College and Career Readiness - McHenry West High School

Human Services - Coursework and Careers

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This diverse Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways related to families and human needs.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Early Childhood Development and Services
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Family and Community Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Consumer Services
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Child Care Worker
  • Substance Abuse Specialist
  • Employment Specialist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.

 

Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
Electives
Fresh.
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Foods
  • Intro to Business
  • Intro to Childcare
  • Intro to Fashion
Soph.
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Accounting I
  • Youth & Law
  • Philosophy of Leadership
  • Commercial Foods
  • Preschool Lab
Jr.
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate College Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Accounting II
  • Living on Your Own
  • MCC - Fitness Instruction
Sr.
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language
  • MCC - Fire Science / EMT / Criminal Justice
  • MCC - Basic Nurse Asst.

 

Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names
Certificate Career and Technical Education Certificates
Associate's

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.

 

Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.

 

For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's

Human Services

A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Child Development
  • Counseling
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Human Development
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

There are many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to these areas of study. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.