Human Services students have a sincere interest in helping others. Through experience, community involvement, and classroom instruction, students will learn about working with preschoolers, school-aged children, people with special needs, and the elderly. These students are preparing for careers as teachers, counselors, social workers, child care providers, geriatric service providers and workers in the health care and mental health fields. The Human Services students are responsible for many of the activities at Northwest Career & Technical Center’s preschool, "Curiosity Corners”. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to either enter college or the workforce.
The Human Services program is a college prep level program, and students will need reading, writing and presentation skills to be successful. Students accepted into the program must be able to pass an Agency of Human Services background check to participate in work based learning at the Curiosity Corners preschool.
Human Services I
This class is an option for students in grades 11 and 12.
Human Services II
This class is an option for all students who have participated in and met Human Services I proficiencies.
Over the course of the two-year program students may earn:
Embedded Credit: Social Studies (.5 credit per year)
English (1 integrated/transcripted credit in 2nd year)
Credentials: Bloodborne Pathogens; Better Kid Care; CPR/AED First Aid; National Career Readiness Certificate' Paraeducator Certification; SafeSchools; VT Mandated Reporter Training; Youth Mental Health First Aid
Dual Enrollment: Community College of VT - Introduction to Human Services (3 credits); Early Childhood Development (3 credits)
(One Period Electives)
Perspectives in Human Services
Students will explore concepts in Human Services through the use of popular youth literature. Topics include ethics, family and professional dilemmas, mental health, home health and respite organizations, substance abuse programs, family crisis centers, and community development agencies.
Learn the basics of learning theory including learning styles, how you learn, how learning changes as we develop over time, special learning needs, and what it takes to become a teacher.