Human Services Paraprofessional
The Human Services major leads to the Associate of Science degree, providing students with an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to Social Work, Counseling and related occupations, and prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to continue their education toward an advanced degree and potential licensure in Social Work or related fields.
Social Workers are counselors, educators and advocates, and work with children, adults and elders in social and welfare institutions by addressing poverty, abuse, and drug and alcohol dependence issues. In a broad sense, the Social Worker’s role is to engage the individual, community and society to address issues of social injustice.
Students completing the Associate Degree may be hired as Social Worker Assistants, Residential Counselors, Case Managers, or in similar paraprofessional human services positions. Students completing baccalaureate degrees can find employment in more advanced Social Work, Counseling or related occupations, and those completing graduate degrees will be qualified to pursue licensure as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist.
As with all programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern.