Cazenovia College Launches Online Human Services Program

CAZENOVIA — Cazenovia College has expanded its Bachelor of Social Services program to include a fully online option. The new program will be offered in the next school year through the college’s Adult and Continuing Education Center on a part-time basis.

The generalist Human Services program provides students with insight into issues such as alcoholism and drug addiction, mental health services, foster care, social services, disabilities, the elderly and Health care. Students can choose from a combination of courses in the program to address specific areas of interest, college officials explained.

“There is a lot of flexibility and individualization in the program to meet the needs of working professionals, parents raising children and even students from rural areas who may have limited access to educational opportunities,” said Carla DeShaw, Director of Continuing Education at Cazenovia College. “It’s also ideal for transfer students who want to complete their course work entirely online.”

Students can take up to three courses per semester with the option to take courses during the summer and winter to graduate in four years while going part-time, officials said. While earning their bachelor’s degree, students can also accumulate 350 hours of eligibility for their Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) certification.

“The need for practitioners is critical because the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for mental health counselors and workers will increase 25% by 2029,” DeShaw noted. “We hope to meet some of this need through our online program providing an option for students who want to work in social services to earn a bachelor’s degree without sacrificing work, family, and places.”

Cazenovia College’s online human services bachelor’s degree program is just a change in delivery with no change in curriculum, officials said. All courses are fully online with in-person internships giving students the opportunity to experience the real world of work.

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