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Community Support Emphasis, AAS


MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS60

  1. General Education Requirements 18 credits
    1. Complete the following 9-10 credits

      Instruction in composition of expository essays with emphasis on different techniques for organization and development.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): Appropriate placement on English placement or ENGL 108 completed with a grade of “C” or better.

      Study of speaking with greater ease and listening more effectively in individual and group situations. Improvements in organizing ideas and exchanging thoughts, opinions, information and data. Students practice speaking and listening through group activities and individual speeches.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Oral Communication Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 108 with a grade of “C” or higher or equivalent score on placement test.

      This course covers solving systems of linear equations, inequalities, exponents and radicals, quadratic functions and equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series and the binomial theorem.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Natural Science Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): Minimum “C” Grade in Math 055 or equivalent.

    2. Select one from the following3 credits

      Instruction in writing based on close analysis of literature. Develops a broad range of expository writing skills. Research paper required.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement.
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 completed with a grade of “C” or better.

      The course provides instruction in the basic communicative purposes, forms, styles, and visual elements commonly used by professionals who write and edit technical documents. It provides experience in writing and editing in a collaborative environment and requires a research report. Experience in a business, technical, and/or scientific field is recommended.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 completed with a grade of “C” or better.

      This course provides instruction in writing based on close analysis of reading in various disciplines, primarily the natural or social sciences. It develops a broad range of expository writing skills, including composition of the empirical report. Research paper required.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Written Communication Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 completed with a grade of “C” or better.

      This course applies techniques of written communications to situations that require problem solving and an understanding of human relations. Students compose and evaluate various kinds of communications that commonly pass between business associates, and customers and dealers; includes interoffice memos, letters, and reports.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111.

    3. Select one from the following3 credits

      Exploration of feelings, attitudes and behaviors that affect interpersonal relationships in all areas of life with particular emphasis on the workplace. Class activities are structured to increase self-awareness, build self-esteem, and enhance relationship skills.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Social Science Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Focuses on systematic approach to effective helping and skills in the following categories: skills for understanding, skills for comfort and crisis intervention, and skills for positive action.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

    4. Complete approved electives3 credits
      • ASL 101Elementary Sign Language I
      • ASL 102Elementary Sign Language II
      • ENGL 201Masterpieces of World Literature I
      • ENGL 202Masterpieces of World Literature II
      • FREN 101Elementary French I
      • FREN 102Elementary French II
      • HIST 101Western Civilization I
      • HIST 102Western Civilization II
      • HIST 131History of the United States I
      • HIST 132History of the United States II
      • HIST 341History of Alaska
      • HUM 211Introduction to Humanities I
      • HUM 212 Introduction to Humanities II
      • PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy
      • PHIL 301Ethics
      • RUSS 101Elementary Russian I
      • RUSS 102Elementary Russian II
      • SPAN 101Elementary Spanish I
      • SPAN 102Elementary Spanish II
      • WS 200Introduction to Women’s Studies

       

      For a list of all classes please contact your academic advisor.
      For course descriptions, please see the course catalog.

      • ANTH 200Natives of Alaska
      • ANTH 202Cultural Anthropology
      • BA 151Introduction to Business
      • ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics
      • ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics
      • GEOG 101Introduction to Geography
      • HIST 101Western Civilization I
      • HIST 102Western Civilization II
      • HIST 131History of the United States I
      • HIST 132History of the United States II
      • HIST 341History of Alaska
      • HUMS 106Introduction to Social Welfare
      • MEDA 101Introduction to Mass Communication
      • PS 101Introduction to American Government
      • PS 102Introduction to Political Science
      • PSY 111General Psychology
      • PSY 150Human Development
      • SOC 101Introduction to Sociology
      • SOC 201Social Problems and Solutions
      • WS 200Introduction to Women’s Studies

       

      For a list of all classes please contact your academic advisor.
      For course descriptions, please see the course catalog.

      • ASTR 103Introduction to Astronomy/Lab
      • BIOL 103Introduction to Biology/Lab
      • BIOL 104Natural History of Alaska
      • BIOL 111Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab
      • BIOL 112Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab
      • BIOL 150Introduction to Marine Biology/Lab
      • CHEM 103Introduction to General/Organic Chemistry/Lab
      • PHIL 101Introduction to Logic
      • PHYS 103Physics I
      • GEOL 111Physical Geology/Lab

      • MATH 105Intermediate Algebra
      • MATH 107College Algebra
      • MATH 108Trigonometry
      • MATH 200Calculus I
      • AS 252Elementary Statistics

       

      * Natural Science with a Lab is required.
      ** Math 105 or above is required for AA and AAS degrees; MATH 107 or above is recommended for transfer to a BA/BS program.
      For a list of all classes please contact your academic advisor.
      For course descriptions, please see the course catalog.

  2. Major Education Requirements 24 credits
    1. Complete the following 21 credits

      An overview of Community-Based Services and aspects of providing quality Long-Term Care for individuals experiencing disabilities across the lifespan.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Presents an array of instructional techniques appropriate for inclusive community and school settings. Based on a team approach, this course encourages paraprofessionals and other support staff to take advantage of opportunities for teaching new skills and skill maintenance. Includes an introduction to a variety of individualized plans (service, educational, behavioral and rehabilitation) and the instructional strategies which are used to implement them.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): CIOS 135A.

      Introduction to people experiencing developmental, emotional, behavioral, sensory, physical, and FASD-related disabilities; and services provided in schools and communities.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      This course provides an overview of behavioral techniques for managing problematic behaviors for direct care providers who work with populations requiring specialized interventions.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      This course is an introduction of legal and ethical practices for students who work or intend to work with persons experiencing disabilities.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Arranged placement in a community human services agency. Emphasis on observation of agency structure and functioning, professional relationships, and interagency relationships. Application of beginning helping skills with agency clients. Weekly in-class seminar to facilitate integration of knowledge, skills and values.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 1 + 9
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): Completion of PSY 150, HUMS 109, HUMS 120, PSY 153 or HUMS 223, HUMS 231, HUMS 260 with a “C” or better AND advisor approval
      Note:While the college has internship partnerships in place and will make every effort to place students with a sponsoring organization, internship opportunities are not guaranteed; it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to secure an internship.

      Continuation of 295A, with placement in a human service agency. Emphasized increasing responsibility for direct client services. Problem assessment, case assessment, planning and management, and preparation for entry-level professional responsibilities. Weekly in-class seminar to facilitate integration of knowledge, skills and values.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 1 + 9
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 111, HUMS 205, HUMS 251, and HUMS 295A with a “C” or better AND advisor approval.
      Note:While the college has internship partnerships in place and will make every effort to place students with a sponsoring organization, internship opportunities are not guaranteed; it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to secure an internship.

      Reviews cognitive, physical, and social aspects of human development changes which occur during person’s life. Covering the prenatal period, infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and early middle and late adulthood.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Social Science Requirement
      Prerequisite(s): None.

    2. Select one from the following3 credits

      Introduction to culture and history of Alaska Natives. Includes environmental settings, linguistic subdivisions, traditional socio-cultural organizations and subsistence patterns, contact with non-native groups and contemporary issues.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Social Science Requirement.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Introduction to the methods, theories, and fundamental concepts in the study of cultural systems. Includes social relationships, economic organizations, family structures, political systems, symbols and beliefs. This course will serve as a foundation for more specialized courses in anthropology.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: GER Social Science Requirement.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

  3. Community Support Emphasis 18 credits

    The Community Support Emphasis targets knowledge and skills of service providers who work in community agencies that support people who experience disabilities to live, work, and recreate in the community.

    1. Complete the following 9 credits

      This course provides an overview of mental illness by addressing topics such as the stigma in today’s society, history of deinstitutionalization, and the etiologies, types, and symptoms of mental illness. Students will be introduced to basic treatment approaches and discuss the role of family, friends, and community in recovery and wellness.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Attitudes, strategies, and issues in supporting children and adults with disabilities as they live and learn in community settings. Design and implementation of Individual Service Plans, person-centered planning, crisis intervention, and quality of life issues are addressed.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      This course examines the support systems and strategies to create employment opportunities for adults with developmental, psychiatric and other disabilities. Emphasis is placed on skills and methods that have practical application in providing employment-related services.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      This course focuses on the processes and effectiveness of Positive Behavior Supports as an intervention for people with challenging behaviors.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A
      Prerequisite(s): None.

    2. Select from the following5 credits

      Overview of human services. Includes traditional and contemporary helping approaches, plus characteristics, values, and professional roles of human service workers. Covers human services consumers, their problems and functioning, helping systems and strategies, environmental change processes, and legal and ethical issues.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      A broad overview of geriatrics, including the aging process and the needs and interventions of aging individuals. This course is appropriate for students who are currently or intend to work with elderly individuals in various long-term care settings.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      This course provides a skill base for support in activities in Daily Living (ADLs) and Social Skill development for individuals experiencing disabilities across the life-span.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is introduced through discussions of disability, behaviors, and role of family. Functional assessments and behavior plans used to design behavior supports within the family unit.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Survey of the historical and legal background, current instructional practice, the role of the paraprofessional, and issues in special education. Topics include the exceptional learner, content of the Individualized Education Plan, the paraprofessional as educational team member, and special education legislation and regulations.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Description

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Students will explore the process of recovery as it applies to people who experience psychiatric disabilities. They will discuss how practitioners can help facilitate recovery through common practices of psychiatric rehabilitation, and mental illness and the process of recovery from the personal perspectives of those with the illness.

      Credits: 2.0
      Contact Hours: 2 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): HUMS 135 or Instructor’s Permission.

      This course is designed to provide a broad overview of Traumatic Brian Injury for students who are currently or plan to work with people with cognitive disabilities in a variety of settings. This course may be used as part of the Direct Support Specialist Occupational Endorsement (DSSOE).

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Variety of topics related to human services. Subtitle varies according to the specific content taught. May be repeated for credit with a different subtitle.

      Credits: 0.5 – 3.0
      Contact Hours: (0.5 – 3) + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Description

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

      Introduction to the basic components of communication, speech and language development, disorders, and remedial techniques. Overview of the role of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in schools and private practice.

      Credits: 3.0
      Contact Hours: 3 + 0
      Course Attributes: N/A.
      Prerequisite(s): None.

    3. Complete the following 4 credits

      For a list of all classes please contact your academic advisor.
      For course descriptions, please see the course catalog.