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  • Human Services

    Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.
     

    • Human Services—Associate in Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Human Services Technician — Certificate (30 credits)
    • Human Services Volunteer — Certificate (16 credits)
    • Human Services Technician Worker — Certificate (16 credits)

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, you’ll learn about the challenges and the rewards of working in Human Services. You’ll 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. 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.

Transfer

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Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles

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  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Child, Family & School Social Workers *
  • Mental Health Counselors *
  • Marriage & Family Therapists *

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree

Salary Data

Social & Human Service Assistants
Average Wage: $14.64/hour
Top Earners: $19.89/hour

Child, Family & School Social Workers *
Average Wage: $28.77/hour
Top Earners: $36.99/hour

Mental Health Counselors *
Average Wage: $22.70/hour
Top Earners: $33.35/hour

Marriage & Family Therapists *
Average Wage: $25.70/hour
Top Earners: $38.55/hour

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - www.iseek.org

Learning Outcomes

Human Services - AS 60 Credits

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities and skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society.
  • Demonstrate strategies for evaluating personal skills, styles and values in the group process to use group work with special populations.
  • Demonstrate skills such as case management, record keeping, intake procedures, assessment models, and methods, interviewing skills and techniques specific to case management care plans and development, multicultural sensitivity, and population diversity.
  • Demonstrate helper interventions with a focus on client empowerment and advocacy applied through a skills approach.
  • Identify the impact of disability on clients, their families, and the community.

Human Services Technician - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities and skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society.
  • Demonstrate strategies for evaluating personal skills, styles and values in the group process to use group work with special populations.
  • Demonstrate skills such as case management, record keeping, intake procedures, assessment models, and methods, interviewing skills and techniques specific to case management care plans and development, multicultural sensitivity, and population diversity.
  • Demonstrate helper interventions with a focus on client empowerment and advocacy applied through a skills approach.
  • Identify the impact of disability on clients, their families, and the community.

Human Services Volunteer - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and communities and skills and values needed to effectively live and work in a diverse global society.
  • Demonstrate strategies for evaluating personal skills, styles and values in the group process to use group work with special populations.
  • Demonstrate helper interventions with a focus on client empowerment and advocacy applied through a skills approach.
  • Identify the impact of disability on clients, their families, and the community.

Prerequisites

  1. Grade of C or higher in all Core/Career/Occupational courses.
  2. Grade of C or higher in all specifically designated General Education course requirements.
  3. Prospective students should be aware that a MN Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for the internships.