The Social Work and Human Services program at Berkeley City College helps launch case workers, navigators, behavioral specialists, community health workers, case coordinators, and population health specialist into satisfying careers that pay a Bay Area living wage. Many names for one calling: community healing. If your interest and passion is in transforming communities impacted by health disparity, intergenerational trauma, systemic exclusion, or violence, you are in the right place.  Our students are deeply committed to learning the skills necessary to lift up their communities of origin. Our graduates take positions in local government programs, non-profits serving at-risk populations, educational settings, residential settings, and in advocacy organizations.

Our offerings are Career Education focused, and also stack towards various degrees.  Our students earn while they learn, and most are employed while they pursue their academic development. Take a few classes to enhance your skill set (and earn a pay bump!), take a few more to earn a certificate, or build a plan for an Associates Degree with our dedicated counseling staff.  Complete courses in the evenings or online while you continue working.  Imagine yourself transferring to a 4-year school. Dream that big dream of a Master’s in Social Work or Public Health. 

We can help you get there.

Free Non-credit programs

We have two 100% FREE non-credit programs. The Community Health Worker Certificate can prepare you for your academic experience and entry into Human Services work or help you earn a pay raise/promotion if you are already employed in the field.  And the Social and Human Service Work Readiness Certificate prepares you for internships, work-based learning here at BCC, and can help fill in skills-gaps if you are working in the field with a degree from another discipline. 

PAID Community Health Worker Apprenticeship

Earn while you learn, and get paid on Day 1. Our Community Health Worker Apprenticeship gets you into the workforce ASAP and weaves together relevant classroom experience, professional mentorship, and OJT.  Learn more.

Credit-Bearing Programs

For those of you who are ready to start earning industry-recognized college credit, learn more about our 18-hour Human Services & Social Peer Support Specialist Certificate, or the AA-T in Social Work and Human Service. Start your application and/or enroll here.  There is help paying for tuition; check out our financial aid resources.


Chat with a Real Human about our Program: HUSVCertificate@Peralta.edu