Human Services Department

The Human Services Department programs lead both to two-year degrees as well as professional certification and thus have a dual aspect in the curriculum. Students pursuing studies in these areas are required to follow a prescribed curriculum leading to certification and/or the applicable two-year degrees. View the career guides in the various program pages for details.

Consistent with the mission and goal statement of SFCC, the courses of study in the Human Services area of instruction are designed to facilitate professionalism for the job market and thus are tailored toward specific courses which enhance the professional preparation of the students. This aspect sets the Human Services student apart from the more liberal arts oriented requirements of the traditional, purely academic disciplines. Again, this design is deliberate and serves the intended purpose of preparation for the job market and is, therefore, true to the stated mission and goals of the division.

Addiction Studies

The Addiction Studies program is a two-year educational training program for persons who are currently employed in a chemical dependency treatment program, or who are interested in obtaining employment in the chemical dependency field. The training program includes practical fieldwork experience that gives the student an opportunity to apply what has been learned.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide experiences in educational theory in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, physical/motor and creative development for children from birth through age eight. Courses also are available for caregivers of school-age children, ages 5 through 14. Now that ongoing research reveals the significance of early development, professional preparation has become essential for anyone pursuing a career in the education and care of young children. Courses are offered meeting the subject area requirements for the primary WAC 180-82-328 and supporting WAC 180-82-330 endorsements in early childhood education on a Washington State teaching certificate, subject to approval by the teacher candidate's degree granting college or university.

Education Paraprofessional

The education paraprofessional program provides theory and practice in the skills for working as effective members of instructional teams. The core curriculum focuses on current issues and historical foundations of regular and special education, instructional strategies, behavior management, human development and interpersonal skills in the context of a diverse society. Supervised practicum opportunities for hands-on experiences in schools are provided throughout this course of study.

Gerontology Paraprofessional

SFCC offers a program designed to provide specific training to individuals who wish to establish a career in meeting the needs of the rapidly expanding older population. The gerontology program examines mental, emotional, physical and social changes, which confront older adults. Gerontology is distinct from geriatrics, a medical specialty that explores health and disease in elders. Some of the current career fields may include program management, administration, recreation services, residential care, business and education fields, and human service programs related to life after sixty. Students who successfully complete this program will be able to comply with state and federal regulations regarding care and treatment of the elderly in residential care and activity settings.

Interpreter Training Program

Interpreter training program/deafness is an innovative program designed to train people to work with the hearing impaired. Graduates of the program will have acquired the necessary skills to work with the hearing impaired in education, community services, as sign language teachers, and in industrial settings. Those who are skilled interpreters, in addition to having a trade or profession, will provide a valuable service to society, making it possible to provide equal access for the hearing impaired to all areas of employment, social services and education.

Library and Information Services

Our program trains students for entry-level or supervisory positions in libraries as library technicians, following the American Library Association's guidelines for library technician training. The Western Council of State Libraries has also approved our program as part of their education provider network.

All Library science classes and electives are now offered online! Students are also required to complete library internships at their local library. Students are not required to attend any on-campus orientations, advising or testing - these services are offered online.

Social Services

The social services program is designed for those who plan to seek employment as a paraprofessional upon completion of the two-year program, or who wish to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor’s degree. Those who have competed the A.A.S. program will have acquired the necessary skills to work in various public and private social service programs.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Bakken, Cathy; Adjunct Instructor - Library Service (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Cathy.Bakken@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Bury, Eileen; Instructional Tech (509) 533-3621 016-0144A Eileen.Bury@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Chadderdon, Teah; Faculty - Adjunct (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Teah.Chadderdon@sfcc.spokane.edu
ASL&122 Davis, Rachel; Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-4103 016-0129 Rachel.Davis@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Dean, Bonnie; Secretary Senior, Human Services (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Bonnie.Dean@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Drake, LeighAnna; Early Childhood Education Instructor (509) 533-3404 016-0133C LeighAnna.Drake@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Dvoracek, Carla; Social Services Instructor (509) 533-3797 016-0102B Carla.Dvoracek@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Ekenberg, Jeanne; Addiction Studies Adjunct Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Jeanne.Ekenberg@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Fischer, David; Interpreter Training Instructional Tech (509) 533-3596 016-114A David.Fischer@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Hargrave, Sheena; Faculty Adjunct (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Sheena.Hargrave@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Heflick, Ursula; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3626 016-0102C Ursula.Heflick@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Henry, Reagan; Early Childhood Education Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-3095 016-0133B Reagan.Henry@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Jackson, Christopher; Social Services Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Christopher.Jackson@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Kincaid, Jack; Social Services Instructor (509) 533-3621 016-0144A Jack.Kincaid@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Lamarche, Layna; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3596 016-0129 Layna.Lamarche@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Lee, Danny; Instructor, Gerontology (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Danny.Lee@sfcc.spokane.edu
Aging and Mental Health Gerontology/Social Services Intro to Human Services Aging and Personality Interpersonal Communication Mental Health Perspectives in Human Services McMahon, Polly; Social Services/Gerontology Instructor (509) 533-3797 016-0102B Polly.McMahon@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Meier, Cathy; Early Childhood Education Instructor (509) 533-3619 016-0122 Cathy.Meier@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Mendez, Tamea; Lab Tech/TA (509) 868-6711 016-0128 Tamea.Mendez@sfcc.spokane.edu
Interpreting I ASL Interpreting II Voicing Morrow, Corrine; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3730 016-0128 Corrine.Morrow@sfcc.spokane.edu
EDUC& 202 EDUC 204 Noel, Judy; Social Services Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Judy.Noel@sfcc.spokane.edu
  OBleness, Angela; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3618 016-0124 Angela.OBleness@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Ortiz, Debra; Addiction Studies Grant Manager (509) 533-3620 016-0102D Debra.Ortiz@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Ozaki, Jared; Addiction Studies Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102D Jared.Ozaki@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Paul, Nathan; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3618 016-0129 Nathan.Paul@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Peregoy, Barbara; Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-3143 016-0102 Barbara.Peregoy@sfcc.spokane.edu
ASL&121 Pilant, Melissa; ASL/Interpreter Training Instructor (509) 533-4103 016-0129 Melissa.Pilant@sfcc.spokane.edu
Survey of Education Ross, Sandy; Education Instructor (509) 533-3551 016-0102F Sandy.Ross@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Ruddell, Dan; Social Services/Gerontology Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102 Dan.Ruddell@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Salina, Marianne; AS Grant Navigator (509) 533-3797 016-102B Marianne.Salina@sfcc.spokane.edu
Human Services Steele, KayDee; Addiction Studies Instructor (509) 533-3163 016-0107A KayDee.Steele@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Stern, Tonya; Instructor (509) 533-3148 016-0102D Tonya.Stern@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Swan, Paula; Library Tech Instruction and Department Chair (509) 533-3617 016-0102E Paula.Swan@sfcc.spokane.edu
Transliteration I ASL II (ASL& 122) Transliteration I Throop, Judith; Instructor Interpreter Training Program (509) 533-3596 016-0126 Judith.Throop@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Tietge, Stefanie; Instructor Addiction Studies (509) 533-3620 016-0102D Stefanie.Tietge@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Wagner, Bonnie; Education Instructor (509) 533-4209 016-0120 Bonnie.Wagner@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Westermann, April; Early Childhood Education Adjunct Faculty (509) 533-3095 016-0133B April.Westermann@sfcc.spokane.edu
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