WITC graduates inaugural HSA class
The inaugural Human Services Associates (HSA) class graduated
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's New Richmond campus on May 17 with their
associate degrees. The program, which started fall 2011, continues its
popularity as the need for people in the human services industry increases.
These students spent their second year getting hands-on experience
by interning at human service agencies, with some students learning at more than
one location. Students found their own internships and some even received job
offers from their field placement locations.
The internships or field placement positions are non-paid and are
in addition to the HSA coursework. Joel Gibson, instructor and licensed social
worker, meets with the students and site supervisors several times during their
field placements. The agency completes an evaluation on the student, as does
Gibson, at the mid-term and end of the two qualifying semesters.
Some students already work in the human services field and others
plan to continue their education upon graduation. HSA graduates may hold
positions such as case worker, community support worker, intake worker and
others. Working in the field, they serve in supportive functions assisting in
assessment, treatment, interviewing and case development situations.
“I’m incredibly proud of this first group of students,” Gibson
says. “They are all so competent and are great ambassadors for WITC. I’m very
grateful and want to recognize the many agencies who partner with WITC to take
part in these students’ education. The people at these agencies work with our
students and enrich the education process to help prepare them for their future