Human Services Program

Highland Community College offers a wide variety of courses in the Human Services field to help you pursue the career of your dreams. Whether you are interested in careers such as counseling, early childhood education, probation and parole, social work, child and family services, addiction treatment, or gerontology, Highland Community College has courses to help get you started in your education. We also offer small class sizes and a wide variety of services to aid in your success such as peer tutoring, professional tutoring, career planning and exploration, financial planning and FAFSA assistance, and transfer advising.


Childcare workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They attend to children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework. Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields.

For more information, email Eleanor Hensley.

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities. Allied health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance.

For more information, email Darlene Lee.

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers—clinical social workers—also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

For more information, email Kristin Woodruff.

Social and human service assistants provide services in psychology, rehabilitation, and criminal justice. They assist other workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists monitor and work with probationers to prevent them from committing new crimes.

For more information, email Eric Ketchum

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