Human Service Associate

Human Services Associate

If you love helping others and have a strong sense of compassion, a career as a human service associate could be a perfect fit. You’ll work closely with social workers to help clients in need find assistance and resources. The Human Services Associate associate degree program combines courses in counseling, case management and professional ethics with 300 hours of professional field work to prepare you for a rewarding career improving the lives of others as a human service associate.

  • Gain valuable experience through 300 hours of field work. Train hands-on in youth shelters, resource centers or nonprofits to learn the skills you need and get a feel for your future career. 
  • Get involved by joining Gateway’s Human Services Club and assist with many projects, including Community Awareness Day, a dance for adults with disabilities and fundraisers to help local agencies. 
  • Specialize your education by earning Human Services certificates in Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA), Aspects of Disabilities, Child Welfare and Gerontology
  • Make a difference by beginning an enriching career in human services. Work as a mental health technician, family advocate, case manager or social work assistant doing what you do best—helping others.
  • Earn your bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, human services or more by transferring your associate degree credits to one of the many universities with which Gateway has Human Services transfer agreements.
Program Credits



Elkhorn Campus, Kenosha Campus, Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,150
Books & Supplies: $4,886

Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Caseworker, Community Outreach Specialist, Family Support Worker, Social Services Coordinator, Behavioral Health Specialist

Human Services Associate Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.