Human Services Department

The Human Services Department programs lead both to two-year degrees as well as professional certification and thus have a dual aspect in the curriculum. Students pursuing studies in these areas are required to follow a prescribed curriculum leading to certification and/or the applicable two-year degrees. View the career guides in the various program pages for details.

Consistent with the mission and goal statement of SFCC, the courses of study in the Human Services area of instruction are designed to facilitate professionalism for the job market and thus are tailored toward specific courses which enhance the professional preparation of the students. This aspect sets the Human Services student apart from the more liberal arts oriented requirements of the traditional, purely academic disciplines. Again, this design is deliberate and serves the intended purpose of preparation for the job market and is, therefore, true to the stated mission and goals of the division.

Addiction Studies

The Addiction Studies program is a two-year educational training program for persons who are currently employed in a chemical dependency treatment program, or who are interested in obtaining employment in the chemical dependency field. The training program includes practical fieldwork experience that gives the student an opportunity to apply what has been learned.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide experiences in educational theory in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development for children from birth through age eight. Courses also are available for caregivers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. Now that ongoing research reveals the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential for anyone pursuing a career in the education and care of young children. Courses are offered meeting the subject area requirements for the primary WAC 180-82-328 and supporting WAC 180-82-330 endorsements in early childhood education on a Washington State teaching certificate, subject to approval by the teacher candidate's degree granting college or university.

Education Paraprofessional

The education paraprofessional program provides theory and practice in the skills for working as effective members of instructional teams. The core curriculum focuses on current issues and historical foundations of regular and special education, instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. Supervised practicum opportunities for hands-on experiences in schools are provided throughout this course of study.

Gerontology Paraprofessional

SFCC offers a program designed to provide specific training to individuals who wish to establish a career in meeting the needs of the rapidly expanding older population. The gerontology program examines mental, emotional, physical and social changes, which confront older adults. Gerontology is distinct from geriatrics, a medical specialty that explores health and disease in elders. Some of the current career fields may include program management, administration, recreation services, residential care, business and education fields, and human service programs related to life after sixty. Students who successfully complete this program will be able to comply with state and federal regulations regarding care and treatment of the elderly in residential care and activity settings.

Interpreter Training Program

Interpreter training program/deafness is an innovative program designed to train people to work with the hearing impaired. Graduates of the program will have acquired the necessary skills to work with the hearing impaired in education, community services, as sign language teachers, and in industrial settings. Those who are skilled interpreters, in addition to having a trade or profession, will provide a valuable service to society, making it possible to provide equal access for the hearing impaired to all areas of employment, social services and education.

Library and Information Services

Our program trains students for entry-level or supervisory positions in libraries as library technicians, following the American Library Association's guidelines for library technician training. The Western Council of State Libraries has also approved our program as part of their education provider network.

All Library science classes and electives are now offered online! Students are also required to complete library internships at their local library. Students are not required to attend any on-campus orientations, advising or testing - these services are offered online.

Social Services

The social services program is designed for those who plan to seek employment as a paraprofessional upon completion of the two-year program, or who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor’s degree. Those who have competed the A.A.S. program will have acquired the necessary skills to work in various public and private social service programs.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Bakken, Cathy; Adjunct Instructor - Library Service (509) 533-3148 016-0102
  Bury, Eileen; Instructional Tech (509) 533-3621 016-0144A
ASL&122 Davis, Rachel; Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-4103 016-0129
  Dean, Bonnie; Secretary Senior, Human Services (509) 533-3148 016-0102
  Drake, LeighAnna; Early Childhood Education Instructor (509) 533-3404 016-0133C
  Elsasser, Alicia; Instructional Tech-Early Childhood Education (509) 533-3148 016-0133G
  Fischer, David; Interpreter Training Instructional Tech (509) 533-3596 016-114A
  Goddard, Andrea; Instructor Social Services, Gerontology (509) 533-3148 016-0102
  Hargrave, Sheena; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3148 016-0102D
  Heflick, Ursula; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3626 016-0102C
  Kincaid, Jack; Social Services Instructor (509) 533-3621 016-0144A
  Lamarche, Layna; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3596 016-0129
  Lee, Danny; Instructor, Gerontology (509) 533-3148 016-0102
  Lindsey, Tui; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3148 016-0102D
Aging and Mental Health Gerontology/Social Services Intro to Human Services Aging and Personality Interpersonal Communication Mental Health Perspectives in Human Services McMahon, Polly; Social Services/Gerontology Instructor (509) 533-3797 016-0102B
  Meier, Cathy; Early Childhood Education Instructor (509) 533-3619 016-0115
Interpreting I ASL Interpreting II Voicing Morrow, Corrine; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3730 016-0128
  O'Bleness, Angela; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3618 016-0124
  Oblenness, Tennille; Instructional Tech (509) 533-3095 016-0133A
  Ozaki, Jared; Addiction Studies Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102D
  Paul, Nathan; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3618 016-0129
  Peregoy, Barbara; Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3143 016-0102
ASL&121 Pilant, Melissa; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-4103 016-0129
Survey of Education Ross, Sandy; Education Instructor (509) 533-3551 016-0102F
  Ruddell, Dan; Social Services/Gerontology Instructor (509) 533-3827 016-0102
  Shrosbree, Elizabeth; Instructional Tech-Addiction Studies (509) 533-3148 016-0115
Human Services Steele, KayDee; Addiction Studies Instructor (509) 533-3620 016-0107
  Stern, Tonya; Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102D
  Swan, Paula; Library Tech Instruction and Department Chair (509) 533-3617/3809 016-0102E
Transliteration I ASL II (ASL& 122) Transliteration I Throop, Judith; Instructor Interpreter Training Program (509) 533-3596 016-0126
  Tietge, Stefanie; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3620 016-0102D
  Wagner, Bonnie; Education Instructor (509) 533-4209 016-0117
  Waldman, Ryan; Adjunct Faculty - Early Childhood Education (509) 533-3148 016-0133B
  Westermann, April; Adjunct Faculty-Early Childhood Education Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0133G
  Windhorst, Shana; Addiction Studies Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102D
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