COTC Human Services Program Receives Accreditation
March 1, 2016 - 10:10 AM NEWARK – Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Human Services Program has been accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service
Education (CSHSE). The national accreditation period runs from
February, 2016 through February, 2021.
is the only national organization accrediting human service education
programs. The council is committed to assuring the quality, consistency
and relevance of human service education through research-based
standards and a peer-review, accreditation process. Students graduating
from CSHSE accredited programs are eligible to apply for the Center for
Credentialing and Education (CCE) Human Services-Board Certified
Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential. The credential is designed for human
services practitioners seeking to advance their careers by acquiring
independent verification of their practical knowledge and educational
"This is wonderful news for our students," said Human
Services Program Director Tressa Arnold. "The CSHSE Board voted to
accredit COTC's program with no provisions, and we are extremely
In the accreditation letter to Arnold, CSHSE cited many strengths of the COTC Human Services Program including:
The entire Human Services Program is offered at all four COTC campuses
Current students and COTC alumni noted that students receive a bachelor/master's-level education
Students enter their field experience well-prepared for case management tasks
Field placement sites offer students a comprehensive experience
was the first time that a COTC program applied for national
accreditation and received it with no provisions," said COTC President
Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. "I am thrilled for our faculty, staff and students.
This is a wonderful accomplishment."
Students who graduate from
COTC's Human Services Program pursue careers as social worker
assistants, chemical dependency counselor assistants, case managers,
intake coordinators and group leaders. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, employment of social and human service assistants is
expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the
average for all occupations.
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