Students from Clark College’s Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Human Services program are having great success in finding job opportunities before they even graduate.
Nichole Hamberger, who graduated from Clark’s program in 2020, found a job at Lifeline Connections as a care navigator, which helps people who need medication assistance. She was hired right after graduating from the addiction’s counseling department.
“Entering into the bachelor’s program just felt like home,” Hamberger said. “I had already started working in the field by that time and was building connections through the program.”
Hamberger has moved on from Lifeline Connections and currently works as a COVID-19 care program coordinator for Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health, a non-profit organization whose goal is to tackle the community’s health challenges.
“[The bachelor’s program] did a great job incorporating networking in Clark County,” Hamberger said. “The program is about building relationships with health services, treatment providers and organizations. It’s about building those connections so that you know the resources available for clients.”
The bachelor’s program focuses on behavioral health, however, Hamberger said that the program offers many more opportunities. According to Hamberger, the program’s instructors come from the field and they share their real life work with their students.
“If you have lived experience or the heart of a helper, this program is for you,” Hamberger said. “You learn so much and there is no limit to what you can do in human services.”