServices_SMALL-12Do you enjoy helping others? Want a fulfilling career where you can work directly with people – and, in one of the fastest-growing fields out there?

Start here with a Human Services degree from Middlesex.

Whether you want to build skills and qualifications for your current position, seek a new and exciting career, or aspire to be a leader in the field of social work – we offer a wide range of programs in Human Services specializations with a flexible schedule that fits your life. You’ll learn about the challenges and the rewards of working in Human Services – while gaining practical hands-on experience in your focus area.

Our curriculum is designed for those seeking continuing education or further enhancement of their skills in human services as well as those planning to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in human services, social work, psychology, counseling or other areas.

In this hands-on educational program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the attitudes, thoughts and feelings of working in a human services area through our top-notch clinical courses.
Gain direct experience with human service consumers and agencies through a variety of diverse internships and class experiences.

Middlesex can train you to work in the career of your dreams – helping people in need, in areas including social work, education, advocacy, community services, mental health and more. Get right to work in a field that’s projected to grow by 25 percent over the coming years, with an Associate’s Degree in Science or one of our sought-after certification programs.

The Human Services degree is part of MxCC’s Social  Sciences Division, which also includes anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology; and oversees curricula in Human Services, Juvenile Justice, Therapeutic Recreation, Substance Abuse Education, Criminal Justice, and Early Childhood Education.
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Occupational programs

Employment of HS workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Opportunities for qualified applicants are expected to be excellent, not only because of projected rapid growth in the occupation but because of substantial replacement needs.

 

Occupational trends

The following is a sampling of potential jobs in Human Services:

  • Adult day care worker
  • Activities coordinator
  • Behavior management aide
  • Case worker
  • Case manager
  • Child care worker
  • Child advocate
  • Child abuse worker
  • Client advocate
  • Community organizer
  • Community outreach worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Domestic violence counselor
  • Drug counseling tech
  • Family support worker
  • Gerontology aide
  • Group activities aide
  • Group facilitator
  • Group home worker
  • Home health aide
  • Halfway house counselor
  • Intake interviewer
  • Job coach
  • Juvenile court liaison
  • Life skills instructor
  • Mental health aide
  • Neighborhood worker
  • Parks & recreation worker
  • Pet therapy aide
  • Probation officer
  • Psychological aide
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • Residential counselor
  • Social services tech
  • Therapeutic recreation asst.
  • Volunteer director
  • Youth worker

 

Jobs You Can Get With A Human Services Degree:

Students with an Associate Degree in Human Services from Middlesex Community College may seek entry-level positions as social services assistants, working in residential facilities for youth or adults with mental illness or mental retardation, entry-level case management positions in psychiatric hospitals, retirement homes, assisted living or long term care facilites, or as mental health assistants in homeless shelters and agencies that deal with juvenile and criminal justice.

These positions are often assisting someone who has a higher degree. It is possible to move up within an agency through experience and education.  Some private non-profit agencies will provide tuition reimbursement and flexible hours in order for their employees to continue their education.

 

How Long Will You Have To Go To School?

This degree program takes students anywhere from two-to three years to complete, depending on many factors. Individual progress, course load and need for any additional courses may affect the time it takes for degree completion. This program is intensive, requiring two internships and offering a great deal of experience to students.

To be successful in employment within the Human Services field, further education is  recommended, especially in social work.  A bachelor’s degree in social work is encouraged. About 60 percent of MxCC students in this program are offered jobs within the agencies where they’re doing internships.

For more information about academic transfer options, contact Professor Judith Felton at MxCC, 343-5816.

Other options for further education are to combine the associate degree with the Substance Abuse Education Certificate and/or the Juvenile Justice Certificate, either of which can make a student more marketable to employers within those particular areas of social work.

 

Sample Salary Information:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-and-human-service-assistants.htm

 

Job Availability and Growth:

Allied health and social services are growing fields, especially in entry-level positions, due to the shift from large institutions to smaller, more intimate facilities that promote clients’ independence.

In Connecticut, there is an estimated employment need of 7,590 workers annually in the Social and Human Services Assistant positions, which is far higher than many other industries.
For additional, specific salary information, visit: www.bls.gov

Downloadable Program Forms & Documents

For more information about the Human Services program, contact:

Judith Felton

Professor, Human Services and Psychology
Coordinator: Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Juvenile Justice, Therapeutic Recreation, and Substance Abuse Programs
Phone: 860-343-5816
Email: jfelton@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 508
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