Human Services

View Program Information in the College Catalog [PDF]

Program Mission

The Human Services - Program's mission is to prepare individuals for employment as human services workers and to support those who wish to transfer to baccalaureate human services and social work programs.

Program Description

The Human Services Program is designed for people interested in working as Human Service workers in diverse settings such as group homes, mental retardation and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies; and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Field experience, or Work Practicum, is an important feature of this program in which students have supervised work experiences in a community setting.

Work Practicum is supervised work experience related to the student's field of study and approved by the Practicum instructor. The field experience may be the student's regular job or a volunteer assignment. The Practicum is supervised by Honolulu Community College and not by the officials of the field site. Through the Practicum Seminar (SOSE 51) the Practicum students have weekly or biweekly interaction with their Practicum Instructor. A standard college grading system is utilized. Seventy-five hours of work per semester is required for each credit earned in Practicum. Course designation for Practicum is SOSE 91V (Work Practicum). Course descriptions are listed in the Course Description section of this catalog.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the HSER program, students will be able to:

  • Work in the field of human services to serve clients or carry out other supportive human service agency functions.
  • Obtain information and guidance to transfer to a baccalaureate human services or social work program if desired.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Certificate of Competence (CoC)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost of textbooks is approximately $300 - $500 per semester for education courses. Students may also expect to spend from $50-$75 per semester for additional course materials.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Diane Caulfield, Professor/Cooperative Education Coordinator, Email, 845-9413
  • Elliott Higa, Assoc Professor, Liaison , Email, 845-9439
  • Jean Oshiro, Lecturer, Email, 844-2385
  • Sharon Ota, Professor , 845-9442
  • Greg Tanida, Lecturer CC, Email, 844-2385
  • Cyndi Uyehara, Professor, (PACE), Email, 845-9496