May 26, 2024  
2019-20 Gaston College Catalog 

Human Services Technology - At-Risk Youth Certificate (C45380A)

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The curriculum prepares students for entry-level direct service work with the at-risk youth population. The courses are designed to enable students to link counseling theory to practice. In addition to course work in Human Services, students will participate in fieldwork experience in a Human Services agency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Identify the knowledge, skills, and roles of a human service worker.
  2. Identify the main crises affecting children and adolescents in contemporary society.
  3. Identify the intervention strategies and available services for children and adolescents experiencing crises.
  4. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of how to assess crisis situations and respond appropriately with the appropriate differential techniques applicable to various crisis situations.
  5. Demonstrate professional work ethic traits and personal behaviors necessary for career success.

Admission Information

Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Human Services Technology - At-Risk Youth Certificate MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college.

  1. Submit a Gaston College Application
  2. Complete Residency Determination for in-state tuition
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Meet with an advisor / Attend an information session
  5. Submit official transcripts
  6. Provide proof of course placement requirements

Additional Program Requirements for Human Services Technology

  • Have grades of “C” or better in all required program courses.
  • Students are required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria which will include a valid Criminal Background Check (CBC). 

Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on results of CBC. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student may not be allowed to continue in the Human Services Technology Program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided in HSE 110. 

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following:  criminal background check.

Total Program Hours: 17


The courses taken in this certificate program may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services Technology.

To be eligible for WBL 111 and WBL 115, students must be recommended for placement by the Human Services Technology faculty and have completed the following courses: HSE 110 and one other HSE course in the major courses list.

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