Human Services Program
Human services workers are individuals with specialized training as a helping professional. They assist human services professional staff, such as social workers or psychologists. They may hold a wide variety of jobs in group homes and halfway houses; in mental health and correctional centers; in family, child and service agencies. Jobs may also be within programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging to name a few. Their role may include helping others obtain services, monitoring and keeping records, organizing or leading group activities, assisting clients in mastering everyday living skills, or overseeing adult group home residents. Job titles may include social service technician, case management aide, community outreach worker, residential counselor, eligibility specialist or mental health technician.
If you have always wanted to work in a field where you could help people or if you are presently working in a human services field, and would like to obtain additional training, consider enrolling in our program.
Whichever career you choose, the first step of your academic
and professional plan should be with LCC's Human Services
Programs. We can provide you with the academic and career
preparation assistance needed to get you where you want to go.
For specific enrollment information, or to pursue any questions
you may have about career opportunities, contact the Human
Services Programs at:
(517) 483-1433 or (517) 483-1410
Nature of Work
Addiction - Addiction paraprofessionals are individuals with specialized knowledge and skills in the area of substance abuse, its causes, and treatment and prevention strategies. Workers with an associate degree assist social workers or psychologists in agencies focusing on substance abuse. Graduates may be employed in private clinics, public of community agencies, or work-site programs specializing in substance abuse treatment and prevention.
Family - Family services and child welfare paraprofessionals assist with children, youths and families in need of services. They may work with single parents, arrange adoptions, and help find foster care homes. Family human service workers also work in residential homes for children and adolescents.
Aging Studies - Gerontology is the study of the process of aging. Human services workers specializing in gerontology provide services or direct care for senior citizens. people who focus their careers in social gerontology are concerned with the older person's relationship with society. People who focus their careers in geriatrics deal the health and wellness needs of older people. Careers and duties vary in the field of gerontology, and include other human service related professions such as social work recreation, health, long term care, economics, law, public administration, and adult education.
Job opportunities are expected to be good for human services workers. The number is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Faced with the demand for social and human services, employers are developing new strategies for delivering and funding services. Many agencies increasingly rely on social and human service assistants to undertake greater responsibility in delivering services to clients.
Skills You Need
Because employment in the human services field involves direct contact with people, those who work in the field must have patience, understanding, and a strong desire to help others. Also essential are strong interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills, respect for diversity, and a strong sense of responsibility.
Starting salaries vary widely for human services workers depending on the type of agency and job responsibilities. According to current national figures in May 2015 the salary was $30,830 annually with the hour wage of $14.82. The median wage is the middle 50 percent of earnings. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.34 and the top 10 percent earned more than $22.16 per hour.
To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.
HUMAN SERVICES - Associate in Applied Science (0915)
This 60 to 65 credit degree provides professional growth and development in the human services field. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in the field through 26 credits of human services course work with an additional 31-36 general education credits that meet transfer requirements for four-year institutions. Students are placed in a community agency for a consecutive two-semester practicum to enhance their education and develop professional skills.
All students are encouraged to continue their education to a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
HUMAN SERVICES - Certificate of Achievement (1201)
This 32 to 39 credit Certificate is designed for individuals wanting to focus their education in human services and developing their professional skills in the two semester practicum with a community agency. Continuing with the general education requirements will lead to the Associate Degree in Human Services. All courses are part of a career track, leading directly to the Associate Degree in Human Services. Students interested in addiction must take the classes with the asterisk *.
HUMAN SERVICES - Certificate of Completion (1199)
The Certificate of Completion is 14 to 27 credits. Two courses are required with the option to choose two or more courses from human services or gerontology (aging) to complete the degree.
This degree is beneficial for those students with a previous degree who are seeking a concentrated education in human services, and for students needing a human service focus to start their career.
All courses are part of a career track, leading directly to the Certificate of Achievement and the Associate Degree in Human Services. Students interested in addiction must take the classes with the asterisk *.
AGING STUDIES - Certificate of Achievement (1200)
The 13-credit Certificate of Completion in Aging Studies. This degree is beneficial for those students with a previous degree who are seeking a concentrated education in aging, and for students needing an aging focus to start their career. All courses are part of a career track, leading directly to the Certificate of Achievement and the Associate Degree in Human Services.
Many of the courses listed below are offered at LCC throughout the academic year and can be taken to upgrade current skills or fulfill degree and certificate requirements. Visit the Course Offerings page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Program
What courses do I need to take?
Specific course requirements are listed on the curricular guide (click on Curriculum tab):
Associate Degree in Human Services:
Curricular Guide #0915
Certificate of Achievement in Human Services:
Curricular Guide #1201
Certificate of Completion in Human Services:
Curricular Guide #1199
Certificate of Completion in Aging Studies:
Curricular Guide #1200
This curriculum is designed to satisfy the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) between two-year and four-year institutions in Michigan. However, satisfying the MTA is not required. Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. Students planning to transfer should see the Human Services Program Director (517) 483-1433 before enrolling in any course.
In what order should I take courses?
Human Services coursework is limited in summer semester. Students are encouraged to take general education courses during summer.
Students should meet with the program director to plan their program in advance. The Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degree are two-year programs because of the consecutive two-semester practicum. Full-time and part-time schedules are included in the Advising Packet.
- GERO 100-take during the first fall or spring semester; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I.
- GERO 164-191-take during the first fall and spring semesters; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I working with the elderly.
- HUSE 100-take during the first fall or spring semester; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum l.
- HUSE 105-take during the first fall or spring semester; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I.
- HUSE 110-take the first fall or spring semester; it is a prerequisite for HUSE 282 Practicum I working with children and/or families.
- HUSE 112-required for addiction practicum only. Take the first fall or spring semester in the program; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I.
- HUSE 242-take the first fall or spring semester; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I.
- HUSE 282 and 284 (practicum courses) requires the prerequisites be completed and departmental approval.
- HUSE 293 and program approved electives-please meet with the program director to choose course(s) appropriate to practicum.
- WRIT 121 should also be taken early in the program, see assessment tests for further information; it is a prerequisite to HUSE 282 Practicum I.
What is a prerequisite?
Prerequisites are courses or competencies you must have before being permitted to enroll in a course. Check the prerequisites listed in the College Catalog before registering. You will not be permitted to register for a course if you do not have the prerequisite, or an override. Overrides are granted if you have transferred a prerequisite course or have received permission to waive the prerequisite by the program director.
What is the practicum?
The practicum is a supervised field placement for a structured hands-on learning experience. Students directly apply and develop skills in an actual work setting under the supervision of a human services professional. Students spend 10 hours per week in a human services agency in their area of specialization. Practicum begins in fall semester only, and is completed through the following spring semester. The Human Services Program Director and Lead Practicum Coordinator selects agencies for placement. A scheduled practicum class accompanies the practicum experience.
What are the practicum requirements?
NOTE: The Human Services Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degree include practicum courses. Any student with a felony and/or misdemeanor conviction is required to make an appointment and meet with the program director before entering this program and before applying for practicum. A criminal background check is required before acceptance into practicum. Practicum students are subject to policies of Lansing Community College and agency policies. Human service agencies comply with the Public Health Code Act 368, amended by Act 303, September 03, 2002. This may require additional criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and drug/alcohol screening, etc. Students placed in an agency with programs for children and families require a DHS Central Registry Background Check as well. All costs related to these requirements are the responsibility of the student. Practicum students must adhere to the policies and procedures for placement with an agency before enrolling in HUSE 282 and HUSE 284.
- Practicum starts every fall semester and continues through the following spring semester.
- Students must complete and return the practicum application to be considered for fall practicum. Please see below for additional information.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and a grade of 2.5 in all required GERO, HUSE, SOWK courses are required.
- Completion of HUSE 100, HUSE 105, HUSE 242, and WRIT 121 is mandatory prior to practicum for all students.
- Completion of HUSE 112 and HUSE 242 is mandatory prior to practicum for those students desiring practicum placement in an addiction agency.
- Completion of HUSE 110 is mandatory prior to practicum for those students desiring practicum placement working with families and/or children.
- Completion of GERO 100, and two credits of Gerontology seminars is mandatory prior to practicum for those students desiring practicum placement working with older adults.
- All students are required to demonstrate in writing volunteer work, and/or life experience and how that experience has prepared them for the Human Services Program and work in the human services field.
- All students are required to submit in writing the type of agency and/or population they desire for their practicum experience.
How do I apply for the practicum?
There is an application process for acceptance into the practicum. The practicum application packet is available in January from the Health and Human Services Department Office, Health and Human Services Building, Room 108. Return all completed application materials to this same office by March 1st.
When should I see an advisor?
Students are encouraged to see the Program Director early on to plan a class/ program schedule for practicum placement.
Janet Marion, Human Services, (517) 483-1433
How do I apply for my degree?
The semester before you finish all of your requirements for your Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Achievement or Associate Degree you will need to meet with the Human Services Program Director to complete a request for graduation and pre-audit. The college will then check to make sure you met all of the requirements and will contact you if there are any problems.
Health and Human Services Building (Room 108)
Phone: (517) 483-1410
Fax: (517) 483-1508
Human Services Program Related Links
Aging Studies Related Links
Association for Gerontology in
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education-Careers in Aging
The Gerontological Society of America
Michigan Society of Gerontology
Institute of Gerontology-Wayne State University
University of Michigan Geriatric Center and Institute of Gerontology
AARP of Michigan
Health and Human Services Building (Room 108)
Phone: (517) 483-1410
Fax: (517) 483-1508
For information on the LCC Scholarship Application process please click here.
For LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please click here.
For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at (517) 483-1989.
Human Services Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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