Human Services Program

Human Services Program

Want to Help Others ?  Human Services is the Profession for You.

Human sevices workersThe most rewarding aspect of a career in human services is the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping others & making a difference. Possible careers paths includes working with various populations as a social work assistant,chemical dependency counselor assistant, case manager, intake coordinator, group leader and many others. 

Some benefits of COTC’s Human Services program are:

  • Direct knowledge of social service agencies and skill requirements;
  • Professional growth and development;
  • Specialization courses in chemical dependence and/or gerontology;
  • Opportunity to transfer classroom learning to work experience; and
  • Potential job placement and/or references 
  • Graduates who have successfully completed the program are eligible to apply for registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Graduates who have successfully completed the program have fulfilled a portion of the requirements necessary for licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and  components of the Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II) and prevention Specialist Certification through the State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

New One-Year Certificate Programs

Addiction Studies Certificate

Case Management for the Healthcare and Gerontology Professional Certificate

Available Autumn Semester 2018 pending Ohio Department of Higher Education approval

Looking for online or evening courses?

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The Human Services program offers all of its courses ONLINE, except for the hands-on skills courses. (HSV-120, HSV-131, HSV-141, Practicum)

Effective Autumn 2018, all courses will have an evening option at the Pataskala campus (except Practicum).

Human Services Advisory Committee

Jean Ollis, Chair, Department of Social Work, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

Phil Casby, Clinical Director, Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

Tonya Lock, Child Support Administrator, Coshocton County Dept. of Job & Family Services

Tricia Hufford, Director, New Beginnings Shelter/Alumni

Julian King, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Kraner Behavioral Health/Alumni

Pauline Stephenson, President, Carol Strawn Center

Penny Carroll, Ohio State Newark Faculty, Ohio State Newark Social Work Program

Trya Hixon, Clinical Supervisor, Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices

Cassandra Oliver, Superviosr, National Youth Advocate Program

Diane Williams, Manager, Coshocton County Board of D


Diana Oswalt, Victim Advocate, Knox County Victims Assistance

Leslie Ridenbaugh, Social Worker, Coshocton Regional Medical Center

John Jordan, Alumni, Central Ohio Technical College, Franklin Co Juvenile Detention Center

Elizabeth Sutherland, Supervisor, The Main Place

Terri Porter, Vice President of Career Services, Licking Knox Goodwill

Dawn Snyder, Case Manager, Salvation Arny Knox County

April Sharp, Director of Home Services, Licking County Aging Program

Emilee Waddell, Preventionist, Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices

Click to view Studnet Achievement Indicators 

Graduate Testimonials


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The Human Services Program at Central Ohio Technical College is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.