Human ServicesHuman Services


Division of Social Sciences and Human Services

Human service workers are people with various job titles, such as social services assistant, case management aide, social work assistant, residential counselor, community support worker, alcohol or drug abuse counselor, mental health technician, child care worker, community outreach worker, life skill counselor and gerontology aide.

They generally work under the direction of professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as nursing, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation or social work. The amount of responsibility and supervision they are given varies a great deal. Some are on their own most of the time and have little direct supervision; others work under close direction.

Human services workers provide direct and indirect client services. They assess clients’ needs, establish their eligibility for benefits and services and help them obtain them. They examine financial documents such as rent receipts and tax returns to determine whether the Medicaid, welfare and other human services programs. They also arrange for transportation and escorts and provide emotional support.  Human services workers also play a variety of roles in community settings.

They may organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of crisis intervention or administer a food bank or emergency fuel program. In halfway houses, group homes and government supported housing programs, they assist adult residents who need supervision in personal hygiene and daily living skills. The review clients’ records, ensure they take correct doses of medication, talk with their families and confer with medical personnel to gain better insight into clients’ backgrounds and needs.

Educational Opportunities in Human Services

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services
The human services degree prepares students for entry level social service positions. The associate of applied science degree in human services prepares students for employment as case managers, child care workers, program aides, mental health technicians, job coaches, outreach workers and social service aides. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by the College’s University Partnership.

Students in the associate of applied science in human services program complete courses in:

  • Communications
  • Computer information systems
  • English
  • Human services
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Sociology

Related Educational Opportunities

Associate of Arts in Psychology
The mission of the Psychology Department is to support the college community by providing a diverse, dynamic, scientific and personalized learning environment that inspires student achievement, fosters academic excellence, promotes service, and facilitates lifelong learning.

Through lectures, readings, research, laboratory experiences, writing assignments, discussions, and other academic and scholarly activities, psychology courses will promote the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values consistent with a liberal arts education and enable students to function personally and professionally as informed and socially responsible world-citizens.

The Psychology Department at Lorain County Community College offers eighteen psychology courses that are some of the most popular at the College, enhanced by an outstanding faculty.

Associate of Arts (with emphasis in social work)
The associate of arts is for students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in social work by completing the first two or more years at LCCC. Students completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice. The associate of arts is intended for students who wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in a program field such as social work.

Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The study of psychology is concerned with explaining, predicting, and describing the thoughts, emotions, and actions of humans and animals. A major or minor in psychology provides an excellent background for occupations in such diverse fields as business, education, and the social services. A major provides the basis for graduate training leading to the pursuit of psychology as a profession in either the academic or applied areas. Many students decide to major in psychology because the CSU program prepares them to work with and help others in many different ways, from providing one-on-one, in-depth assistance to those who are suffering to conducting research into the causes of mental illness to understanding what motivates people to respond to written or oral communication. Individuals, couples, families, schools, businesses, and communities all seek and use psychological services.

Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Social Work
The baccalaureate degree with a major in social work prepares students for entry into beginning, generalist, and professional social work practice. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings such as public and private welfare agencies, mental health centers, health care settings, educational systems, correctional institutions, and business and industry. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A baccalaureate degree in social work from an accredited degree program qualifies a person to apply for licensing in the state of Ohio.

Master of Health and Human Services
Program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.

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