Education & Social Services

Education & Social Services


educationEducation and Social Services

Instructor: Nancy Hutchinson

nhutchinson@orangesouthwest.org

802-728-9595  ext 421

The Education and Social Services program provides students with the basic skills and competencies needed to pursue careers in education and social services, or to take an entry-level job in social services. Through internships at local elementary schools, day care centers, and elder care facilities, students develop skills in effective communication, working as a team member, and taking directions from supervisors. Students study health and wellness throughout the life cycle, human growth and development, career exploration, and providing clients with a safe environment.

College Credit and Industry Certifications: Students completing the two year program have the opportunity to earn 12 credits that will be accepted at Vermont State Colleges and Universities.  Certifications include First Aid, CPR, and Shaken Baby Syndrome, plus an opportunity to earn Certificates of Proficiency from the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council. The hours spent on the proficiencies can be applied towards the VCCICC apprenticeship program.

After the Program: Graduates of the Education and Social Services program have a strong foundation for success in a two- or four-year college degree program or immediate employment in a wide sector of the workforce, including work as teachers, paraprofessionals, child care providers, preschool teachers, social workers, nannies, and elder care providers. Past students have attended The University of Vermont, Castleton University, and Johnson State College.

Interests and Attitudes: Students applying to the program should have a strong desire to explore careers in child care, teaching, special education, social work, and care of the elderly.  They should also possess a commitment to exhibit professional behavior in and out of the classroom and demonstrate respect for everyone. Solid communication skills are also important.