Community Services Technology

Community Services Technology

Social service assistants work under the direction of professionals in the psychiatric, nursing, psychology, rehabilitative, physical therapy and social work fields to provide a multitude of direct and indirect services to people, families, groups and communities.

  • Core curriculum emphasizes:
    • human relations
    • gerontological services
    • case management and community work
    • social welfare
    • poverty
    • psychology
    • basic helping skills 
  • You will specialize in one of three areas - social services, gerontology or addiction services
  • Option to become licensed in addiction services or registered assistant social worker in Ohio

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Experience

The community services program features on-the-job training in specific assignments with various agencies
and organizations. This experience emphasizes:

  • interviewing skills
  • group processes
  • systems
  • utilization of resources
  • intervention methods

You also are encouraged to gain practical professional experience through UA’s optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school. As an added benefit, you can earn a competitive salary.

Community Services Technology Student Organizations

Interact with other community services technology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Social Work League
  • Gerontology Association

Curriculum Guide

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For More Information:

Department of Public Service Technology

Contact: John Mumper

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in community services technology paves the way to careers as:

  • casework aide
  • child welfare worker
  • residential treatment center aide
  • gerontological services worker
  • community health worker
  • mental health worker (alcoholism, drug abuse clinics)
  • public service worker
  • addiction services technician
  • registered social work assistant (state of Ohio credentialing)
  • MR/DD services

Career Outlook

Job opportunities within the field will continue to be excellent, particularly in:

  • residential care facilities
  • private social service agencies
  • adult day care facilities
  • meal delivery programs
  • job training programs
  • government agencies

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs


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