Human Services

Help people conquer personal challenges

Step up and be the person who helps people get to the root of their issues. Help clients recover and improve their lives. Select from a variety of degrees and certificates in Human Services offered by College of Lake County. Get ready to work toward a rewarding career making a tangible difference in the lives of people and their families.

Why study Human Services with us?

You complete written work, reading, reflection, counseling role plays and hypothetical scenarios in the classroom. We also provide you with extensive hands-on experience through practicum work in an agency setting.

Jumpstart your career in Human Services

Your completion of the Accelerated Addictions Counseling and Treatment Certificate gives you an essential set of skills. This 26-credit program offers a prime path to becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Openings for Substance Abuse Counselor and Clinical Director positions are on the rise! Choose from many potential employers local to CLC, including:

  • Lake County Health Department
  • Nicasa
  • Gateway Foundation
  • Northern Illinois Recovery Addiction Treatment Center
  • Arbor Counseling Center
  • Monarch
  • Recovery Centers of America
  • Catholic Charities

CLC alumnus Andrea Anderson talks about her academic journey and her career as a licensed mental health therapist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (C.A.D.C.):


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    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
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    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.

Career Degrees & Certificates

For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

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*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Courses in the program

Customize your program to your professional interests. Take a look at the range of available elective courses.

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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    Andrea Anderson


    This particular program at CLC for the C.A.D.C. is more advanced than my master's degree program was. It is the one that teaches you the most.”

    Andrea studied Addiction Counseling and Treatment in the Human Services program at CLC. She is a licensed mental health therapist with a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling (C.A.D.C.) designation.

    Watch Andrea's story

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