Human Services (A.S.)

Did You Know the Need for Social Workers Is on the Rise?
Social workers in high demand; 12% growth expected over next 8 years
- July 8, 2016

The Human Services degree prepares you to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems.

Students in this program aspire to be counselors, advocates, program supervisors and agency executives in the wide variety of Human Service fields. Internships are a critical part of the learning experience and the program offers opportunities as varied as the goals of our students.

As a Human Services graduate, you will be prepared to transfer to four-year colleges to major in social work, psychology, sociology, public policy or creative arts therapy. Graduates also are sought after by community agencies for positions that range from direct care to those with management responsibilities.

A significant percentage of graduates continue their education in pursuit of bachelor's degree and beyond, while others enter the workforce immediately following completion of the A.S. degree. The college has several well-established articulation agreements for this program.

This program is offered by the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department.

[Loading Program Requirements linkā€¦]

Program Highlights

  • The program has an excellent reputation in the Capital Region human services community and many current human service workers are graduates of the Hudson Valley program.
  • This program provides one semester in the first year and two semesters in the second year of field training in settings such as: mental health clinics, social services agencies, homes for the older adult, child care institutions and public schools.
  • Meet our program faculty.
  • Finish your Human Services B.S. degree at Hudson Valley through Cazenovia College
    The program has a transfer agreement with Cazenovia College that allows students to pursue a bachelor's degree in Human Services on the Hudson Valley campus after they complete their associate's degree through a part-time evening program. This is the only Human Services B.S. degree offered in this format in the Capital Region and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Completion of this degree will qualify you for positions in a wide range of agencies serving the elderly, youth and those with developmental or mental health issues. For more information, contact Taylor Kubber, director of the office of extended learning at Cazenovia College, at (315) 655-7191 or

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in a variety of human service settings and the majority of graduates from this program continue their education at a four-year college or university. Those seeking careers in this field work with the elderly, adolescents, the developmentally disabled or those working to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, among other settings. Career titles include: Human Service Assistant, Daily Living Specialist, Group Home Worker, Addictions Counselor, Case Aide, Adolescent Counselor.

Recent employers have included: Albany City School District; Albany County Department of Social Services; Catholic Charities; Center for Disability Services; CEO Youth Build; COARC Services for People with Disabilities; Hudson Mohawk Recovery; Living Resources; New Meadow Preschool; NYS Office of Mental Health; OPWDD/CDDSO; Rehabilitation Support Services; Rensselaer County ARC.; RSS, Inc.; Samaritan Hospital; Saratoga Bridges; St. Ann's Institute; Teresian House for the Elderly; Trinity Institution, Inc.; Upstate Case Management Services.

Recent graduates have continued their education at The University at Albany and Cazenovia College.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Social and Human Service Assistants, $30,830; Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, $39,980.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Maryanne Pepe
Department Chairperson
Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department
Brahan Hall, Room 008
(518) 629-7341

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309

Mission Statement

The mission of the Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling department is to provide students with theory and practical skills in two areas: general Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling. Students are prepared for transfer to baccalaureate programs and/or for employment in the field.