Graduate Spotlight - Human Services

Single mom finds flexibility & quality

HUS-Michelle IrbyMichelle Irby has always been passionate about helping others and making a difference. As a single, working mom, she says, “The Human Services program was perfect for my busy schedule. I needed a program that offered flexibility. The online and evening classes were an integral part of my success.

“I feel the quality of teaching I received from the Greenville Tech professors was second to none. I still keep in touch and collaborate with Dr. Bonnie Smith. She has been a real mentor to me,” she says.

To fulfill the requirement for the Human Services degree field placement, Michelle worked as an administrative assistant at Greenville Literacy Association. “There was a job that became available right when I was ending my field placement. The Executive Director interviewed several candidates, but I was chosen because of my job performance during the field placement.”

Michelle has continued with her education and will soon complete her bachelor’s degree. She says when she completes her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue other opportunities with Greenville Literacy.

“I have always felt that the skills, training, and education I received from Greenville Tech prepared me for all aspects of my job. I deal with students and the public on a daily basis; being able to effectively communicate with others has allowed me to establish and foster meaningful relationships.”

Finding way to help after loss

HUS-Josh KiserAfter his father passed away, Josh Kiser wanted to help people. He wasn’t sure if that would be grief counseling or some other form of support, but he knew he wanted to help individuals somehow.

Josh chose the Greenville Technical College Human Services program to get him there. The HUS program helped him develop coping skills and effective communications, and even helped him understand himself a little better.

After graduating from the program, Josh felt prepared to talk to clients and be able to ask probing questions.

In his position at BB&T in Loss Mitigation, Josh helps individuals who have fallen behind with their mortgage due to some kind of hardship. “Listening skills and effective communication that I developed in HUS really help me with this job,” he says.

Josh credits the HUS department faculty and staff for always being willing to help. “When you walk into their offices, you don’t feel like you’re at school,” he says. “You feel at home!”

Desire to help leads to new non-profit

HUS-Stephanie JohnsonStephanie Johnson had the desire to enter a profession which allowed her to help others, and thought she would become a psychiatric nurse, but, “I realized through Human Services I would be able to do more of the counseling and case management helping, rather than medical care.”

Looking back, what does she think about Greenville Technical College’s program? “Greenville Tech has exceptional professors and a curriculum that is focused on the student becoming the best he or she can be. It also helps you determine what route to go, whether that is working with youth, geriatric, homeless, etc.”

Stephanie has continued her education and will soon complete a BA in Psychology with a duel specialization in crisis counseling and addiction. She saw a need for focusing on sex trafficking and prostitution, so she started a non-profit, Switch42:16, that focuses on intervention and case management, with the hopes to open an emergency shelter.

Student receives President's Award

CallumHarold F. Callum received a President’s Award in addition to his associate degree in Human Services at GTC Graduation 2013. Callum has displayed leadership and character as a Greenville Technical College student through service to many clubs and organizations. He is the former vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and former vice president of the African American Male Leadership Institute. A National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) presenter, Callum is a student in the Greenville Technical College Honors Program and a member of the college’s Human Services Organization. He has been named a TRIO Students Support Services Harkness Scholar and a John I. Smith Charities Scholarship recipient. He was also honored with a Greenville Technical College Unsung Hero Award.