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With a Human Services Associate Degree You Can Have a Career Helping Others

We all need a little assistance some time.  You’ll get it at NECC as you prepare for a career helping individuals and families to improve their lives. This Human Services Associate Degree program will prepare you for a career working with people with emotional and social problems, developmental disabilities, mental illness, or substance abuse problems.

Why Choose NECC?

At NECC you’ll train as a generalist, learning how to work with people of all ages and backgrounds. This ensures a wide range of career paths after graduation. With this program you will:

  • Prepare to work with people with emotional, social, or developmental issues.
  • Learn how to help those with mental illnesses or addiction problems.
  • Benefit from supervised clinical experiences in social services settings.
  • Earn your degree in a program that contains the National Community Support Skill Standards, and is accredited by the Council for Standard in Human Service Education.
  • Be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year program to complete your bachelor’s degree.

Because of NECC

You can pursue a wide variety of entry-level positions, or continue your education at a four-year school. Growth opportunities in the field are projected to be strong. Upon completion of the Human Services Associate Degree program you can:

  • Pursue career paths as a case manager, outreach worker, advocate, mental health worker, or a counselor (crisis, residential, addiction).
  • Work in a variety of public or private settings including hospitals, clinics, residential facilities, or human services agencies.
  • Be able to take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements to save thousands of dollars while you earn your bachelor’s degree in human services or a related field.



I’m excited about my human services career … I like working with people and helping them any way I can.

Barbara Conrad, Human Services


Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes


Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities
Career Paths
Licensing and Credentialing for Graduates
External Online Resources
Transferring to a 4 year College or University


Human Services Program Coordinator
Faculty Contact Information

Required Documents

Human Services Criteria Packet (PDF)

Human Services Student Achievement Indicators (PDF)

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