NIC's human services department and its programs are part of a provincial network that ensures not only high-quality instruction and programming, but also transferability throughout the province. The program has links with Vancouver Island University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria through a Vancouver Island Collaborative Agreement, which fosters collaboration related to post-secondary education and training needs throughout the region. The human services department at NIC also works closely with community agencies to ensure that course content is current, relevant, and valued by employers in the field.
The Human Services diploma has a wide focus which allows you to pursue courses in community support, education assistance, social services or behaviour interventionism. A variety of employment options exist in human service agencies depending on the courses chosen and final practicum focus.
The diploma provides opportunities to enhance the knowledge and skills you developed in your certificate program and can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. The program runs from early September until late June and includes human services (HSW) and social services (SSW) courses.
During the diploma program, you can choose from a variety of university transfer courses, including but not limited to criminology, sociology, psychology, women's studies, First Nations studies and equity and social justice.
The Human Services diploma prepares you for employment in human services agencies that require two years of education and training.
If you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree, the Human Services diploma may provide you with transfer credit toward education, social work or child and youth care programs in the province. If you are planning to continue on to a university degree program, speak with an educational advisor to ensure your elective choices are transferable.