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2011-2012 Catalog 
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Human Services, Certificate of Completion

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The Certificate of Completion is designed for individuals currently working in a human service setting, but who do not have college experience or hold a college degree in this area. As such, non-traditional students are encouraged to enroll. The course sequence is intended to provide a broad overview of the field of human services, social welfare systems, and specific populations and groups engaged in social services. Students can tailor the program to their career needs through the selection of a specialized elective in human services, as well as an elective consistent with a broader liberal arts education.

Through the selection of a specialized elective, students can customize their education to meet their immediate career needs in the fields of disability, gerontology, child welfare or other social service settings. Course content addresses the skills and knowledge necessary to function more effectively and efficiently within any human service setting. Graduates will be able to apply a set of professional values and critical thinking skills to the day-to-day judgments common to direct support positions, as well as gain an understanding of the programs, benefits and rules that comprise the broader social welfare system and impact their daily work.

Upon earning the Certificate of Completion, students will be prepared to advance beyond entry-level human service positions while they continue to pursue further education toward the Certificate in Human Services or an Associate of Arts degree. The Certificate of Completion is envisioned as a first step on the career ladder in human services. See the Certificate in Human Services for additional information.

Graduates are able to:

  • identify social welfare programs serving vulnerable populations
  • apply social work values and the Code of Ethics to controversial topics and case scenarios
  • access community resources for specific target populations with whom they work
  • describe a strengths-based approach to client assessment and intervention
  • define and promote self-determination and empowerment among individuals with whom they work
  • communicate effectively with individuals and families regarding social service needs and resources
  • demonstrate basic interviewing and supportive counseling skills

NOTE: Students in this program may not be eligible for Financial Aid; students should meet with an Academic Advisor or Financial Aid staff to discuss options for Financial Aid eligibility.

Curriculum – Certificate of Completion Program

Total Credits 15

1 In consultation with their sponsoring agency (if applicable), select a course from among the following specialized electives: Introduction to Disabilities (HMNS 110 ), Introduction to Gerontology (HMNS 220 ), Introduction to Women & Gender (WGST 110 ), Juvenile Delinquency (CRMJ 212 ), Introduction to Special Education (HMNS 240 ), Perspectives in Death and Dying (NURS 221 ) or successful completion of the Child Welfare Certificate Program.

2 In consultation with the Certificate Program Coordinator and sponsoring agency, if applicable, select a course from among English Composition I (ENGL 111 ), Computer Literacy (CISY 102 ), Intercultural Communications (COMM 201 ), Number Systems (MATH 101 ), Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 103 ), Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101 ), or Introduction to Nutrition (BIOL 142 ).

NOTE: English Composition I (ENGL 111 ) is recommended prior to registering for other academic courses to establish English proficiency. Placement testing is required prior to registering for ENGL 111 

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