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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Youth Development CCC

Youth Development  (6387)

Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
This college credit certificate program is designed to be the first educational step to a professional career in Human Services with emphasis in Youth Services or other positions that are a part of the social services delivery.

This program will focus on broad introductory principles of human services specific to best practices and techniques in youth development. Course work will prepare students to function as youth workers using a youth development approach in community-based, residential, group home and other youth environments. The program examines established quality standards and best practices and their practical application in Youth programming.

Admission Requirements


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
Approximate program length: 18 months.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Suzie Duff,, (561) 868-3461.

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Required Courses Credits: 18
HUS1001 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS1640 Principles of Youth Work 3
HUS1620 Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs 3
DEP2004 Human Growth and Development 3
PSY2012 General Psychology * 3
SYG2010 American Social Problems * 3
Total Program Credits: 18
*Students will need to provide adequate English and Reading placement test scores or complete ENC1101 before enrolling in this course.

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Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment in social service agencies, government and community agencies, group homes, afterschool programs and educational settings. Some job titles include: Outreach Worker, Recreation Worker, Youth Program Assistant, Family Support Worker, Job Coach, Residential Worker, and Team/Group Facilitator.

Gainful Employment
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit

Career Path Notes
Credits earned in this certificate program will transfer into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Human Services.

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