Jun 19, 2024  
2024-25 Academic Catalog 
2024-25 Academic Catalog

Human Services/Social Work - HSSW.AA

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The Human Services/Social Work Option is offered for students who desire to:

1. Move seamlessly into a four-year academic institution with Junior status with the intent of obtaining a BSW or MSW, or:

2. Complete an A.A. Degree with the expectation of working in a Human Services Organization in either the private or public sector.

The overall objective of the program is to provide the student with the skills required in a field with an ever-increasing need for workers as dictated by:

1. Commitment to provide community-based programs to people with a psychiatric diagnosis;

2. Commitment to provide educational services to every child in the least restrictive environment increasing the need for public advocacy;

3. Commitment to family reunification;

4. Social-economic needs of an ever-increasing diverse society;

5. The increase in opioid addiction rates.

The Human Services/Social Work option includes the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation, and incorporates all coursework required by the MassTransfer A2B Pathway in Social Work. Upon the successful completion of the program requirements, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Transfer will be awarded.

Additional Requirements for Accepted Students

Mandatory Health Records: All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health Services office by the first day of classes.  The Health Office is located in Building 20, Room 320 (third floor), the phone number is 413 755-4230.  Additional information and required forms can be found on the health services website http://www.stcc.edu/healthservices. The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner. 

Background Check: College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.

Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the program.

Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities. Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal with the Vice President of Student and Multicultural Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s determination.

Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.

Program Goals

The student will:

  1. Become aquainted with the operations of human service organizations to include historical perspective, differentiation between private/public sector; and contractual entities and requirements.
  2. Develop an understanding of ethical practices (to include legal aspects of the social worker’s code of conduct);
  3. Be introduced to societal diversity and the needs of various subcultures this entails;
  4. Develop an understanding of the arts and languages associated with various cultures;
  5. Learn to communicate effectively, both orally and written, and;
  6. Learn the basics of social science research/methodology.

(HSSW.AA) Curriculum

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Josh Carreiro Professor/Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair 17/237 413-755-4631 jlcarreiro@stcc.edu
Ashley Pease Assistant Professor/Social and Behavioral Science Practicum Coordinator 13/342 413-755-4280 apease@stcc.edu
Jennifer Wallace-Johnson Assistant Professor of Social Work 13/347 413-755-4832 jwjohnson@stcc.edu


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