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Why choose Social Work at PPCC?

With a PPCC Social Work Associate of Arts degrees, you could pursue a job as a probation officer, substance abuse counselor or victims advocate associate. If you transfer and earn more advanced degrees, you could become licensed social worker, rehabilitation counselor and child welfare case worker, among others. 

What do PPCC Social Work students study?

Social Work students at PPCC will be exposed to a wide range of knowledge and topics relevant to modern professionals. As part of their education, students will:

  • Learn about the history of the social welfare system in the United States.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between biological, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural systems.
  • Understand the importance of larger social systems, such as families, communities, and organizations.

Classes you might take

Introduces students to the philosophy of the social work profession including the knowledge, values, ethics, roles and skills inherent to generalist social work.
Focuses on the person in the environment throughout the life span with an examination of the relationship between biological, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural systems.
Introduces students to the profession of Social Work and Social Welfare. Students will be presented with an historical and conceptual overview of the social welfare system in the United States. Attention is given to the milieu within which social, political, economic, racial and cultural forces have interacted in the evolution of social welfare.
Application of the foundation of generalist practice skills. Requires 15 clock hours of volunteer work in an approved human service agency.

Certified Addiction Counseling Certificate Program

Beginning April 1, 2021, the Office of Behavior Health (OBH) will require a 4-year college degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, and/or a related behavioral health field to qualify to become a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS). The CAS position is equivalent to CAC II/III and qualifies you for direct face-to-face client counseling.  


We are pleased to announce that the Social Work Department at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is now offering Certified Addiction Counseling (CAC) classes.  You will need to complete the CAC classes as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Work to be able to work as an addiction counselor in the state of Colorado.  The Social Work Department has been approved to offer the first 5 of the CAC I courses. We will continue to develop the remaining CAC I courses and all the CAC II courses, incrementally, so we will be able to offer all these courses at PPCC.  Additionally, the Social Work Department has transfer agreements with CSU-Pueblo, Metro State University, and Newman University for students pursuing their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).  Once UCCS obtains accreditation we intend to pursue a "formal" transfer agreement with them.


Furthermore, you will earn college credits when you complete the CAC classes at PPCC and you will earn credit towards your addiction counseling certification with the state of Colorado.  Financial aid can be used for the CAC classes and for students working to obtain your Associate of Arts (AA) in Social Work.  The AA is also known as the 2-year degree.  Please contact Ann-Marie Manning at or 719-502-4214 if you have questions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Get started in Social Work

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Social Work Faculty Contact

BPS Division

(719) 502-3300


Contact Social Work

Apply for Scholarships

Every Year the PPCC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students.

Scholarship Information

Certified Addiction Counselor Handbook

Handbook for Addiction Counselors effective September 2021


CAC Handbook