The School of Human Services was acquired by Springfield College in Central Massachusetts in 1991. Prior to that the campuses were part of and located at New Hampshire College in Hookset and Manchester, New. Hampshire.
When I began my studies at The School of Human Services, I had already been working for The Federal Action Office VISTA Program located in Boston, Massachusetts for 3 years.
At at this point, I had already been active in the research and development of community based human service programs for several years. After speaking with a work colleague I decided to take the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the human service field and to legitimize my hands-on knowledge with a Bachelors degree in the field of Human Services Administration. I knew at this point in life I wanted to be sure I had the right tools and know-how. In addition, I had better have proof of some marketable credentials. I was legitimately surprised at how much I learned while working on my Bachelors Degree. The education was, as they say, "outside the box" in terms of critical thinking skills. I learned more about how to learn than at any other time in my life. The course was material was unusually insightful, not reliant an old and stagnant mind numbing textbook. We studied everything from Urban Development to Hospice Care to The AIDS epidemic and beyond. Every class I took I was interested to see what I'd be learning. I was working full-time and had a young daughter and at the end of the day I actually looked forward to my studies. I found out at some point that the teaching methods for this school were based on the Philosophy of Brazilian Educator Paulo Freire. His methods touched on so many aspects of how to impart knowledge. His focus was to ensure that ones eagerness to learn and their ability to question what they've learned might stay with the student for a lifetime. He has written numerous books on the subject of Education. His work is well worth the read.