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Human Service Associate

Program Requirements: 

You can turn your dedication to helping others into a career with a Human Service Associate degree at Gateway Technical College. Human service assistants help people enduring difficult times or help them decide what additional services they may need. Human service assistants work closely with social workers and other various human service agencies. They help determine what type of help a client might need, help with daily activities, coordinate client services and research available services. Gateway’s Human Service program consists of a unique combination of study including various aspects of human services and general education, and also requires students to complete 300 hours of field experience in a community human service agency. Courses cover interviewing, recordkeeping, counseling, abnormal psychology, professional ethics, addictions, working with special populations and grant writing.

What does a human service assistant do?

Graduates may find careers as residential care facility staff, mental health technicians, outreach workers, family advocates, case managers and social work assistants.

Assistants help clients in daily activities, coordinate services for clients and monitor clients to ensure they are receiving proper treatments and services. Assistants can work in government, non-profit and other service-based industries.

Learning by doing

Students complete 300 hours of field experience in the second year of the program. Students are given several field experience site options that meet their interests and work directly with a site supervisor during their field experience. Previous sites include Family Services of Racine, Safe Haven, Kenosha Human Development Services, YMCA and YWCA. Site experiences give students real-world experience in the field.

The Human Service club is very active and engages in several major projects as well as other campus activities. Projects include Community Awareness Day, A Walk of Fame dance for adults with disabilities and collecting donations to assist community human service agencies. Participants also attend the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse three-day professional conference each year.

Students who are looking to advance their career and expand their knowledge base in human services can take a related certificate. Certificates can usually be completed in one or two semesters. Current certificates for the Human Service associate degree include Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA), Aspects of Disabilities, Gerontology and Child Welfare.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median hourly salary of social and human service assistants was $13.56 in 2010. Growth is due to the aging population’s need for health care and social services.

Admissions

Faculty

Racine
Natalie Griffin
griffinn@gtc.edu

Dennis Markus
markusd@gtc.edu

Gina Stoebe
stoebeg@gtc.edu

Seth Wollwage
wollwages@gtc.edu

Paul Zenisek
zenisekp@gtc.edu

Advisors

Elkhorn
Amanda Hruzek
​hruzekagtc.edu

Kenosha
Kevin Gerou
gerouk@gtc.edu

Racine
Rosalva Santana  (A-L)
santanar@gtc.edu

Janet Days  (M-Z)
daysj@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Terry Simmons, Dean
simmonst@gtc.edu