Human Services

Students study human development and investigate the physical, intellectual and socio-emotional development issues of infants, children, adolescents, people with disabilities and the elderly in preparation for a career as a service provider to these populations. The continuing development of interpersonal skills focuses on the importance of communication as a necessary skill for successful employment in the field. Students spend extensive time in the Stafford Children’s Center and at various community facilities.

What We Do

Through practical experience in the preschool lab, work experience in the community, and classroom instruction, students develop an awareness and knowledge of human development.

Program Instructor

Susan Densmore

Susan Densmore was born and raised in the Rutland, Vermont area. She currently resides in West Rutland with her husband Dick and has two adult daughters, Melissa and Nicole. Prior to becoming the Human Services instructor in 2006 she worked with the program for twenty years as the Stafford Technical Center Preschool teacher and as an assistant to the Human Services instructor. Mrs. Densmore also spent several years as the summer camp director for the town of West Rutland. Mrs. Densmore holds a B. S. in Education from the College of Saint Joseph and is a State of Vermont Level II licensed teacher with endorsements in Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences and Early Childhood.
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Margaret Ames

Maggie Ames, a native Vermonter has been at Stafford Technical Center since the fall of 2006. She has been teaching in Vermont since 1982 when she worked for Rutland Mental Health as an educator coordinator, teacher, and assistant director. Later she established a licensed preschool program in the city of Rutland known as Strawberry Blossom’s Children Center. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Education at the College of St. Joseph. Maggie and her husband have been married since 1978 and have three children, the youngest is studying at Endicott College. Maggie enjoys time with her family and friends, sewing,

running, and spending time at her camp in Corinth, Vermont.
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 Tammy Foley, Class of 1986

It is not just for “those students”. The hands on, skill specific programs offer in depth learning to prepare you, not only for the workforce, but also college. Although college credits were not offered when I was a student at Stafford, all of the other instruction and preparation gave me a better perspective of where I was headed in the future.

Program Advisory Committee

Margaret AmesSTC Preschool
Elaine BealFamily & Consumer Sciences- RHS
Sue GrenierLittle Lambs ELC
Liz KingHome Child Care Provider
Beth MckeeVAC Child Care
Nancy McGillRSSU PreK Funds
Stephanie SuleThe Pines
Laura RubenisCCV
Sarah CrossmonRCPS PreK Coordinator

Dual Enrollment/College Credits

Dual enrollment with CCV


VT Child Care Industry & Careers Council Certifications, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED including Infants and Children Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.


Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Care of the Elderly$37,649
Disabled Caretaker$31,644
PReschool Teacher$27,280

*Average salaries for Vermont taken from Zip recruiter ( in October 2020.


Requirements For This Program

Special Requirement of all students: due to the professional requirements in this field, all applicants must be able to satisfy the criminal records check required by the state Child Care Services Division
Recommended Prerequisites: basic math and number sense; ability to read and follow a recipe; strong interpersonal skills; effective communication skills; at least 16 years old
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 9.2
Scales for standards assessed in this program