Community Social Services

Community Social Services 

The Anoka Technical College Community Social Services program is designed to prepare students to become direct service providers or designated coordinators in settings where vulnerable or at-risk people are housed or treated. Direct service providers are the caregivers in these settings, and the designated coordinators oversee the daily activities of the setting.

The Anoka Technical College Community Social Services Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program designed to prepare students to become direct service providers or designated coordinators in settings where vulnerable or at-risk people are housed or treated. Direct service providers are the caregivers in these settings, and the designated coordinators oversee the daily activities of the setting.

The program exposes students to the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding the care and treatment of vulnerable people, specifically developmentally and cognitively disabled people. Additionally, the program trains students how to best support developmentally disabled people, as well as to understand the psychological characteristics of and treatments for various developmental and cognitive disabilities.

Additionally, program coursework also helps define the roles of the direct service provider, designated coordinator and social worker as advocates and resource providers, helping vulnerable clients and residents receive care and services.  Coursework in social work, social services, and the broad base of sociology and psychology classes taken as part of this program will prove valuable for those students who which to transfer to a four-year institution to potentially major in human services, psychology, social work or sociology

 

Prerequisites

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification. The college will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
60
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 CSS 1010  Direct Support Professionalism
3
 CSS 1020  Physical Developmental Supports I
3
 CSS 1030  Person Centered Planning
3
 CSS 1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors
3
 CSS 1550  Social Service Projects 
3
 CSS 1560  Social Welfare Services
3
 CSS 1570  Introduction to Social Work
3
 CSS 2020  Physical Developmental Supports II
3
 CSS 2050  Supportive Interventions
4
 CSS 2100  Internship
4
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL   36
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Twenty-four (24) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 BIOL 1106  Introduction to Biology
4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 ENGL 1105  Composition
4
 PSYC 1505
 General Psychology
4
 PSYC 1605
 Abnormal Psychology
4
 SOSC 1010  Introduction to Sociology
3
 SPCH 1500  Intercultural Communications
3
 OR

 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications  3
 TOTAL   24

Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 BIOL 1106   Introduction to Biology  4
 CSS  1010  Direct Service Professionalism  3
 CSS  1040  Facilitating Positive Behaviors  3
 PSYC 1405  Lifespan Development  4
 SPCH 1200 OR
 SPCH 1500
 Interpersonal Communication OR Intercultural Communication  3
 TOTAL   17
 Spring Semester
 CSS  1020  Physical Developmental Supports I 3
 CSS 1030  Person Centered Planning 3
 CSS  1570  Introduction to Social Work 3
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology 2
 SOSC 1010  Introduction to Sociology 3
 TOTAL   14
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 CSS  1550  Social Service Projects 3
 CSS  1560  Social Welfare Services 3
 CSS  2050  Supportive Interventions 4
 ENGL 1105  Composition 4
 HLTH 1000  Disease Conditions 2
 TOTAL   16
 
 Spring Semester
COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication 2
 CSS  2020  Physical Developmental Supports II 3
 CSS  2100  CSS Internship 4
 PSCY 1605   Abnormal Psychology 4
 TOTAL   13
 

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Students graduating from the Community Social Service (CSS) Program AAS degree program are eligible for positions in several areas in the health, human services and education fields with children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens. The graduating student may serve a variety of at-risk populations including people with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty and disadvantaged.

Students who may be interested in social work, sociology, psychology or other health-related areas may want to consider the CSS program as a well-rounded educational base to support further development of generalist skills at a four-year institution.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

 

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Zakia Robbins
Faculty Advisor
763-576-4182

For services during
summer hours contact:
Enrollment Services
763-576-7710