The Social & Human Services Program is a six-quarter program offering an associate of applied science degree. The program provides training for students who want to find employment in community-oriented social and human services occupations.


Program Overview

New students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarters. Courses are offered day and evening. In addition to preparing students for human services occupations, the program coursework serves students who plan to continue their education toward a baccalaureate degree in human services, counseling, social work or community services. Students can explore their interests and aptitudes for the field and at the same time fulfill the usual college transfer requirements.

Students in related vocational areas such as nursing, child and family studies, interpreter training and careers in both the public and private sector, can obtain specialized information regarding people problems and helping skills. Agency employees or volunteers can enroll in selected coursework on a continuing basis to up-grade skills and abilities. Any student or resident in the community can use the program for self-growth, personal enrichment and increased awareness regarding community issues and problems.

The SHS program offers courses that meet State of Washington Bureau of Alcohol and Substance Abuse requirements for chemical dependency certification. (Additional elective courses may be needed to meet state requirements. Consult with the division counselor for specific requirements.)

In addition to the associate of applied science degree, certificate programs contained within this area of study include Chemical Dependency Specialist.


Associate of Applied Science
(A.A.S.) Degree, 90 Credits

  • Three certificates are available: Child & Family Studies, Management in Human Services, and Prevention Specialist.
  • Students may begin any quarter.
  • Social and Human Services may be a good fit for you if you enjoy helping people, have good communication and problem-solving skills, and work well with diverse groups.
  • Areas of study include communication, interviewing and counseling, group dynamics and social change.
  • Graduates are qualified for employment in alcoholism and drug abuse treatment, corrections, mental health, senior services, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and rehabilitation.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Social and Human Services Program qualifies a student for employment in the areas of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment, corrections, mental health, aging, developmental disabilities, child welfare and delinquency, and rehabilitation. Students interested in advanced professional training in the fields of social work, clinical psychology, guidance counseling, psychiatry and rehabilitation counseling will also find the program to be an appropriate beginning point for their professional education.


For Further Information:

Social and Human Services Program
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3220
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.6900 206.934.6900

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