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New Associate Degree in Human Services Offered at Norwich Campus of Morrisville State College

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Ever since she can remember, Crystal Robinson has been motivated by helping others.

It started with family members and extended to friends and neighbors. Now she’s reaching out even farther.

Robinson, of Morris, N.Y., is taking classes to earn a human services degree—a new associate degree which is being offered at the Norwich Campus of Morrisville State College.

The degree, recently approved by the State Department of Education, is the newest in Morrisville State College’s comprehensive fleet of bachelor and associate degree programs.

Robinson, who already has a degree in liberal arts under her belt, decided to return to the Norwich Campus to earn a second degree to gain additional skills for her career goal to help troubled teens.

Some of the classes she has taken in the new human services degree program have already helped with her full-time, summer position as a residential aide at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, N.Y., a residential community dedicated to children and adults who have Down Syndrome.

“This is a new experience for me—working with a different population,” she said. “I have gained greater skills working with people and I have learned how to communicate more effectively.”

Like many entering the human services field, Robinson is motivated by the chance to affect change in her community and to empower individuals.

“I enjoy helping others and being able to change their lives,” she said. “Knowing you have made a difference in someone else’s life is very rewarding.”

The new human services degree will prepare students for work as human services professionals providing them with opportunities to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and in a variety of human service organizations.
Students will develop effective interpersonal skills to assist in conflict resolution, establishing rapport, and problem-solving as well as develop an understanding of the administrative duties associated with non-profit work. Students will also learn theoretical components of interventions and recognize intervention techniques such as case management, interviewing, counseling, consultation, referrals, group dynamics, and facilitation. Course work also includes field experiences to enhance student learning.

The Norwich Campus is currently accepting applications in this degree program for the fall 2007 semester which begins Aug. 27.

For more information about the new human services degree or to apply, call the Norwich Campus at 607-334-5144.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood and human services to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.

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