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Social and Human Services – Mental Health

The Social and Human Services – Mental Health curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services.

At a Glance

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

The employment outlook for Psychiatric Technicians and Aides is extremely bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of psychiatric technicians and aides is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

To learn more about a career in the Social and Human Services field, visit CCC&TI’s Career Coach site for the following program:

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Along with core courses, students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Clinical experiences will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

CCC&TI offers the following educational programs in this area:

Admission Requirements for the Social and Human Services program:

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application
  • Sign up for a Virtual Information Session
  • High School transcript/Adult High School diploma/high school equivalency
  • College transcripts
  • Gateway English and math readiness
  • MAR (Minimum Admissions Requirements) Review
  • Health form after acceptance
  • Current certification in CPR after acceptance
  • Criminal background checks/drug screening after acceptance


Costs at North Carolina community colleges are traditionally the best educational value available for college transfer, technical, and vocational students. For current tuition and fees at Caldwell Community College and Technical institute, contact the Student Services Office at 828.726.2200.

Financial assistance is available to qualified students through grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment in the college work-study program.

Program Outcomes:

  • Prepare students for careers in Human Services agencies, organizations, and institutions
  • Ability to effectively match client/patient needs with available community resources
  • An increased capacity for self-awareness and personal growth
  • Develop thoughtful, genuine, and empathetic attitudes toward other people
  • Expand knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to help people help themselves
  • To facilitate students’ entry into and success in bachelor’s degree programs
  • Client care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of human service issues
  • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying our professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse client population