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Human Services

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This human services program prepares you to transfer to top schools and puts you to work in the field – from day one

Some learn by doing. At Monroe Community College, you’ll learn by serving.

Our human services associate degree emphasizes hands-on experience. You’ll start to work with community organizations and clients in your first semester, developing career-building knowledge and skills.

In just two years you’ll have a strong foundation of experience and coursework, numerous options to transfer to four-year programs, and a great start toward a human services career.

Explore the Helping Professions in Human Services Internships

In the human services A.S. program, you’ll explore the helping professions in the classroom and gain practical experience through internships at area agencies. Human services and social work professionals serve clients at a wide variety of organizations including child protection agencies, family counseling centers, hospitals, school, and probation departments.

Here are just a few of the local agencies where you could expect to learn and work:

  • ARC of Monroe
  • Community Place of Greater Rochester
  • Hillside Family of Agencies
  • Lifetime Assistance
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • Monroe County Department of Human Service
  • Rochester Hearing and Speech Center
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Greater Rochester YMCA

The human services associate degree program gives you many opportunities to discover where you will have the greatest impact. You could start your career in jobs like these:

  • Family support worker
  • Crisis intervention counselor
  • Youth worker
  • Child advocate
  • Life skills instructor
  • Community outreach worker
  • Mental health aide
  • Substance abuse counselor

Build Your Resume with a Human Services or Social Work Bachelor’s Degree

The human services A.S. program parallels the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution in social work, human services, or a related area of study. Our graduates have continued their education at many other excellent schools, including:

  • SUNY Brockport
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Ohio State University
  • Keuka College
  • Nazareth College
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Empire State College

To find out more about the human services A.S. degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.

Alumni Spotlight

Christian Guity was eager to make the leap from high school to college and build a better life for himself. But after his freshman year, he was discouraged that his collegiate experience fell short of his expectations. Determined to earn a degree, he focused on overcoming academic and personal hurdles first.

In 2016, after a semester off from college, Christian enrolled in MCC. “I looked online for schools in the upstate New York area and saw that MCC was one of the top-rated schools in the country,” he said. “I came to MCC with a different mindset. I came to the realization of what I needed to do to push forward.”

Christian was soon connected to MCC’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The program combines access, academic support and supplemental financial assistance to make higher education possible for students.

MCC and EOP paved the way for his personal growth and success: He discovered his calling in human services, competed in MCC’s 2017 Otis Young Motivational Speak-off, and served as president of the Black Student Union at the Downtown Campus in 2018-19.

“Throughout my life there was never a father figure to pass down wisdom to me,” said 22-year-old Christian, who lost his parents at a young age and was raised by his aunt. “I feel that I need to dedicate my life to giving back and making sure I’m there for people.”

Christian said he is grateful to his “many amazing teachers who see a light in me and want the best for me.”

Christian's biggest supporter is his sister, MCC student Stephanie Guilin. Raised by aunts in separate homes after their parents’ deaths, Christian and Stephanie have vowed to always be there for each other.

Christian transferred to University at Buffalo in fall 2019; Stephanie plans to join him there.

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HUMAN SERVICES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: HU10

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

Description
The Human Services A.S. degree program prepares students to transfer and earn a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work, Human Services, or a related area, by providing both professional and general education courses that parallel the first two years in a four-year institution. Students will explore the helping professions in the classroom and gain practical experience through internships at area agencies. Human Services/Social Work professionals find employment with various types of social agencies including child protection agencies, senior citizen centers, agencies that support people with disabilities, family counseling centers, hospitals, schools and probation departments.
(Housed in the Human Services Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Identify generic helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
2) Demonstrate as appropriate the helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
3) Assess when the various applications of the Human Services helping skills are used effectively in an agency setting.
4) Apply good judgment and professionalism as supported in the “Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals” in areas similar to but not necessarily: basic client rights to privacy, effective treatment, or ethical issues.
5) Document behaviors accurately in cogently written statements.
6) Develop an action-oriented Human Services assessment.
7) Conduct a thorough study of a community agency (including mission statement, agency history, organizational structure, and funding).
8) Define the various roles of a Human Services worker in providing services to clients in community agencies.

Employment Potential
For related jobs: Career Coach
Occupational Resource: https://www.onetonline.org

Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC). Placement into ENG 101 or higher.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services*
4
HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I*
2
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE##
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
HUM 102 Basic Helping Skills**
4
HUM 112 Field Work in Human Services II**
2
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication OR
SPC 142 Public Speaking OR
SPC 143 Small Group Communication OR
SPC 144 Communication and Crisis
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE++
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
2
Second Semester Total:
17
THIRD SEMESTER
MTH 160 Statistics I
3
BIO 133 Human Biology
3
BIO 132 Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology
1
HUM 201 Models of Helping**
4
HUM 211 Field Work in Human Services III**
2
PSY 108 Fundamentals of APA Style
1
OPEN ELECTIVE
1-3
Third Semester Total:
15-17
FOURTH SEMESTER
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - ARTS+ (SUNY-A) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY (SUNY-AH) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (SUNY-OWC) OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCES (SUNY-SS) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCES (SUNY-SS) ELECTIVE
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE##
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
62-64
*Program requires passing grade of C- or higher.
**HUM 106, HUM 116 can be substituted for HUM 102, 112 or HUM 201, 211.
+ For SUNY The Arts elective, students can choose from SUNY Gen Ed List: COM 120, MUS 119, THE 110, or any ENG course listed in this category. 
++Choose any English literature course
##Choose any ACD or ECE courses, or any of the HUM courses not already required (with the exception of HUM 100, ECE 110, or ACD 246)

Revised: 8/2/2018
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