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EWC announces new Human Services A.A. degree

March 16, 2019

TORRINGTON — Eastern Wyoming College has received approval from the Wyoming Community College Commission to offer a new associate of arts degree in Human Services.

The primary student audience for this new degree is the student interested in a 2-year degree with job potential in the helping professions. The communities in EWC’s service area have social, community, and health services which employ people trained in human services. This degree may also be of interest to students who have completed the Certified Nurse Assistant course or are transferring on to focus on areas such as counseling or health care management.

This two-year degree will attract students who want entry level jobs in areas that provide professional support including: the elderly, persons living with chronic health conditions, victims of crimes, victims of domestic or sexual abuse, foster families, people with addictions, veterans, the homeless, adolescents, and families. Students would be able to gain valuable experience in the two semesters of Field Experience courses required. Several local agencies have indicated they would be able to place students for the field experience classes and would also have positions for which students with this degree would be qualified.

There is a National Organization for Human Services that offers Board Certification: https://www.nationalhumanservices.org/.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 4,000 of these jobs in Wyoming in 2017. The median hourly income is $22.44 and the median annual income is $47,850. This field is projected to grow in the next several years.

For more information about the program, please contact Ms. Creagar at 307.532.8345 or ellen.creagar@ewc.wy.edu.