Human Services Technology

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

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.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

Human Services Technology Substance Abuse Concentration

The Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and pursuit of four-year degrees.

Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques with individuals in groups, and follow-up activities with recovering clients.

Graduates should qualify for positions as substance abuse counselors, DUI counselors, halfway house workers, residential facility employees, and substance education specialists. With educational and clinical experiences, graduates will have met specialized education and practical training requirements towards state certification requirements in substance abuse counseling (CSAC).

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

The program is mostly taught Monday-Friday mornings in the classroom since learning human services technology requires much face-to-face interaction.

Unique Aspects

The Sandhills Community College Human Services Technology program teaches the most up-to-date, evidence-based models of human care being used today. The faculty work closely with community service providers to develop internships for students in their second year of study. This experience links students with agencies most suited to the students interests and backgrounds.

Many students in the curriculum are returning to college after careers in other fields, bringing a variety of strengths to the classroom. Younger students connect well with agencies providing services to youth and families.

Contact Information

Carol Hoffman
221 Van Dusen Hall
(910) 695-3863
hoffmanc@sandhills.edu