The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics ranks human services - services addressing social, economic and environmental community needs - among the most rapidly growing occupations.
People in Manitowoc County and surrounding communities now have the opportunity to earn a Human Services Leadership (HSL) bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh right at UW-Manitowoc beginning with the fall 2017 semester.
An informational session will be held 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 in the Commons area at UW-Manitowoc, 705 Viebahn St.
The College of Education and Human Services at UW Oshkosh will offer HSL courses locally via distance education and face-to-face learning with small class sizes and at a lower tuition cost. The HSL degree is both academic and field oriented. Students learn how to work with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, rural hospitals, etc. through unpaid internships.
Field experiences and internships at local agencies allow students to be actively engaged in the community where they live. The local sites benefit by having individuals work in their business or organization, gaining experience in potential local jobs, and being able to hire people they have worked with.
The local community benefits from better-prepared employees linked to their community roots and people trained in grants, boards, accounting, human resources, etc. adding to the community’s economic and educational development.
“In partnership, UW-Manitowoc and UW Oshkosh are hoping to positively impact the economic sustainability of communities by bringing the HSL degree closer to home,” said Jaime Kriewaldt, Northeast Wisconsin HSL outreach coordinator. Kriewaldt will work with community members, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, small rural businesses, hospitals and clinics to set up field and internship opportunities in the Manitowoc area.