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A Human Services Degree Makes a Difference

Do you have a passion for helping people who are struggling with issues? A Human Services degree will put you on a career path that is dedicated to helping others prevent or solve problems in order to improve their quality of life. If you want to make a difference in the lives of others and in your community, then St. Petersburg College’s Social and Human Services Associate in Science degree might be the path for you.

Degree Information

Students in our program will be quickly prepared for entry-level employment in the Human Services field, with all the training you’ll need to obtain your state certifications. Our courses are taught by credentialed professionals with experience in their fields. We also offer internship opportunities that will not only prepare you for your new career, but also make your resume look great.

You can jump right in and work on our 60-credit Social and Human Services Associate in Science degree, which offers four different sub-plans from which you can choose:

  • General Subplan
  • Addiction Studies
  • Community Health
  • Youth Development

Or, you can begin by becoming certified in Addiction Studies, Community Health Worker, or Youth Development Professional. All of the certificates count toward the AS degree.

St. Petersburg College is committed to helping you succeed, with free resources that assist you academically and also help you find a job when you’re finished with your studies.

Career Opportunities

Human Services professionals should possess a strong desire to help others. They will need to be patient, understand and caring in order to work to help people in at-risk, vulnerable situations like abuse, addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental health or physical illness. Other important traits include strong communication and time management skills, along with a strong desire to make the world a better place.

Potential jobs in the field include behavioral health technician, mental health aide, social work assistant, family support worker, community outreach worker, youth worker and case management assistant.

Start Immediately

You don’t have to wait! There is still time to register for our Spring Express classes, which begin February 5, 2018. Check out our Spring Express class offerings.

For more information, contact Program Director Cheryl Kerr at (727) 341-3736, or email her at You can also call Jay Charboneau at (727) 341-4564, or email him at

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental illness infographic

May is Mental Health Awareness month. The first week of the month also  is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, NAMI and the rest of the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of our nation’s thoughts.”


Certification Now Available for Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers showing off their certifications

Certification is now available for Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs have now been recognized as a critical part of the health care system. They’re lay members of communities who work in association with the local health care system in both urban and rural environments and usually share ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status and life experiences with the community members they serve.

While CHWs focus on different health problems, their duties include outreach, culturally sensitive care, health education/counseling, health advocacy, home visits, health promotion/lifestyle change, perinatal care support and transportation/homemaking.

For information on how to become a Certified Community Health Worker, click on this link: Florida Community Health Worker Certification