FVCC offers the following options to obtain an education in Human Services:
An Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Human Services prepares the student for transfer to a university for a major in Human Services, Social Work or other similar programs. The student will be prepared to enter the academic rigors of upper division courses. Graduates of this transfer program will qualify for an Associate of Arts degree and will be prepared to transfer to The University of Montana – Missoula, majoring in social work, or to a variety of other social service oriented programs. Upon successful completion of the social work program, students will be ready to seek employment in the social services or seek entry into a graduate school of social work.
The pioneers of human services training and education programs felt that the answer to the workforce shortage was not to train another group of specialized professionals but to develop an entirely new kind of worker, the generalist. Generalists are trained in a wide variety of helping interventions so that they may provide direct services to individuals or groups with a diversity of needs. These generalists also work in many different service settings integrating and coordinating the efforts of specialized professionals. Although graduates may vary from program to program in response to local needs, human service generalists are trained in basic helping skills essential to the helping relationship.