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    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
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    Human Services.
    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-three percent of SCC's 2022 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Graduate Report
    Human Services.
    93% Graduate Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-three percent of SCC's 2022 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Graduate Report

Human Services

  •  Estimated Cost: $10,160.50

    Program Length: 4 semesters

    Locations: Lincoln / Partial Online

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring / Summer

    Awards Offered: AAS

    Program Description

    The Human Services Program prepares students for careers in the helping professions. We train students to work in Social Services Agencies as direct support staff to individuals who are receiving assistance. The Human Services Feild is a diverse and growing profession with many employment options, and room for advancement. This is a generalist degree which allows you to focus your career on any population including children, adolescents, adults, and elders. Including those struggling with homelessness, domestic or child abuse, unemployment, and behavioral health challenges like mental health or addiction. The degree empowers graduates to become employed in a wide variety of fulfilling positions. Students learn skills of active listening, critical thinking, and social advocacy. Students gain an understanding of the individual and societal impacts of poverty, abuse, oppression, mental health and addiction. Students complete several practicum experiences in the community, which prepare them to enter the workforce upon graduation already having experience in the field.

    Students have the opportunity to obtain an Academic Certificate in conjunction with their Associates of Arts Degree in Human Services. This dual enrollment allows students to specialize, and graduate with both an AAS in Human Services and an Academic Certificate in either Alcohol and Drug Counseling, or Peer Support. These specialized Certificates prepare students to take state exams for licensure, and work in specialized professions. Only one certificate can be enrolled in at a time.

    More information about the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate.

    For more information about the Peer Support Certificate.

    You are a good fit for Human Services if you:

    • are interested in people's stories
    • are curious about people's behaviors
    • want to help people overcome social barriers
    • see injustice and want to change it
    • are a good listener
    • care about people and what happens to them
    • are open-minded and accepting of differences
    • are flexible

    You can start the Human Services program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

    1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
    2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
    3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
    4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

    We will prepare you to be an innovative leader in the community who provides direct supportive services promoting diversity, self-awareness and social justice. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. Recent Human Services graduates report an average starting salary of $37,856. Careers include:

    • Activities Aide
    • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    • Case Manager
    • Community Support Professional
    • Family Advocate
    • Mental Health Security Specialist or Technician
    • Outreach Worker
    • Peer Support
    • Teen Specialist

    The Human Services Program is nationally accredited by:

    Council for Standards in Human Service Education
    3337 Duke Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Michelle Hawco, M.A., Program Chair
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2746

    Shane Crockett, M.A., LIMHP, PLADC, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2749

    Jennifer Engelhaupt, M.A., LMHP, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2264

    Mary Feis-Christy, M.S., ACADC, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2748

    Jodi Freeman MPA, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2691

    Tammy Kelch, M.A., LADC, LMHP, LPC, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2745

    Tricia Kingsley, MSW, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2529

    Cynthia Surrounded, MFS, Instructor
    800-642-4075 Ext. 2751


    *Please note: Students need to obtain CPR AED and TB before progressing to advanced Practicums. Any cost associated with this will be the student's expense.

    For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report.

    For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact ir@southeast.edu.