As society’s need grows, so does the search for dedicated workers in the field of human services. Of today’s 10 fastest growing occupations, four are in the field of human services.
A career in human services may lead you to work in:
- Home care agencies
- Substance abuse programs
- Homeless shelters
- Domestic violence programs
- Mental health services
- Nursing homes
- Youth services
- Criminal justice
And many other public and private programs.
Imagine what you can do
While you study at WCC, you will receive practical, hands-on experience as a human services worker as well as a solid foundation upon which to continue your education. For the most rewarding positions, we encourage our students to use the college’s Human Services program as a first step toward an advanced degree.
With a bachelor’s or master’s degree of social work, you will be prepared to:
- Help families or individuals leave the welfare system and move into a productive, self-sufficient life style
- Monitor and protect children in potentially dangerous home environments
- Provide counseling to those with alcohol or substance abuse problems
- Work with the elderly as a geriatric social worker
- Help offenders and ex-offenders rebuild their lives
- Find homes, jobs and hope for the homeless
- Manage or operate a group home
- Work with families to help them survive or repair dysfunctional relationships
The handbook for the Human Services program provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and expectations for students who are considering the program and for those who are already accepted to the program.
Click here for handbook: 2016-2018 HSW Handbook
Degrees and certificates offered at WCC (with course listings at each link):
Admissions Office: 734-973-3596
Program Coordinators: Kristy Norris, Justin Teague
W. Justin Teague, MA, LLP, CAADC
Justin Teague is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy and a master’s in counseling psychology. He is a full-time faculty member in the Human Service Worker program of the Behavioral Science department at Washtenaw Community College. Teague is a Limited License Psychologist & Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor working out of private practice. He also regularly consults with public schools.
Kristy L. Norris, MA
Kristy Norris is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in gerontology and a master’s in clinical psychology. She has been full-time faculty with the Human Service Worker program at Washtenaw Community College since 2008. Her past work experience includes inpatient psychiatric setting, day treatment program for severe mental illness, boys long-term group home, mentoring adolescents, and case management for wraparound therapeutic treatment.
WCC: A smarter place to start
At WCC, there’s no such thing as teaching assistants or classes so big you get lost in the crowd. Instead, our students receive practical, hands-on training from experienced teaching staff that have worked in human services for many years. Our classes are small enough to give you the personal attention you deserve.