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School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences :: Programs of Study

Human Services - Associate of Science

The VWCC Human Services program prepares students for entry-level positions in the helping fields or for transfer to a bachelor degree program in social work or human services. Through courses and an internship at a local human services agency, students develop skills and knowledge in working with people with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities, adolescents, the aged, people who abuse substances, and the child or adult in crisis. Employment opportunities are varied and include entry level positions in hospitals, residential facilities, and other community service agencies. Graduates may also transfer to a four-year college or university for bachelors degrees in human services or social work.

Employment opportunities for graduates in Human Services include staff positions in hospitals, mental health clinics, residential facilities and human services agencies. Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university for bachelor degrees in fields such as social work and human services.

About Community & Social Service Occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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What classes do I take?

Admission to Internship (MEN 290)

The Human Services program requires completion of a 180 hour internship with a local human services agency. Admission to the MEN 290 (Coordinated Internship) class is selective and must be approved by and coordinated with the Human Services Program Head. Eligibility for internship is based upon the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (MEN 100, MEN 101 and MEN 102), faculty recommendations, expected graduation date and any relevant internship site requirements. Please note that completion of the course prerequisite classes alone is not guarantee of admission to the internship class. In addition, any student who does not meet the professional standards of Virginia Western Community College, the Human Services program and/or the participating clinical agency may be refused admission to the internship or withdrawn from the internship class and the Human Services program. Students who are terminated by the internship site, fail the internship course or are removed from the class will not be allowed to repeat the class and will therefore, be unable to graduate from the Human Services program. Students who are removed or withdrawn from the internship for inappropriate conduct may be referred to the college's disciplinary committee.

Student Organization

The Virginia Western Community Action Network (VWCAN) student organization is housed in the Human Services program, but is open to all VWCC students. VWCAN's mission is to provide volunteer service to local community agencies and advocate for those in need.

For More Information

For more information about the Human Services program or VWCAN, contact Dr. Annemarie Carroll at (540) 857-6178 orĀ  .

Program Head

Annemarie Carroll
Professor, Human Services

Phone: 540-857-6178
Location: Duncan Hall D105D

B.S. - State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990
M.S. - State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
Ph.D. - Kent State University, 1999

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Contact Us

School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Location: Humanities H111
Phone: 540-857-7271
Fax: 540-857-6096

Mailing address:
3082 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015