Human Services

Professor Sheila Matthews poses with a Human Services student in a classroom.The Human Services Program at Kellogg Community College prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of roles in the field of human services. Because the foundation of human services is supported by an integration of other service-related disciplines, the program offers the study of information used to work effectively with individual clients, small groups and families, as well as special populations.

This program provides students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of various service-related professions, including counseling, human services, psychology and social work. Students learn about and how to work with diverse populations and about various jobs available after completing a human services degree.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services and a Human Services Technician Certificate. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Human Services Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Human Services

Fall I Spring I Fall II Spring II
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** ENGL 152: Freshman Composition** BIOL 101: Biological Science OR MATH 115: Math for Liberal Arts HUSE 186: Human Service Internship
HUSE 101: Practicum in Human Services HUSE 184: Practicum in Human Services COMM 101: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication** HUSE 225: Culturally Sensitive Practice
HUSE 220: Communication Skills in Helping Relationships HUSE 204: An Intro to Report Writing Techniques for the Human Service Worker HUSE 185: Human Service Internship SOCI 201: Intro to Sociology**
HUSE 251: Human Services and Behavior Modification HUSE 260: Family Dynamics HUSE Elective Creativity Elective*
HUSE Elective PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology** HUSE Elective HUSE Elective
HUSE Elective

A minimum of 14 credits must be chosen from the following HUSE electives:

HUSE Elective Semester Credits
HUSE 183: Practicum in Human Services 3
HUSE 200: Psychosocial Approach to Aging Fall 3
HUSE 203: Intro to Substance Abuse Fall 3
HUSE 230: Nutrition Summer 3
HUSE 240: Basic Concepts in Social Work Fall 3
HUSE 250: Intro to Group Techniques Summer 3
HUSE 270: Selected Topics in Human Services Summer 3
HUSE 272: Substance Abuse, Co-Dependency, and the Family Spring 3
HUSE 275: Grant Writing Fall 3
HUSE 280: Death and Dying Spring 3
HUSE 290: Social Welfare Spring 3

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Human Services Technician Certificate

KCC’s Human Services Technician Certificate is available to both full- and part-time students. A full-time student could complete the certificate in as little as two semesters while a part-time student could complete the certificate in four semesters. The two-semester sequence of courses recommended for full-time students follows.

Fall I Spring I
HUSE 101: Practicum in Human Services HUSE 183: Practicum in Human Services OR HUSE 184: Practicum in Human Services (if not already taken)
HUSE 183: Practicum in Human Services OR HUSE 184: Practicum in Human Services HUSE 185: Human Service Internship
HUSE 220: Communication Skills in Helping Relationships HUSE 225: Culturally Sensitive Practice
HUSE 251: Human Services and Behavior Modification HUSE 260: Family Dynamics
HUSE Elective HUSE Elective (if not already taken)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Human Services Technician Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

Some of the popular transfer choices for KCC Human Services graduates seeking to continue their education at a four-year institution include Grand Valley State University, Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University and Western Michigan University.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan or contact KCC’s Social Science and Education Department at 269-660-7705.

Human Services Careers

A career in the field of human services is broad and yet unique. It approaches the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base. Careers in the field of human services are diverse and include professionals, paraprofessionals, administrators and managers, as well as other support staff. The education and training focuses on prevention as well as remediation of problems and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life for the various populations served.

While those in the human services profession provide quality direct and indirect services, consistent effort for the improvement of the delivery system is promoted through the accessibility, accountability and coordination of and among the professionals, agencies and organizations in the field.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in human services include:

  • Behavioral coach
  • Behavioral management worker
  • Case management aide
  • Case worker
  • Child abuse worker
  • Family support worker
  • Home health aide
  • Human services assistant
  • Human services technician
  • Intake interviewer
  • Mental health aide
  • Mental health technician
  • Youth worker

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for human service careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Human Services at KCC?

KCC is a nationally accredited, affordable two-year college that provides high-quality Human Services courses. Many students choose to transfer KCC Human Services courses to four-year universities. KCC’s faculty are well-qualified instructors with a passion for teaching, and the college’s small class sizes create a more interactive and personal learning environment.

An Integrated Approach

The Human Services Program at KCC provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce or to continue on with an advanced degree. One of the clarifying differences between human services and the other disciplines in the helping professions is that the foundation of human services is supported by an integration of the other disciplines.

KCC’s Human Services Program is comprehensive and offers a systems theory approach as included in the study of social work. It offers the study of models used to work effectively with individual clients, small groups and families as included in the study of counseling. It also introduces the study of human behavior, a primary study of psychology.

With this unique integration of studies, the discipline of human services has a generic orientation to working with diverse clients in various settings. Students who complete KCC’s Human Services Program will be well prepared to be effective employees in the field and to continue to the pursuit of an advanced degree.