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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What can I do with my AAS in Human Services Technology?

 

A. Students can obtain entry level positions at Human Service agencies to serve a broad, diverse clientele.  Some of the job opportunities are youth mentors, human service assistants, qualified human service worker, resource officer, habilitation aides, and social service assistant to name a few.  Students are usually in supervised settings working closely with clients and other support staff within an agency. 

 

Q. What is the job outlook for Human Services?

 

A. Click here for some valuable information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics

 

Please see the following link for more information from the Bureau of Labor and Statisticsí about projected job growth and salary outlook:    http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos059.htm#outlook

 

Citation Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Social and Human Service Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos059.htm (visited September 07, 2010).

 

Q. I want to be a counselor/therapist.  Does this degree help me do that?

 

A. Students who want to pursue a career in counseling, therapy or social work will have to continue their education beyond the Associate in Applied Science.  Careers in the counseling field usually require at least a masterís degree. 

 

Please talk with your advisor for more information about continuing your education.  Often times the process can be overwhelming when making decisions about different options or opportunities in Human Services. 

                                                                            

Q. How long does the degree take?

 

A. This may vary depending on the student and number of credits taken per semester.   AAS degrees can be completed within 2-to -2 Ĺ years usually.    However, each student may modify, change or plan their program of study accordingly with the input from their advisor to achieve the highest level of success while at HCC. 

 

Q. Are classes offered in the evening or online?

 

A. We do have a number of classes offered in the evening and on-line instruction.

 

Q. What can I do to make myself more marketable in todayís workforce before I graduate?

 

Students are encouraged to participate in the Human Services Club and other campus organizations.  Consider volunteer activities in your community and involvement in professional organizations.  Many professional organizations offer discounted student membership rates.  These are a great way to research best practices, monitor areas of interest and search for workshop opportunities.  Take advantage of free workshops offered on campus.  Develop your computer knowledge.  Many positions in the Human Services require advanced computer skills to do reports and documentation.

                             

Q. What are the Cooperative Education requirements or Co-Op's

  

Please see course descriptions for information on the Cooperative Education requirements. Students should talk with their faculty advisor regarding Cooperative Education the semester before they plan to complete their first Co-Opís. 

 

 

COE 110 World of Work 1 0 0 1

Prerequisites: ENG 095, ENG 095A

Corequisites: COE 111 if required in program

This course covers basic knowledge necessary for gaining and maintaining

employment. Topics include job search skills, work ethic, meeting employer

expectations, workplace safety, and human relations. Upon completion, students

should be able to successfully make the transition from school to work.

 

COE 111 Co-op Work Experience I 0 0 10 1

Prerequisites: ENG 095, ENG 095A, A minimum of 9 semester hours credit (9

SHC), three semester hours credit (3 SHC) of which must come from the core,

must be completed within the appropriate program of study, before a student

can be eligible to enroll in cooperative work experience.

Corequisites: COE 110

 

This course provides work experience with a college-approved employer in an

area related to the studentís program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating

classroom learning with related work experience. Upon completion, students

should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills,

and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies. This course is also available

through the Virtual Learning Community (VLC).

 

COE 121 Co-op Work Experience

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 12 SHC in the HSE or EDU curriculums

Corequisites: EDU 285 & COE 125

This course provides work experience with a college-approved employer in an

area related to the studentís program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating

classroom learning with related work experience. Upon completion, students

should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills,

and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.

 

COE 125 Work Experience Seminar

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 12 SHC in the HSE or EDU curriculums

Corequisites: COE 121, COE 122, COE 123, or COE 124

This course description may be written by the individual colleges.

 

What are some of the Co-op sites you have used most recently? 

CADA: Choanoke Area Development Association

 

Halifax County Department of Social Services

 

Boys & Girls Club of Halifax County

 

Faculty Advisor/Program Head: 

Allisha Hicks

Office:  512

Office Phone:  252-536-5469

Email:  ahicks067@halifaxcc.edu