Sampson Community College strives for the highest level of success when educating its students. As part of their endeavor, the local college is offering a curriculum specializing in human services.
According to Susan Baxter, division chair of education programs, the Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services.
In addition to the program’s core courses, Baxter said students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.
“Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines,” Baxter said. “Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.”
Once students complete the requirements for the course, Baxter said graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction and educational agencies.
The Human Services Technology Program, the department chair added, offers another option to those students who have a desire to help people.
“This program is a great addition to our other public service programs such as nursing, early childhood education, school-age education, cosmetology, criminal justice, community Spanish interpreter, and basic law enforcement training,” Baxter said. ” It may serve as an excellent option for students who desire to work in a health-related setting, but not in a nursing capacity.”
When graduates complete the 65 six-hour credits, they will graduate with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Students also have an option to follow the Career and College Promise pathway that is available for high school students who wish to take college courses while still in high school.
” This is a great way for high school students to explore this field as a possible major,” Baxter shared.
According to Baxter, two of the courses in the CCP pathway are general transfer courses and will benefit transfer students even if they decide on a different major.
“As with all of the programs at the college, the Human Services Technology Program is also available to the Early College High School students as their program of study,” Baxter said.
Being able to offer the Human Services program, Baxter added, is very beneficial and a great asset to the community college.
“Anytime we can offer more options to students, we are better meeting the needs of the county’s citizens,” Baxter said. “That is the mission of the college.”
When the college first began the application process, Baxter said there were not any colleges east or south of Sampson County that offered the program.
“There was an obvious need,” Baxter said. “The job forecast for human service workers is very promising for our local area and the state of North Carolina. Bringing this opportunity to Sampson County benefits the college by benefiting the entire county and the citizens who live here.”
Students who participate in this program will take 15 credit hours of general education courses in English, a humanities/fine art elective, a natural science/ math elective, and a social science course. Additionally, students will learn about the field of human services in courses such as Intro to Human Services, Group Process, Counseling, Interviewing Techniques, Human Services Issues, Crisis Intervention, Interpersonal Relations, Substance Abuse, and Working with Diversity.
To help prepare students for the workforce, Baxter added, they will also have courses on technology, Spanish, Psychology and Sociology, and office systems.
“Our goal is to produce a well-rounded graduate who is ready for the workforce,” Baxter said.
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