Career Pathways for Addictions Studies

ADDICTIONS STUDIES PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Addictions Studies program trains individuals in the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for employment in the drug- and alcohol-treatment field as entry-level counselors working under supervision in treatment centers. It is designed to prepare the student to take the Oregon Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I exam upon completion of the coursework and 1,000 hours of supervised practicum. The program also provides coursework in the addictions field to other human service and criminal justice workers who help addicted persons and their families.

WHAT IS A CAREER PATHWAY?
A career pathway is a series of connected educational programs, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, and support services, that enables students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to local economies. They are designed to create educational "stepping stones" for advancement of workers and jobs seekers, particularly those stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers for employers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investment in education and training pays off in enhanced economic development. - From Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois at Chicago

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Regional Employment Projections from OLMIS (Oregon Labor Market Information System)indicate that jobs in related fields such as Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counseling are expected to grow somewhat faster than the regional average.

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CERTIFICATE BRIEFS
COCC offers three addictions studies options:
- Certificate of Completion
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer


Addictions Studies Pathway
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