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The Human Services A.A. program provides a basic academic background for the student seeking a career working with people in a variety of social settings. The program is based on a synthesis of knowledge from several social sciences, together with methodologies of intervention at the individual,group and community levels. The Human Service profession promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but by also seeking to improve accessibility,accountability, coordination, and collaboration among professionals and agencies to attain the highest quality of life with the least amount of intervention.
Over a two year course of study students engage in a rich learning experience to explore theory, and acquire knowledge and skills in intervention, community organization, social welfare policy, and basic social work strategies. In addition, students are guided to a better understanding of self, and their abilities to make a difference in individuals, families and communities.
As a basic introductory program graduates may find entry level positions as advocates, youth workers,volunteer coordinators, fund-raisers or advocacy specialists for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, or other social issues. A significant number of graduates from this program are employed in agencies, federal, state and non-profit organizations, for profit enterprises, and a variety of societal settings.
Many graduates continue their education completing B.A. or B.S. degrees in social work, counseling,psychology, vocational rehabilitation, public administration or education. Students who intend to continue their studies at one of the California State Colleges or at the University of California; students should work with their counselors for specific requirements.
The Associate in Arts Degree in Human Services is available for students who meet the graduation requirements and complete the following required courses, with a minimum grade of a “C” in each course in the degree and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
ProgramsAssociate of ArtsCertificate