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.
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.
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.
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.