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Human Services Associate Program


The Human Services program introduces students to the field of professional helping by offering a cluster of courses that are the foundation for further study. Students who are interested in social work, counseling, and addictions studies will learn from the carefully developed curriculum that is based on CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) standards. This will help students transfer into four-year social work programs. The curriculum gives both an overview of the helping field and an opportunity to experience it through an internship.

The program is a total of 65-66 credit hours that can be completed either on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates will receive an A.A.S. degree in Human Services. Students who successfully complete this curriculum with a concentration in addictions studies will have met the academic requirements to sit for the State Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (C.A.D.C.) examination. The Addictions Counseling Certificate offered by the Human Service Program is an Advanced Training Program certified by I.A.O.D.A.P.C.A. (Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc.).

This curriculum is designed to transfer in whole or in part to the following four-year colleges and universities: Governors State University, National Louis University, University of St. Francis, Chicago State University.

What is the employment outlook?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Services will be among the fastest growing career area through the year 2005. Entry-level salaries range from $14,000 to $20,000 per year, with experienced workers earning as much as $25,000.

South Suburban College's Educational Guarantee

As an expression of pride, confidence and accountability in our education and work force preparation, South Suburban College guarantees the technical and information skill competency of all Associate of Applied Science degree graduates. If a graduate is judged by an employer to be lacking in entry-level skills, the student is entitled to up to 25 percent tuition-free credit hours of additional skill retraining.

What do current students and graduates think of the program?

"South Suburban College provides a sincere commitment to the education and development of its students. The faculty in the Human Services Associate program have experience that transcends the classroom. The curriculum is reflective of the way the world really works and its diversity. In SSC's Human Services Associate program, you will utilize your natural interpersonal skills in a professional manner. You will be empowered!" -Malecia Johnson, 1996 Human Services Associate degree graduate

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For More Information

Contact Ms. Valerie D. Wise, LCSW, CADC, Human Services Associate Program Coordinator

(708) 596-2000 ext. 2275

Main Campus, Room 3483

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