Human Services Technology/Gerontology
What is Gerontology?
The study of the aging process and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes:
- The study of physical, mental, and social changes in people as they age
- The investigation of the changes in society resulting from our aging population
- The application of this knowledge to policies and programs
Philosophy of Human Services Technology: The Human Services Technology curriculum trains and prepares graduates to fulfill a wide range of consumer and community needs in a variety of human service settings. Students are adequately prepared to empower people to live a more satisfying, autonomous, and productive lifestyle, through the acquisition of knowledge gained through liberal arts education, human services education, gerontology/substance studies, integrated with work-based learning experiences. A major strongpoint of the program is the emphasis placed on experiential learning with real life scenarios. Upon completion of the HST program, students will be able to implement acquired skills and knowledge in a personal and/or professional setting to improve the quality of life for society.
Mission: The mission of the Human Services Technology Program at Vance-Granville Community College is to meet the educational needs of students in the areas of human services to contribute to the social, cultural, economic, and political well-being of the community.
Human Services Technology Gerontology Track at VGCC
This is a two-year Associate degree program that prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work to older adults and their families. The program consists of 68-69 credit hours and two semesters of internship at approved sites. The internship (also known as Work-Based Learning ) requirements are explained in more detail in the Work-Based Learning Packet. Work-Based Learning can be completed in two different ways. Students can take WBL 111 and complete 160 hours of internship in one semester and a subsequent semester take WBL 121 and complete another 160 hours or students can take WBL 112 and complete all 320 internship hours in one semester. When doing either WBL 111 or WBL 112 , students also take WBL 115 Work-Based Learning Seminar.
Students take courses in a variety of disciplines including gerontology, psychology and sociology as well as general education requirements such as English, humanities and computer science. The program is designed to prepare students for jobs in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and Department of Social Services senior services.