Education and Social Services
Instructor: Nancy Hutchinson - View Nancy Hutchinson's profile
The Education and Social Services program provides students with the basic skills and competencies needed to pursue a career in Education or Social Services, or to take a social service entry level job. Through internships at local elementary schools and day care centers, students develop skills in activity and lesson planning, effective communication, and working as a team member. Students study health and wellness throughout the life cycle, human growth and development, career exploration, and providing clients with a safe environment.
College Credit and Industry Certification
Students completing the program have the opportunity to earn credits from Community College of Vermont, including Intro to Human Services and Human Growth and Development. Students may also enroll in college courses, free of charge, at participating institutions. Certifications include First Aid, CPR and Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as a Certificate of Proficiency from the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council.
After the program
Graduates of the Education and Social Services program have a strong foundation for success in a two or four-year college degree program or immediate employment in a wide sector of the workforce, including teachers, paraprofessionals, child care providers, preschool teachers, social workers, nannies, and elder care. Past students have attended the University of Vermont, Castleton State College and Johnson State College.
Interests and Attitudes
Students applying to the Education and Social Services program should have a strong desire to explore careers in child care, teaching, special education, social work, and care of the elderly and an interest in earning certifications related to a specialty area. A commitment to practice workplace safety, a willingness to exhibit professional work habits and work as part of a team, and solid communication skills are also desired.
Photo of Jessica Gillich courtesy of Graphic Arts student Justin McLarky