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Human Services

Program Description

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 strong point 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.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

*Current VGCC Human Services Student Achievement Indicators

M.A., Paralegal Certification
Department Chair, Public Service,Curriculum Work-Based Learning Coordinator / Interim Program Head for Human Services
MAIN CAMPUS - Henderson

Program Details

Discover the specifics of our programs, including required courses, course sequence, pathways, and learning outcomes.

  1. Students will be able to communicate effectively and professionally to work in the Human Services field.
  2. Students will have the critical thinking skills necessary to work in the Human Services field.
  3. Students will be globally and culturally aware of the skills necessary to work in the Human Services field.
  4. Students will understand the occupational skills necessary to work in the Human Services field.

Human Services Program Information, Statistics, & Demographics (PDF)

National Organization for Human Services (NOHS): Human Services Technology Students are encouraged to become involved in professional associations such as the National Organization for Human Services. This organization consists of members from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds with the mission of fostering excellence in human service delivery through education, scholarship, and practice. Student memberships are available. Additional information is available at the NOHS website.

NOHS Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals

The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) created the Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP™) with the assistance of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) in consultation with the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). The credentialing process was designed for human services practitioners seeking to advance their careers by acquiring independent verification of their practical knowledge and educational background.

Other Resources

National Organization for Human Services
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)