College of Applied Science and Technology

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

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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Phone: 330-972-7111
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