Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Monterey Peninsula College campuses have been closed until further notice. MPC classes and student support services will be offered fully online.

Class Schedule

Consult the current schedule of classes for information about when these courses are offered.

The Human Services program is intended to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the Human Services field such as program specialist, community outreach worker, life skills counselor, eligibility worker, and social services assistant.  Paraprofessional jobs are plentiful in state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations and private social services agencies.  Career advancement is available with experience and additional training.  Most courses in the program will transfer, allowing the student to pursue and advanced degree.

Degrees and Certificates

Course Title  Certificate  Degree

Human Services



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Human Services certificate, students will be able to:

  • Assist families and individuals in using specialized services and in self-assessment and self-reliance.
  • Apply professional behavior, confidentiality, and respect in all situations.

Download the Human Services program brochure (PDF).

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Courses Offered:

Course  Course Name Units Coursework
HUMS 50 Introduction to Human Services 3 units coursework
HUMS 53 Counseling Techniques for the Paraprofessional 3 units coursework
HUMS 54 Family Development 3 units coursework
HUMS 60 Practices in Human Services 1 unit coursework
HUMS 61 Introduction to Alcohol/Drug Studies 3 units coursework
HUMS 62 Introduction to Gerontology 3 units coursework

Registration Information:

Consult the current schedule of classes for information about when these courses are offered.

Students register for classes online through WebReg. If you need assistance please feel free to contact Admissions & Records or review our WebReg Procedures.

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