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Helping others

Learn advocacy skills and how to assist others with this compassionate, human services-based program. 

What You'll Learn

You'll focus on 
  • Directly assisting individuals and their families to work on their independence
  • Enhancing your client's skill development
  • Supporting community members while they navigate social service systems
The program will include courses to focus on strengthening your communication skills and working with special and diverse populations. 

Where You'll Go

Students in this program will complete a 100-hour internship, preparing them to go directly to work as a direct support professional. Your title can include direct support worker/specialist/assistant/counselor, residential counselor, daily living specialist, relief staff,  developmental disabilities specialist, job coach, employment specialist, and more.  You can also continue your education towards a 2-year degree and beyond.   

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating with a certificate.


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Personal Care Aide 56% High

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from Burning Glass. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Transfer Paths

4-year School Bachelor's Degree
Lincoln University
Johnson C. Smith University