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


  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • WIOA Program

  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    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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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Correctional Counseling Certificate

Career Certificate

Courses in the program

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

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

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CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

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Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

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