Human Services Program

The Human Services (HUMS) program prepares students for entry-level positions in human services agencies. Persons with a strong desire to help others, a sincere respect for mankind and a commitment to their own personal growth may find this field rewarding. They must be emotionally stable, flexible and interested in working with people of diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Recovery from life traumas and addictions can be a positive attribute if the student has successfully worked through specific issues and is willing to continue personal growth. Students who complete an addictions concentration are eligible for certification as chemical dependency counselor technicians through the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC).


Course Delivery Method

This program is different from the HUMS and RHS Cohort models. This unique option supports students in the following ways:

  • Courses taught through a combination of calling into class by phone twice a week and utilizing a 'virtual classroom' in Blackboard 3-4 times per week;
  • All courses are offered during lunch time or in the evening,
  • All classes are recorded for students to review or if they missed a class they can listen to the recording to avoid falling behind;
  • Individual technology assistance is available to help students succeed in the courses, students only need a phone, computer and internet access;
  • Low bandwidth or dial up are acceptable;

Diane McEachern, PhD, LCSW, MSW

Assistant Professor of HUM/RHS, Coordinator KuC Behavioral Health

Phone: (907) 543-4597
Fax: (907) 543-4527
Email: dmmceachern @


Catalog Description

Human Services (A.A.S)


Degree Worksheet

Human Services Associates Degree Worksheet

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