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Human Services

Why Choose the Human Services Program?

Human Services is an ever-expanding interdisciplinary field, which focuses on helping others gain the skills to help themselves. One of the hallmarks of this field is the flexibility that it brings in terms of transferable skills and job fluidity. Workers are often encouraged to spend several years at one site, move to another job, and so on. With advanced education coupled with work experience, advancement is readily achievable. Our Human Services program blends service learning with academic coursework and internships to provide a well-rounded approach to the field, tiered in such a way to build student confidence, competence and skills with increasing community responsibilities. Some of these internships present students with the opportunity to work with a variety of demographics, including the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families, persons with substance abuse issues, and numerous other specialty areas. Many students are hired or referred for employment right from their internship placements. If you have a passion for helping people, critical thinking skills and a desire to step into possibly difficult situations to promote long-term positive growth, this program and career path might be a perfect fit for you.


Students will participate in both classroom instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local human services provider to gain the skills and experience necessary to prepare students for a variety of entry- and mid-level positions within the field of human services.
How Long It Takes:

Human Services Degree: 6-8 Quarters

Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate: 3 Quarters


All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$27,900 per year

Full Career Details.

Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Human Services Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Human Services Program, students will:

  • Adhere to the ethical guidelines established by the NOHS, ACA, APA, and NASW as well as adherence to Federal, State and Local laws.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to effectively assess and apply skills & strategies needed to facilitate community resources and support systems to meet the needs of the client.
  • Identify, and explain population- specific needs and strengths from a multicultural competency standpoint.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to diversity when interacting with individuals and families by adapting his/her helping approach to the needs of the client's culture and by being a culturally competent practitioner within the community where she/he practices.
  • Facilitate the process of referral to support systems and community resources to meet the needs of the client.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories and strategies used in human services delivery systems.
  • Use interpersonal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with peers, faculty, clients, and community agencies.
  • Utilize information management skills to write case notes and manage confidential documents in accordance with federal and state guidelines.
  • Maintain professional behavior by adherence to personal boundaries, professional attitude, leadership style, project management, speech & attire.
  • Proficiently use technology as it applies to the human services field.
  • Develop respectful professional relationships through proper utilization of empathetic and objective therapeutic communication skills.
  • Resolve conflict and crisis situations in a professional manner.
  • Identify and practice within the job-specific scope of practice for human services professionals.
  • Identify and implement service delivery functions such as outreach, engagement, assessment, planning, accessing resources, referral, coordination, advocacy, process methods, interventions and modalities.

Meet Your Instructors

Danny Copeland


Robert Welch

Bldg 2, Rm 112

Jennifer Weinman

Human Services Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 2, Room 120, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




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