Human Services Associate

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105203

Overview

The Human Services associate program at Madison College trains you to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. You will acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. You will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. General education courses included in the program teach you to better understand social problems. During the second year of the program, you will start a fieldwork placement in a human service agency. Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

A Caregiver Background Check is required for fieldwork placements. Information obtained from the Criminal History Check may affect your ability to secure a fieldwork placement and your ability to find employment after graduation. Some of the aptitudes and interests that are essential for human service students include emotional stability and maturity, an interest in working with people, and an appreciation of cultural competence and diversity.

The Human Services Associate program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a training program for substance abuse counselors. The program is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education preparing students for the Human Services – Board Certified Professional Credential.

Program Details

Students in the Human Services Associate program can attend full or part time.

Human Services Associate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Goodman South (starting Fall 2019)

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Human Services


Admission

To Apply
 

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Human Services program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  1. Develop and maintain supportive, strength-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving in those being helped.
  2. Apply skills to the development of care and treatment plans and interventions.
  3. Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
  4. Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
  5. Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
  7. Communicate clearly in written reports.
  8. Write a grant to fulfill identified specific community needs.
  9. Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge and skills and strategies for people with substance abuse and mental health problems.
Careers

 Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
  • Income Maintenance Worker
  • Information and Referral Specialist
  • Intake Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Prevention Worker
  • Resident Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Social Worker

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    65
    Tuition
    $9016.80
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $953.43
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $9970.23
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 25 28 15
    Number of Surveys Sent 25 27 15
    Number of Surveys Returned 20 16 8
    Percent of Surveys Returned 80.00% 59.30% 53.30%
    Available for Employment 19 16 7
    Percent Available for Employment 95.00% 100.00% 87.50%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 5.00% 0.00% 12.50%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 18 13 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 94.70% 81.30% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 14 8 5
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 77.80% 61.50% 71.40%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 5 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 16.70% 38.50% 28.60%
    Employed - No Response 1 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 5.60% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 3 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 5.30% 18.80% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.3 3.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 16 8
    Very Satisfied 10 6 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 37.50% 50.00%
    Satisfied 10 8 4
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 50.00% 50.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 2 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 20 16 8
    Preparation for Getting a Job 9 3 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 45.00% 18.80% 25.00%
    Career Change 4 5 2
    Percent Career Change 20.00% 31.30% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 12.50% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 6 5 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.00% 31.30% 25.00%
    Personal Interest 1 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 5.00% 0.00% 12.50%
    Other 0 1 1
    Percent Other 0.00% 6.30% 12.50%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 17 13 6
    Before Enrollment 2 1 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 11.80% 7.70% 16.70%
    While Attending the College 5 3 3
    Percent While Attending the College 29.40% 23.10% 50.00%
    After Training at the College 10 9 2
    Percent After Training at the College 58.80% 69.20% 33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 18 13 7
    In College District 12 11 7
    Percent In College District 66.70% 84.60% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 2 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10% 15.40% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 5.60% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 3 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 16.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 10 6 3
    Average Monthly Wage $2,642 $2,724 $2,379
    Average Hourly Wage $15.36 $15.84 $13.83
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.5 41.1 50.7
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 1 2
    Average Hourly Wage $14.88 $12.50 $15.15
    Average Work Hours per Week 24 25 26
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 247 772
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 418 803
    Total Jobs 665 1,575
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Hope Haven Inc 24-Hour Counselor
    Madison Metropolitan School District Special Education/Behavior Ed Assistant
    Salvation Army Intake Employee
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Case Manager
    YMCA Preschool Teacher Sun Prairie

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