Public & Social Services

Public & Social Services

Public & Social Services

Change Lives, Starting with Your Own

With employment in public and social services fields forecasted to grow faster than many occupations, now is a great time to begin making a career out of making a difference. Through focused classroom studies and real-world experiences, the Public and Social Services Area of Study at Austin Community College equips you with with essential knowledge and skills  and helps you develop your professional network while still in school. Get your certification, complete your associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution. There’s important work to do!


Credit Programs

  • American Sign Language-Interpreter Training

    American Sign Language interpreters are responsible for conveying information, as well as the meaning and intention between signed and spoken English. Training in this program prepares you to take the state certification exam, which will qualify you to work as an interpreter in educational, medical, legal, governmental, and religious venues.

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  • Criminal Justice

    Make a career out of helping, protecting, and serving others. This program prepares you to manage emergencies, teaching skills in communication, crime prevention, report-writing, criminal investigation, and forensic science. Multiple prerequisites are required for enrollment. Students must meet with the department chair prior to registration.

    The Criminal Justice Program has multiple prerequisite requirements, and all students must meet with the department chair prior to registration.

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  • Fire Protection Technology

    ACC’s Emergency Management degree is unique in the region. You’ll examine the intricate functions of various first-responder agencies and learn to design and implement emergency plans and evacuation tools that would be instrumental in the event of a large-scale disaster. Coursework also includes arts and sciences classes.

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  • Human Services

    Change people’s lives for the better with a Human Services degree. You’ll acquire skills needed for entry-level employment in hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, and abuse counseling sites. Internship opportunities will help you build professional networks as you gain valuable real-world experience helping others.

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  • Paralegal

    Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, play important roles in the legal process. They draft documents, perform research, and assist attorneys before and during trials. Courses in this program are taught by local attorneys. Topics include family law, real property, wills and trusts, civil litigation, and legal writing.

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  • Social Work

    Social workers are trained professionals that help individuals and families meet their personal and social needs. This program offers a broad base of classroom instruction and field experiences to prepare you to make a positive impact in people’s lives. Courses cover multiple social perspectives with a focus on the most vulnerable populations.

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Continuing Education Programs

  • Continuing Education
    No continuing education courses available.

Flexible Options

Fire Academy

Intensive one-semester program for basic firefighter certification.

Concordia Connect 3+1

Co-enrollment program allows you to earn a tech degree and bachelor's degree for less money.

Distance Learning

Convenient online classes anywhere an internet connection is available.

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Major: Addictions Counseling