Human Services Associate

Associate Degree

The Human Services associate program at Blackhawk Technical College trains students to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. Students will acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities and will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. General education courses included in the program develop in students a to better understanding of social problems. During the second year of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Field Experience in a human service agency. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Model a commitment to cultural competence
  2. Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism
  4. Utilize community resources
  5. Apply human services interventions and best practices
  6. Cultivate professional relationships

Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
  • Income Maintenance Worker
  • Information and Referral Specialist
  • Intake Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Prevention Worker
  • Resident Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Program Director
  • Social Worker
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
520-100 Introduction to Human Services 3
520-101 Community Resources and Services 3
520-102 Introduction to Gerontology 3
801-198 Speech 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
520-103 Interviewing Principles & Documentation 3
520-104 Racial and Cultural Diversity in Human Services 3
520-105 Intro to Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorders 3
520-106 Professional Practices in Human Services 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester 3
520-107 Field Experience / Human Services 1 3
520-108 Children and Family Services 3
520-109 Group Facilitation 3
520-110 People with Disabilities 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
Semester 4
520-111 Field Experience / Human Services 2 3
520-112 Human Services Organizational Operations 3
520-113 Rehabilitation Services 3
520-114 Victimology 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
 Total Credits60

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-196Introduction to Sociology3