San Juan College launched two new certificate programs, Behavioral Health/Mental Health Technician and American Sign Language.

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The Behavioral Health/Mental Health Technician certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills required to begin a career in the growing field of Behavioral Health. This one-year certificate is appropriate for students who want to transfer to a school offering a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral or mental health field.

As part of the capstone course, students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship, where they will learn from professionals in a community setting. With the demand for more behavioral health and mental health professionals, graduates could find employment in behavioral and mental health facilities, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies and schools or universities.

The American Sign Language certificate program will introduce students to American Sign Language (ASL), the Deaf culture and the history of the Deaf community. Students will gain an understanding of the scope and types of support services that are available to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities.

Although this certificate doesn’t qualify students to be a sign language interpreter, there are numerous careers that benefit from the ability to use ASL at a school for the Deaf or a career working with the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing communities.