Located in Kirkland, Washington, just outside of Seattle, Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Social and Human Services (SHSV) program prepares students for a variety of exciting and challenging social service positions. Student in the SHSV program will develop the professional values, skills, and knowledge to assist individuals and groups with personal, interpersonal, and situational problems. The program offers two degrees, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Behavioral Healthcare, and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Social and Human Services. LWTech students also have the option to earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Social and Human Services.
The BAS degree in Behavioral Healthcare prepares students for work in the integrated treatment of mental illnesses, substance use disorders, physical illness, poverty, and homelessness. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce, advance in their current employment, or enroll in a graduate degree program in a related field such as, social work, addiction treatment, or counseling.
“We are people people. Human-oriented. People who want to help others.”
“We want to make a difference in someone’s life. We have a passion to help, to contribute.”
In this occupational area students will be prepared for employment as case managers in rehabilitation, employment services, corrections, educational programs, and community-based organizations serving youth, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
The Social and Human Services program was developed in 2002 by one of the college’s counselors in response to the labor market demand for trained professionals in a wide variety of positions. The curriculum was guided by an Advisory Committee, which identified 132 individual skills needed by entry-level employees in the field. Each of these skills was built into our courses with core classes in interviewing techniques, case management, multicultural appreciation, and oral and written communication. Students have the opportunity to combine theory and practical skills in each of three internships, preparing them for successful employment.
The mission of the Social & Human Services program: to prepare students for sustainable careers as behavioral health and social service professionals.
You will develop the knowledge, skills, and professional values to assist individuals and groups with personal, interpersonal and situational problems.
Other schools offer similar programs, but LWTech SHSV students report a number of advantages to studying here:
Students need an affordable education on the Eastside that is scheduled for working adults. LWTech’s Social and Human behavior program offers classes at a cost about one-third of state universities. And we do so in a smaller setting with personal relationships. The right training, at the right time, in the right place can help you get the jobs you want—to help others.
Some of LWTech's graduates go straight into work in our community after completing their certificate or AAS. They work in senior centers, food banks, schools, shelters, vocational rehabilitation centers, home health agencies and more. Some who are already working earn promotions.
Many of LWTech's alumni go on to get a 4-year degree. Upon completion of the Social and Human Services AAS at LWTech students may transfer to a variety of baccalaureate programs at junior status, including the Bachelor of Applied Science in Behavioral Healthcare and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health at LWTech, as well as Seattle Central College, Highline, Central Washington, the Evergreen State College, University of Phoenix, and City University of Seattle.
Whether you’re interested in working with people, looking for a new career, returning to school, or just beginning your professional life, this program will give you the multiple skills you need for employment in this rewarding field.
The most competitive job applicants will be familiar with the systems of healthcare, treatments for mental illness, recovery from substance use disorders, and support for those in poverty. The study of psychology is useful, but not enough; employers want graduates with real-world skills. The Behavioral Healthcare BAS curriculum is structured around the competencies sought by local service providers:
Check out the Job Opportunities page for additional information about the types of jobs BAS recipients qualify for.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Behavioral Healthcare are admitted on a non-competitive basis. However, the program has application and qualification requirements with an application deadline unique to the program. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program.
The following are requirements that must be met before filling out the admission application for the BAS in Behavioral Healthcare program:
Admission to the program may occur when any 15 credits of those specified above can be documented. This program includes a "bridge" quarter, such that remaining pre-requisites defined above may be taken after program admittance, but prior to admittance to the junior year of the program. The bridge may consist of 0-15 credits.
May 25, 2018
2018 Fall Quarter
The associate degree in Social and Human Services prepares students for entry-level work and for LWTech's applied bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare or Public Health. Students begin working towards their AAS degree or certificate in Social and Human Services by enrolling in SHSV 110 Introduction to Social and Human Services. This class has two prerequisites: successful completion of the course Beginning English ENGL 093 (or an equivalent placement score for ENGL 099 or higher); and successful completion of the course Adult Basic Education Math II ABED 040 (or an equivalent placement score for MATH 087 or higher).
Students who complete Introduction to Social and Human Services are then eligible for entry into the rest of the program.
Entry into this program requires completion of LWTech's admissions application.
All are invited to come learn about LWTech’s newest applied bachelors degree, in Behavioral Healthcare. College faculty and staff will share information about the degree and the jobs it prepares graduates for. We will explain the application process and answer questions. No RSVP required to attend.
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Or call (425) 739-8300 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.
Avg. WA State Salary $29,986/yr
People Employed in WA 10,088
Avg. Wage in King County $16/hr
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