Associate in Science (A.S.)
Turn your passion for helping others into a career in community healthcare, youth and family services, or nonprofit work. Learn how to facilitate change and improve the lives of people in difficult circumstances while preparing to transfer to a four-year school.
Career Outlook: Social Services
Help clients and their families find the assistance they need with a career in human services. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for human and social service professionals to grow 12% by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The rise in job opportunities is the result of continued expansion of residential care facilities, new disability support programs, and additional social services for families in crisis. Our human services degree prepares you for a rewarding career in this growing field.
A.S. Program Overview
This program provides a path toward working with children, adolescents, persons with disabilities, seniors, or others who have specialized care needs. You'll develop communication and counseling skills needed to work in a community agency providing health, education, and welfare services to the public.
Study case management, psychology, and sociology in our technology-enhanced classrooms. You'll benefit from our small class sizes and cooperative learning exercises. Numerous electives help you personalize your learning to match your career goals.
Field Experiences and Internships
Each semester, our human services program partners with at least 25 different sites for internships and field placements. You'll learn from experienced social workers in one of these professional settings, gaining real-world knowledge and practical career insight. Some of these community sites include:
- Hillside Children's Center
- Rape Crisis Centers
- County and State Funded Offices
- The Community Action Program
- The American Red Cross
Online Courses Available
Over 50% of our human services courses are available online. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
Join Human Services Club
Human Services Club fosters the professional development of students interested in this field of study. The club collaborates with local community organizations to enrich civic life in Canandaigua and assist those in need. Past activities include creating blessing bags and partnering with the College Experience Program through The Arc Ontario.
A.S. Program Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will:
- Practice case analysis skills using a range of classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives.
- Apply human services principles and ethics to address individual needs in the local community.
- Develop the cultural and personal self-awareness needed to practice human services respectfully and effectively.
- Demonstrate practical skills (e.g., interview and counseling techniques and written documentation) according to the legal and professional standards of human services.
Seamless Transfer Opportunities
Social work careers generally require a bachelor's degree in sociology, special education, or psychology. Our human services program helps you finish the first part of that education at FLCC with a transfer-friendly course of study.
Previous graduates have continued their education at a variety of regional colleges and universities, including:
- Keuka College
- Nazareth College
- St. John Fisher University
- SUNY Brockport
- SUNY Geneseo
Four-Year Career Pathways
With a four-year degree in a social services field, you'll be ready for a wide range of professional careers, including:
- Children and Family Services
- Community Service Management
- Health Education
- Residence Counseling
- Social Work
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!
As a human services student, you may be eligible for the following program-specific scholarships:
- Alice C. Southgate Home Bureau
- Bowen Family Memorial
For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.
The Human Services faculty hold advanced degrees and credentials in the field, bringing considerable expertise to the program. The faculty have experience in education, social work, and mental health, as well as clinical and agency experience. This creates a challenging and rewarding learning environment for you. The program is practical and experiential, as well as knowledge-based. The dedicated faculty members are here to help you achieve your academic and career goals in the field of Human Services.
Explore Your Career Options
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