College Updates Human Services Course Offerings

POTTSTOWN PA – Montgomery County Community College has begun offering new concentrations in its Human Services degree program, the college announced Thursday (April 14, 2011).

Students can now earn their associate degree in applied science under one comprehensive Human Services program. They also have the option of selecting three areas of concentration: addictions, gerontology, and child, youth and family services.

Students, who already have their degree or who work in the field and want to update their skills, may opt to enroll in certificate programs in human services, addictions or gerontology.

The college revamped the program so it’s courses focus more on professional skill development, spokeswoman Alana Mauger said.

The number of jobs in the Human Services field is expected to grow by 23 percent during the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, social and human service assistants held more than 352,000 jobs nationwide.

More than 65 percent of the people employed in this field are working in the health care and social assistance areas.