Why Choose Social Work at PPCC?

For students interested in Social Work or Human Services, an Associate of Arts (AA) Social Work transfer degree provides the first two years for transfer to a four-year school. The Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) Social Services Technician degree prepares students to work in a paraprofessional capacity in the Social Services sector. Students develop skills in casework and management, with education and training geared toward assisting special needs groups, families and high-risk individuals. PPCC also offers six certificate programs in Social Work, including Child Welfare, Gerontology and Substance Abuse.

What will I study?

PPCC offers a variety of options for students interested in social work and human services. For those wishing to enter the workforce immediately, the AAS Social Services Technician degree is an ideal solution. For those who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, the AA Social Work transfer degree prepares them for that path. And PPCC offers six certificate programs to help working professionals expand and improve their skills.

  • 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.

Example Classes I 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.

Social Work Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and discuss matters of inequality impacting various demographic groups based on gender, power, culture, religion, and sexuality
  2. Distinguish the various social service agencies available in the community and contrast how each unique service can meet the needs of unique individuals and their circumstances
  3. Construct a warranted conclusion by recognizing assumptions, interpreting data, evaluating evidence, and examining inplications
  4. Assess issues affecting their communities from a variety of persepectives
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