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Use Your Abilities to Help People With Disabilities

If you already have patience, sensitivity, and a strong desire to help others, NECC can prepare you to work directly with individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Why Choose NECC?

The program, which was designed to develop competencies in accordance with the National Community Support Skills Standards, will provide you with an understanding of developmental disabilities, and provide practical strategies for building rapport, adapting communication styles, and building problem-solving skills. With this program you will:

  • Learn the best ways to help clients achieve maximum self-sufficiency
  • Benefit from supervised practicum experiences providing direct services to individuals with disabilities
  • Practice observation, communication, interviewing and documentation skills
  • Be able to apply earned credits towards NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services

Because of NECC

In just one year you will be qualified to work in a variety of human services settings, or to continue your education and strengthen your credentials for higher level positions. Upon completion of the program you can:

  • Work in a variety of settings, including community residences, independent living facilities, vocational programs, or in home support services
  • Apply program credits towards NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services


Required Courses and Program Notes


Career Paths & Job Market

Employment Outlook
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Program Coordinator
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Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment for the Direct Support Certificate

Required Documents

Human Services Criteria Packet (PDF)

Human Services Student Achievement Indicators (PDF)

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