Social Services

When people find themselves in need of personal assistance, they can turn to one of many social services agencies for help. These agencies need qualified individuals to work with people in need, offering individuals to work with people in need, offering advice, guidance, and help. The social services worker can assist in many areas, including children's services, helping children get a good start with the right nutrition and education; services for the elderly; nutrition centers and senior citizen activities and services. In addition, welfare and other social service agencies need individuals to work with the underprivileged, disadvantaged, handicapped or abused.

The WSCC experience includes actual field experience at agencies involved in personal assistance with part of two semesters spent working various social service agencies applying classroom theory to actual cases.


Graduates can assist individuals and families with a wide variety of issues such as child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, family services, criminal justice and elder issues. You can link clients to needed social and community resources, verify eligibility or provide direct services. Social service workers also work to develop new programs to prevent various social problems.

Graduates can apply for jobs as Case Managers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Outreach Workers, Intake Specialist, Rehabilitation Assistants, Psychiatric Technicians and Developmental Disability Workers.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Consistently perform work habits such as: punctuality, productivity, verbal and written communication skills, cooperation with staff and clients and working within the policies, structures, and functions of social service agencies.
  • Apply the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and values consistent with the profession, to ethical situations.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills needed as a helping professional such as active listening, appropriate verbal and non-verbal responses and written communication.
  • Collect, organize and prioritize client assessment information needed to develop progress reports, social histories, and case treatment plans and closing summaries.
  • Identify client needs and link them to available community resources.
  • Monitor and evaluate clients' success toward individualized goal attainment.
  • Identify historical and current social welfare policy issues facing helping professional agencies.


Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.

Successful completion of the curriculum leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree

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