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Walla Walla Community College

Why Choose WWCC for Human & Social Services?

If you want to make a difference in your community, you can’t make a better choice than Human and Social Services. You’ll learn skills that can prepare you for a career in social work, counseling or community advocacy. At WWCC, we’ll teach you about the needs of diverse groups of people. You’ll learn professional and ethical standards that are crucial when working with people in need. And you’ll have the chance to build real-world experience through field placements with local agencies.

Careers in Human & Social Services

When Helping People Is Your Purpose

With a degree in Human and Social Services, you can make a big difference for people in your community. You’ll help connect them with services like food, shelter, addition recovery, mental health counseling, disability services and more. You’ll play a key role in helping people get back on their feet after tough times or live more independently. The need for skilled human service workers is strong and expected to grow. So you’ll find lots of job opportunities. If you are compassionate, resourceful and good at solving problems, this can be deeply rewarding work.

Certificates & Degrees in Human & Social Services

With a two-year associate degree from WWCC, you’ll be prepared for work at social service agencies, nursing homes, rehab centers, group homes and shelters. You can do fieldwork in the community and start building an impressive resume. Or you can transfer to a four-year college to continue working toward your bachelor’s degree.

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Human & Social Services Program Details

Entrance Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree is the best option for students planning to pursue a four year degree at a Washington baccalaureate institution. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate adequate preparation for career development required to be an effective human services professional.
  • Recognize and apply ethical and professional standards within the human services field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development and how social systems interact in producing human problems.
  • Identify the full spectrum of a diverse community and appropriate techniques for working with diverse individuals.
  • Identify strategies, interventions, and goal attainment that promote healthy functioning and treatment-rehabilitation congruent with organizations in the human service profession.
  • Employ proficient written and verbal communication skills and the appropriate uses of technology.

Scholarship Opportunities

At WWCC, we’ll help you find scholarships that may be open to you. Scholarships provide money for school that you don’t have to pay back. They can be used for things like tuition, books, tools and fees. They come from sources like the WWCC Foundation, local businesses and private funds. Some

WWCC programs also have scholarships for students working toward a certain certificate or degree. You might qualify based on good grades, financial need or the potential to benefit from school. The bottom line: You have options. We’ll help you explore them at WWCC.

Paying for Your Degree

There are lots of ways to pay for college. We will work with you to find the right mix of support so that you can go after your dreams. Talk with us to learn more about:

  • Work study — work part-time on campus while you earn your degree.
  • Emergency funds — for students who are struggling to make ends meet.

You can go to college. Start exploring your options today.

Other Information

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

This program does not require background checks or drug screening before entering into the program. However, students might want to familiarize themselves with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether one is hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants, student practicums, and volunteers may be required to submit to background checks and/or drug screens by federal or state law. For more information, visit

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