College of Applied Science and Technology

Community Services Technology

About the Program

The Community Services Technology program is designed to train the student as a generalist working in support of a social worker or other professional human services personnel. Your courses will focus on communication skills, person-to-person relationships, human behavior and social functioning, group processes and group leadership, social change goals and strategies, ways of helping people, and identification of resources. In this program you may choose to follow the general track or pursue one of three other options: social services, gerontological services, or addiction services.

Download the Community Services Technology brochure.

Where Learning is Doing

The technical experience required in community and social services courses involves on-the-job training for specific tasks and assignments. You will be placed in various agencies and organizations to learn through supervised participation. This experience emphasizes interviewing skills, group processes, systems, utilization of resources, and intervention methods.

An integral part of all field instruction is a seminar designed to help students integrate theory and practice as they apply the values, concepts and skills gained from the core courses to the actual process of helping people. Field instruction is essentially cooperative training between the University and various agencies.

Student Activities

Classroom training is enhanced through student activities. As a community services major, you may be interested in participation in organizations such as the Social Work League and the Gerontology Association.

Participation in one of The University of Akron's student organizations provides valuable professional experience and an opportunity to interact with other community services students and professionals.

Career Opportunities

With an Associate degree in community services, you will be qualified to assist community service professionals in these positions, as well as others:

  • Casework aide
  • Child welfare worker
  • Residential treatment center aide
  • Gerontological services
  • Community health worker
  • Mental health worker (alcoholism, drug abuse clinics)
  • MR/DD services
  • Public service worker
  • Addiction services technician
  • Registered social work assistant (State of Ohio credentialing)

Curriculum Guides

Associate Degrees


Minor Degrees


This list is current as of January 22, 2010. Contact Academic Advising Services for updates.

Minor degrees will only be awarded at the time a student receives a baccalaureate degree and only if the over-all GPA for the minor courses is at least a 2.0.

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