AUBURN – Central Maine Community College has announced that it will offer an associate in applied science degree in human services, with an option for earning mental health rehabilitation technician/community certification.

In addition, graduates will be able to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with Counseling Track at the University of Southern Maine/Lewiston-Auburn.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity to qualify for the MHRT/C certification. Many area employers have told us that they are looking for people with that credential to work in our community,” said Patricia Vampatella, dean of academic affairs. “We are also excited about the possibility for our students to enter directly into L/A College’s social and behavioral science program after they graduate with us.”

Human services graduates can be employed in such jobs as activity therapist associate, addictions counselor, crisis counselor, human development associate, mental health associate, rehabilitation worker, family worker, activity director/associate or volunteer coordinator. Typically they would work in community mental health centers, programs for the elderly, hospitals or social service or mental health programs.

To enroll in the program, students must have completed high school Algebra I and II and have a personal interview with the program coordinator.

Courses that may be applied toward the degree will be offered in the summer session that begins on July 12. They include College Writing, Critical Thinking and Speech.

For more information, contact the Central Maine Community College admissions office at 207/755-5273 or 800/891-2002, ext. 273.

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