Human Services

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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.

Associate of Applied Science: Human Services

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**The Department may need to change the offering schedule of courses. Individual courses are not guaranteed to be offered in a specific semester. Please contact the Department for information regarding schedule availability.

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. KCC has an articulation agreement with the Western Michigan University Social Work Program.

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 Information

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.