Human Services Department

The mission of the Human Services Technology Program at Pitt Community College is to educate and empower graduates with knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for success in human service careers and for life.

Human Services Technology: Your Gateway to the Helping Field

The Human Services Department at Pitt Community College is your gateway to an entry-level position in the helping field. You will be introduced to the field and the basic skills of managing groups, conducting client interviews, and developing practical skills through an internship. Our mission is to educate and empower graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for success in human service careers and for life.

We offer three AAS degree options: General Human Services, Gerontology, and Addiction and Recovery Studies. You may choose from a diploma in Human Services, a certificate in Aging Studies/Gerontology, or a certificate in Addiction and Recovery Studies.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for a Human Services Program?

We offer a quality Human Services program at a competitive price, with concentrations in Aging Studies/Gerontology and Addiction and Recovery Studies. Other highlights of the Human Services Department include:

• Our expert faculty hold multiple credentials in various areas of human services technology and have decades of experience in the field, including crisis intervention, domestic violence, addiction and recovery, counseling, and family therapy.

• Most courses are offered online, though an onsite 16-week internship is required for each program concentration. This internship provides you with important networking opportunities.

• Faculty have experience with local agencies and offer personalized career advising to help all students succeed in their academic and career goals.

• We offer numerous clubs related to academic and social interests, and we partner with community stakeholders for both on- and off-campus networking events connected to the program and the field.

• Our students receive high praise from internship supervisors, and some have been hired at their placement sites upon ― or before ― graduation. Specifically, employers have commented on the practical skills that students have developed in our program related to intake interviews and knowledge of community resources.

Career Opportunities for Human Services Program Graduates

Typical job opportunities for Human Services Technology graduates include work in nonprofit agencies focusing on multiple human service issues and populations, including aging studies and gerontology. Graduates have gone on to work in crisis counseling, domestic violence, social services, activities planning, and addiction services.

Our graduates have also gone on to earn BA/BS degrees in social work, psychology, rehabilitation studies, human services, substance abuse and addiction studies, and family science. At the graduate level students have earned MA/MS degrees in addiction prevention and treatment, counseling, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, and social work.

Approximately 55 percent of graduates are employed in human services technology–related jobs or are pursuing additional education within three months of graduation.

“I had an excellent experience during my WBL [internship] and gained a great deal of perspective and knowledge from the seminar course.”

Anonymous Student Review

Class of 2023

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