NEWARK, Ohio, March 1, 2017 – March is a month dedicated to those who provide empathy and dedication to children and families across the country. It's National Professional Social Work Month. Social workers perform jobs as advocates, advisors, counselors and facilitators in schools, clinics, businesses and government offices. In their roles, they provide support to people of all backgrounds, to communities and to employers in both crisis and just everyday life situations. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) offers an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services which provides students with the skills to enter the social work field.
According to data from the Ohio Education Research Center, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 81 percent of COTC's human services technology graduates were employed in Ohio nine months after graduation. In a 2013 graduate study, it was found that 65.6% of human services graduates pursued additional education after attending COTC, predominately at four-year institutions. Further, of the COTC graduates who continued their studies, all of their subsequent credentials were at the baccalaureate- and graduate-degree levels, largely in fields related to social service.
"COTC human services is committed to preparing qualified and 'on-the-job ready' students," said COTC Human Services Program Director Tressa Arnold. "We are proud of the high-quality graduates getting jobs in our region after graduation."
Students who graduate from COTC's human services program pursue careers as social worker assistants, chemical dependency counselor assistants, case managers, intake coordinators and group leaders. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 257,700 jobs.
COTC's human services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). The national accreditation period runs from February 2016 through February 2021.
CSHSE is the only national organization accrediting human service education programs. The council is committed to assuring the quality, consistency and relevance of human service education through research-based standards and a peer-review, accreditation process. Students graduating from CSHSE accredited programs are eligible to apply for the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential. The credential is designed for human services practitioners seeking to advance their careers by acquiring independent verification of their practical knowledge and educational background.
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.