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Human Services Technology – General

PCC’s Human Services Program: Your Gateway to the Helping Field

The Human Services program is the gateway to an entry-level position in the helping field in institutions and agencies that provide social, community, and educational services. Earning a Human Services degree will introduce you to the field and the basic skills of managing groups, conducting client interviews, and developing practical skills through an internship.

Along with core courses, you will take courses that prepare you for specialization in specific human service areas and from a variety of disciplines. Your core courses emphasize the development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for applying the knowledge and skills you’ll learn in the classroom.

For more information regarding the Human Services Technology program, contact Lynda Civils, Department Chair at 252-493-7283 or lscivils854@my.pittcc.edu.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for a Human Services Degree?

There are several benefits to our Human Services program that distinguish us from other human services programs, including:

  • Expert faculty. 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.
  • Convenience. We are centrally located in eastern North Carolina, and most classes can be completed online.
  • Personalized career advising. Faculty have experience with local agencies and offer personalized career advising to help all students succeed in their academic and career goals.
  • Experiential learning. You will complete a 16-week internship at an approved human services agency in the community. You will spend 10–12 hours weekly onsite and develop skills and relationships through hands-on experience. Placement sites may include work with children, adults, or the elderly, as well as various populations and issues.
  • Vibrant student life. We offer several clubs related to academic and social interests. We also partner with community stakeholders for both on- and off-campus networking events connected to the program and field.
  • Respect from employers. 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 the program related to intake interviews and knowledge of community resources.

Career Opportunities for Human Services Program Graduates

Typical human services technology jobs include work in nonprofit agencies focusing on multiple human service issues and populations. Our graduates have gone on to work in crisis counseling, domestic violence, social services, activities planning, and addiction services. Other career opportunities include:

  • Mental health
  • Family services
  • Case management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Substance abuse
  • Developmental centers
  • Hospitals
  • Public health
  • Corrections
  • Educational agencies

Approximately 55 percent of our Human Services degree graduates are employed in human services technology jobs or are pursuing additional education within three months of graduation.

Our graduates have 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.

Mental health
Family services
Case management
Rehabilitation
Substance abuse
Developmental centers
Hospitals
Public health
Corrections
Educational agencies

Gerontology
Introduction to Human Services
Group Process I
Substance Abuse Overview
Interviewing Techniques
Counseling
Human Services Issues
Crisis Intervention
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology
Case Management
Work-Based Learning

Students will gain knowledge and skills related to the Human Services discipline.