Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
About the Program
If you’re interested in a career where you can work directly with people, you might want to consider Human Services. In this hands-on educational program, students learn about the challenges and the rewards of working in Human Services. They have the opportunity to explore the attitudes, thoughts and feelings of working as a human services generalist and gain direct experience with human service consumers and agencies through internships and class experiences as well as:
- Make a difference in someone’s life by advocating for their needs and empowering them to achieve their goals
- Investigate complex social problems and understand their effects on individuals, communities, and society
- Work alongside helping professionals to connect people with community resources and employment opportunities
Courses are open to new students and those seeking further enhancement of their skills in human services. It is possible to transfer your coursework to a four-year college.
See the Human Services Career Tree for career possibilities.
Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS Degree
The Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Social Work bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State College and transfer to a Minnesota State University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.
Minnesota State universities include Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.
Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.
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Cost & Financial Aid
As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.
Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.
Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
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Potential Job Titles
- Social and Human Service Assistants
- Child, Family & School Social Workers *
- Mental Health Counselors *
- Marriage & Family Therapists *
* with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree
Social & Human Service Assistants
Average Wage: $16.84/hour
Top Earners: $24.37/hour
Mental Health Counselors*
Average Wage: $22.70/hour
Top Earners: $32.45/hour
Child, Family & School Social Workers*
Average Wage: $28.77/hour
Top Earners: $36.99/hour
Marriage & Family Therapists*
Average Wage: $21.50/hour
Top Earners: $30.55/hour
*with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to the seven-county metro area - careerwise.minnstate.edu
- Ebony CottonFaculty/Program DirectorHuman Services651-747-4093
- Experience: Casey has worked in the Human Services for 10+ years. He currently works full-time for the Office of Inspector General at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as a supervisor in their investigations unit. Prior to this he worked for many years for private providers providing and directing a variety of human services.Teaching Approach: “I prefer to teach in an environment that is highly collaborative and interactive. While lecturing is an important part of teaching in the human services field, storytelling and student led engagement can invoke thoughtful learning experiences as well. Students can expect to learn from each other as well as me as their instructor throughout the course. This angle can really bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of conversation, where it ought to be.”Education: Masters Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s University; Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State UniversityCasey EricksonFacultyBioHuman Services651-747-4092