Human Services (A.A.S.)

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The Human Services associate in applied science degree prepares you to move directly into the human service field to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems.

This A.A.S. program is designed for those who wish to enter the human services field directly after completing their degree or for those who may already possess a college degree and wish to begin a career in the field.

Graduates of this program aspire to be case managers, advocates, direct care workers and support aides in the wide variety of human service fields, including youth services, social services, geriatrics, addiction and mental health services. Internships are a critical part of the learning experience and the program offers opportunities as varied as the goals of our students.

Please note: the department also offers an A.S. degree, which is designed for those students who may wish to transfer on to a four-year college or university program to continue their education.

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

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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.

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. Graduates can work with the elderly, 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.

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.