Butte College is now offering an 18 unit Human Services Certificate which may be completed on a full-time basis in one year or on a part-time basis in two years. The program is designed to provide students with the generalist skills and internship placement to qualify for entry-level employment in a variety of settings. These positions may include opportunities in the areas of mental health, social services and behavioral health.
The program was developed by Butte College faculty who worked closely with local human services' professionals and agencies to meet the employment needs of the local market, create avenues for students interested in earning degrees in related fields such as psychology or social work, and training those already working in the field with career progression.
"With the Human Services Certificate, students may fill positions in the community in various social service agencies that may include, but is not limited to, social services support aide, family support worker, social services liaison, peer mentor, adult day care aide, entry level crisis specialist, case management aide, client management aide, community outreach worker and home health aide," said Jody Eble, Butte College coordinator of Human Services and Addiction Studies.
"The Human Services certificate provides students with a group of skills, identified by the local community that can assist them to gain meaningful work and earn higher than minimum wage. The certificate is not necessarily an ending point. Our hope is to provide students with a stepping stone and encourage exploration of career pathways that may lead to higher levels of education," said Eble.
The Human Services Certificate program requires the completion of six three-unit courses: Introduction to Human Services, Case Management and Documentation, Communication Skills, Multicultural and Special Populations in Human Services, Fieldwork in Humans Services and Group Leadership and Group Process. All of the courses are CSU transferable.
"The Human Services Certificate program is another component of Butte College's leadership and committment to sustainability, our valued commitment to the environment and the social and economic well-being of all human beings. The Human Services Certificate program and the Addiction Studies Certificate program provide leadership in our career and technical programs. Our faculty members that teach in both programs model that passion and are committed to training ethical and caring helpers," said Eble.