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CCC Sets the Trend in Human Services Accreditation for Northern New York

Monday, August 03, 2009

 Jennifer Waite, President John E. Jablonski, Cheryl Reagan

            L-R: Jennifer Waite, President John E. Jablonski, Dr. Cheryl Reagan.

Plattsburgh, NY……The Human Services Program at Clinton Community College has achieved National Accreditation, for the period of May 2009 through 2014, by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education; the accrediting body for Human Services Education Programs in the United States.

Associate Professor and Human Services Program Department Chair, Jennifer Waite, LMSW, M.Ed., has been working on the accreditation of the program at Clinton for over three years. She is aware of only two other colleges in New York State with current accreditation, Bronx College and City College of Technology in New York City. The accreditation program promotes high quality educational experiences that assure human service professionals who enter the field are prepared to work with diverse clients in diverse settings with diverse goals and objectives around a common thread of social justice.

"The catalyst to achieving accreditation was the need for graduates of the program to have the ‘credentials’ to be a human services practitioner," said Waite. "Accreditation enables students to take the new National Human Services Board Certified Practitioner test," she added, "and the professional qualification gives employers more confidence that students have met standards of a Human Services Education and increases the status of human services professionals to reflect those high standards."

"The accreditation process and subsequent approval is an important moment for our (Clinton’s) Human Services Department," said Cheryl Reagan, vice president for academic affairs. "Being one of Clinton Community College’s growing areas, the Human Services Department has obtained high level credentials that certify our students to be among the best. The graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills to be highly prepared for their careers and future learning opportunities."

The Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE), created in 1976, is a national board assuring the quality, consistency, and relevance of the Human Service education programs through national standards, and accreditation of human service degree programs, research, and publications.

Clinton is a leader in Human Services Education. The program offered at Clinton assures students they are receiving the best education in Human Services available.

For more information about the Human Services Program at Clinton Community College contact Admissions at 518 562-4170 or Jennifer Waite, Department Chair at 518 562-4192.