The Human Services Associate program trains people to provide information, resources, support. and advocacy for those most in need. Through classroom work and field experience activities, students acquire the skills needed to work with diverse groups of youth and adults facing a multitude of challenges such as poverty, discrimination, child abuse homelessness, addictions, physical and mental health problems, and disabilities.
Graduates are employed in a variety of agencies, including county human services, community-based organizations, residential treatment programs, and other settings where people in need are assisted. Graduates may also transfer on to receive their bachelor’s degrees in social work or other human service-related programs.
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.
Estimated Program Cost
Human Services Associate
This program will cost about $9,600* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Human Services Associate 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats
|Employed in Related Occupation||5|
|Employed in Non-related Occupations||0|
|Not in Labor Market||0|
Salary Data - Related Employment
|Part Time||Full Time|
|Average Hours Per Week||40|
|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
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Western uses the Blackboard Learning Management System. Some courses may use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to meet and work virtually. Visit our website for guidance on how to access and use these tools.
- Office 365 (available to download for free once you have a student email)
- Recommended web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.
- Western has several computer labs available. Visit our website to find open hours and locations on the La Crosse campus. Or find information on how to access resources on our Regional Locations web page.
- The Learning Commons has computers, webcams, and microphones available for in-house use. Our librarians recommend checking your local public library for computer access on the weekends. Staff members can also provide information on free, off-campus Wi-Fi spots. Contact them at LearningCommons@westerntc.edu or call 608-785-9198.
- Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.
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: