Program Overview and Outcomes

What is Human Services?

The Human Services Programs are designed to enhance the personal well-being of individuals.  The Human Service Technology Degree at CPCC provides students with a basic body of knowledge and skills that will prepare students to be effective in a wide range of Human Service professions and organizations.  Within the Human Services Program, students may choose to concentrate in Human Services Technology, Developmental Disabilities, or Substance Abuse.

The Southern Organization for Human Service Education states, “Human Service professionals receive formal education combined with practical experience.  This combination produces a competent individual capable of assisting individuals to meet many needs. There is a whole new spectrum of challenges today, and the Human Services professional is meeting them.

Human Service professionals go wherever people are experiencing difficulties.  Their profession is a vital one - not merely a job.  Their value to the field of Human Services is that of a general practitioner in the helping professions.  Most of all, their value is centered in their commitment to assisting others in maximizing their potential.”

The Philosophy of Human Services

The Human Services Curriculum is designed to educate and prepare graduates to fulfill a wide range of consumer needs in a variety of human service settings, in order to enable people to live a more satisfying, more autonomous, and more productive life.  The program combines liberal art education, human services/mental health care courses, practicum courses and specialty courses.  A major emphasis is placed on experiential learning or learning by doing.  Information is presented in the classroom setting, laboratory exercises and through field placements in supervised internships.  Professional attitudes, personal growth, knowledge, and skills are distinct components of the Human Services Program. This Program of Study is also appropriate for those individuals who wish primarily to improve their understanding of themselves and of the society in which they live.

Mission Statement

Central Piedmont Community College is an innovative and comprehensive college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.

The College accomplishes this purpose by providing high-quality, flexible pre-baccalaureate and career-focused educational programs and services which are academically, geographically, and financially accessible. This purpose requires a fundamental commitment to student success through teaching and learning excellence within a supportive environment.

In keeping with the College our mission is to promote comprehensive educational, practical and a skills-based experiences that will enhance and support the life-long interpersonal as well as intra-personal growth for the students and those they will serve in the future while at the same time facilitate  the growth in knowledge and ethics of the human services discipline.

Program Performance and Outcome Data

The Human Services Program conducts periodic performance updates with the purpose of maintaining a leading edge on the Human Services needs and resources and how best we are able to assist in the on going preparation of professionals to meet those needs. As a result, we have periodic program reviews designed to accomplish this task.

Human Services Handbook

Scholarship Information:--Luckadoo and Johnson Scholarship for Human Services is accepting applications.  Students must complete a general scholarship application though the college scholarship module at

Please make sure that you discuss with your Program Chair particular questions you may have.