The Community Social Services program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in the social services and other human services professions. The Substance Abuse program is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level paraprofessional positions providing counseling, case management, crisis management, and relapse prevention services to substance abuse clients. Both programs also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, offer further training for persons already employed, or provide students the opportunity to explore vocational choices. The Community Social Services / Substance Abuse program educational and training requirements comply with the California Association on Alcohol and Drug Education (CAADE) guidelines.
The COSER program is vocational, academic, and clinical in nature. COSER trains students in the practice dimensions and core competencies of alcohol and other drug (ATOD) counseling while providing a theoretical foundation in the behavioral sciences and human service professions. COSER provides education and training for career opportunities in paraprofessional human services positions, substance use disorder counseling, case management, crisis management, and relapse prevention services.