Programs and Majors
Programs and Majors
We offer two Associate of Applied Science Degrees and one certificate program that help you reach your career and educational goals.
You’ll learn the theory and solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges for direct-service employment. With an associates degree in two specializations as well as the certificate, you’ll be prepared for both entry-level employment and career advancement.
Learn more about each program below, and contact a Departmental Advisor for help to determine the best fit for you.
Associate of Applied Science Degree: General Human Services
The required course work in this degree option is designed to provide students with basic skills necessary for employment in a wide variety of social service settings. Electives chosen in coordination with a Human Services department advisor allow the student to plan a degree that is individually tailored to meet each student’s career objectives. Students planning to transfer to four-year institutions should consult with their Departmental Advisor for information on transferable course work.
Associate of Applied Science Degree: Addictions Counseling
If you wish to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and do not already have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, this is the degree plan for you.
Successful addictions counselors feel strongly about helping people. They are patient, empathetic, and stable. When chemical dependencies damage people’s lives, professional counselors help find a path to recovery.
They work one-on-one with patients or in groups to identify negative behaviors and establish healthy habits. As part of a treatment team that includes social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals, addictions counselors work in outpatient and inpatient settings and may interact with affected family members.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives a snapshot of the outlook for the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor (LCDC):
- 2012 Median Pay $38,520 per year; $18.52 per hour
- Entry-level education = Associates Degree
- Number of jobs, 2012 = 89,600
- Job Outlook, 2012 – 2022 = 31% (much faster than average, the average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent)
- Employment Change 2012 – 2022 = 28,200 (the projected numeric change in employment from 2012-2022)
- Work environment = LCDC counselors work in a wide variety of settings, such as treatment centers, community health centers, prisons, and private practice. Most work full time.
Certificate in Addictions Counseling
ACC offers an Addictions Counseling three-semester certificate in Addictions Counseling.
The Certificate in Addictions Counseling is designed for individuals with an Associates or Bachelors degree in a social-behavioral science area but just need courses and training in addictions.
Contact a Departmental Advisor to make sure this is the best fit for you.