Human service workers provide a wide range of emotional and practical support to help people get through difficult times. A degree in human services prepares students for entry-level employment in such areas as child and family services, mental health, social services, addictions counseling, aging and rehabilitation, including group and community work at the public and private level.
About the Program
RCC's Human Services program offers classroom instruction and practical training, including internships that will develop your skills in a real-life setting. You'll learn about human behavior and social problems and how individuals interface with various systems to address these issues.
This limited-entry program has specific standards for acceptance. The application process for the Fall 2015 cohort begins now! Please note: the Information Sessions are required even if you have applied before.
Information sessions are scheduled as follows for winter term:
Riverside Campus: Friday, February 13, 10:00 - noon, HEC-205
Riverside Campus: Tuesday, March 10, 4-6 p.m., HEC-227
Please check back for updates.
Degrees and Certificates:
- One-year Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate
(available to students with a four-year degree or higher)
- Two-year Associate of Science degree
(articulated with Southern Oregon University)
- Two-year Associate of Applied Science degree
- Two-year AAOT with Sociology/Social Work area of Interest (see page 164 of the college catalog)
Starting salaries for graduates may range from $23,000 to $36,000 a year. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects in this field are increasing. Many human services graduates transfer to four-year universities to further their education to enhance career prospects and earnings.