CFCC to launch Human Services Technology Substance Abuse degree program

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College will launch a Human Services Technology Substance Abuse Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program starting this school year.

“Alone, heroin overdoses in North Carolina have increased 10 times since 2010,” said Dr. Niang, CFCC human services technology program director. “As these addictions rise, so too will the need of qualified substance abuse professionals to help address the needs of addicted individuals and the epidemic within the community at large.”

CFCC says the program will prepare its students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and in pursuing four-year degrees.

Dr. Latonya Niang, the newly appointed program director, holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Community Counseling, a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Licensed Independent Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Niang has been teaching for CFCC Continuing Education in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program since 2016 where she was instrumental in developing the curriculum for that program.

“It is exciting to implement this much-needed program at CFCC,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine. “As we prepare graduates to meet a wide range of client needs in various service-related settings, it is rewarding to know that upon completion of this program our students will be empowered to positively impact our community.”

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