Human Services Associate | Western Technical College

Human Services Associate

Associate Degree

Program Number: 



Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring

 Helping others is as much of a calling as it is a career choice. As a human services associate, you will provide crucial information, resources, support, and advocacy for those facing a wide range of challenges. Western's program combines classroom instruction and field experience activities to give you the skills necessary to assist diverse groups of youth and adults dealing with issues like poverty, discrimination, child abuse, homelessness, addictions, physical and mental health problems, and disabilities.

Graduates find employment opportunities in various agencies, including county human services, community-based organizations, residential treatment programs, and other settings dedicated to assisting individuals in need. Additionally, you have the option to pursue a bachelor degree in social work or related human service programs through Western's transfer opportunities.

Read our blog to find out more about this career in action: Human Services Associate: Bridging Gaps, Transforming Lives

In addition to the standard fall term start, this program has a spring term evening program with course sequences differing from those listed below. Please speak with an Admissions Coach for more information.

To view the Human Services Associate program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Human Services Associate

This program will cost about $9,953* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Human Services Associate 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding19
Employed in Related Occupation5
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education12
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$16.40
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary$34,109

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Administrative Assistant, Cultural Advocate, Mental Health Tech, Paraprofessional, Peer Support Specialist, Special Education Teacher Assistant

Career Opportunities

Case Manager
Mental Health Coordinator
Child Support Specialist
Community Resource Specialist
Direct Support Professional
Economic Support Specialist
Human Services Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Model a commitment to cultural competence
  • Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Utilize community resources
  • Apply human services interventions and best practices
  • Cultivate professional relationships

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School or GED/HSED Transcript

Additional Requirements

To enroll in the Human Services Associate program, apply for admission to the College, contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with a Health & Public Safety College Advisor to be sure all required admission requirements are completed. Please keep your contact information up to date at all times.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

Transfer Agreements

Concordia University
Viterbo University
Winona State University

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