2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Human Services Associate of Technical Arts Degree

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PGM Code – 411T

Program Description This program provides the foundation, knowledge and skills for effective work with individuals and families experiencing a variety of life issues. The focus of this degree is to equip students to successfully compete for entry level positions assisting and empowering consumers served by a variety of human services programs. All students take a core set of foundational requirements related to employment in social services.

In addition, students pick from these interest areas:
• Activities, Seniors, and Rehabilitation Services • Family and Youth Services • Substance Abuse Services

Toward the end of their course work, students have the opportunity to put their knowledge and abilities into practice during two quarters of field practicum in a community setting under the supervision of professionals in the student’s area of interest.

Upon completion of this degree, students may seek employment in a range of private and public agencies in areas such as case management, vocational rehabilitation, mental health services, senior services, advocacy, and assessment and evaluation services.

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This ATA degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The advisers for this program are
Karen Townsend | karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Tui Lindsey | tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633
Paul Ancona | pancona@edcc.edu | 425.640.1605

Department website
Social and Human Services | www.edcc.edu/shs

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

I. General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (12-14 credits)

A. Communication Skills (5 credits)

B. Quantitative Skills (3-5 credits)

C. Human Relations/Group Interaction (4 credits)

Cultural Diversity Requirement

Cultural Diversity Requirement

General Education/Related Instruction Requirements Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate General Education/Related Instruction Learning Outcomes in each of the following areas:

Communication Skills: Write in clear, effective ways, adapted to audience, context, and purpose.
Quantitative Skills: Apply mathematical, quantitative or symbolic models to solve problems, draw inferences, or support conclusions appropriate to an individual discipline.
Human Relations/Group Interaction: Identify and explain how to apply the skills needed to maintain effective working relationships in multicultural settings.
Cultural Diversity: Apply multiple perspectives when examining cultural differences and interacting in multicultural settings.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively work with consumers using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, ethical procedures and crisis management techniques.
  • Describe a range of evidence-based practice methods, including principles, strategies and techniques used to assist consumers in reaching their service goals
  • Demonstrate ability in case management tasks such as assessment, treatment planning, documentation, and referral procedures.
  • Career Management: Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities, prepare an effective employment package, and present oneself positively in a job interview.

III. Program Electives (to complete 90 credits)

Note: Not all courses are offered every quarter.  Some elective courses are offered only once a year.  Students should work with their faculty adviser regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning. Students may select from the following combinations of courses that lead to existing certificates.

Program Electives Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the following Learning Outcome from Program Elective courses:

Demonstrate a breadth or depth of knowledge and skill, according to the students’ independent selection of degree elective courses or according to the program’s specialized areas of focus.


Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2012  |  Rev: 06/12

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