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The Division of Allied Health and Public Services offers a variety majors in the fields of criminal justice, human services, early childhood education and health care. Many of the graduates from these programs are ready to join the workforce after they earn their diploma. However, there are also opportunities for these graduates to transfer on and earn their bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university.

Northwest State Community College, along with other technical and community colleges across the nation educate the majority of the nation’s first-responders. According to the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, nearly 60% of all new registered nurses and close to 85% of law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs are educated by community colleges.

What is a Human Service Worker?

Human service worker or generalist are practitioners who work with:

  • People of all ages, all cultural ethnic backgrounds, all socioeconomic levels.
  • People who are chemically dependent and their families.
  • Persons with mental and physical disabilities.
  • People in the criminal justice area.
  • Persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
  • People who are homeless or need assistance.
  • Persons who are in need of advocacies and referrals.
  • Persons involved in program creation and community development and implementation.
A human service worker can do:

  • Intakes
  • Assessment
  • Referral
  • Screening
  • Crisis intervention/resolution
  • Community support
  • Case management
  • Outreach
  • Record keeping
  • Interviewing
  • Social histories
  • Visual observation of person in environment
  • Assist in group facilitation
  • Advocacy
  • Orientations
  • Education/services
  • Treatment planning
  • Activity program planning
  • Discharge planning
  • Habilitation programming
  • Job coaching

Contact the Office of Allied Health & Public Services

Brianna Bartley
Division Secretary
419.267.1345
bbartley@NorthwestState.edu
Lori Robison
Dean of Allied Health & Public Services
419.267.1342
lrobison@NorthwestState.edu