Human Services Technology
For many people, "making a difference in the lives of others" is important in choosing a career path. The Human Services Technology program offers the opportunity to develop entry-level helping skills for assisting others in navigating the course of their lives.
Students develop a foundation for understanding human needs through extensive coursework in psychology and sociology. Courses include adolescent psychology, abnormal psychology, human development, stress management, social problems, marriage and family, and aging.
Additionally, students develop oral and written communication skills through courses in English composition, basic counseling and interviewing, keyboarding, and Internet navigation. Students also have the opportunity to study Spanish. With this curriculum, students are prepared to work to meet the needs of a wide variety of populations.
Graduates can expect to find work with a variety of populations, such as the developmentally challenged, children and youth, the aged, and the mentally ill. Recent graduates have obtained positions in food stamps and benefits analysis with the Department of Social Services, as intake counselors and program assistants in day treatment and sheltered workshop settings, as facilitators with children and youth programs, in domestic violence services, and in programs for the aged.
Students will enjoy participating in small classes with individualized attention. An internship is also required, during which students apply newly acquired helping skills in a human service agency. Classes are taught on both the Harnett Main Campus and Lee Main Campus for the first year of the program. The second year of the program is offered at the Lee Main Campus and selected classes are available online.
What Students Learn
Students successfully completing the Human Services Technology Program will be able to:
- Properly document client records
- Conduct a successful information-gathering interview
- Critically assess their own professional effectiveness in helping consumers achieve desired goals