Community Development

Program Description

Embark on a challenging and meaningful career in Community Development with Minneapolis College’s multifaceted and holistic program that intersects community development, community organizing, and indigenous cultures. Become a leader that makes a difference in people’s lives, working to improve urban communities and affecting change through policymaking at local, state and federal levels.


  • Faculty members have community organizing and development experience on the national, state and local levels.
  • The community development curriculum, which was developed through a partnership between Minneapolis College and the Native American Community Development Institute, emphasizes the Native American experience as well as the study of all culture groups.
  • The program takes a holistic approach, showing you how to leverage local organizing and development techniques to make a difference.
  • You’ll get practical skills and develop the critical skills needed for employment in community development through varied classes in business, project management and communication.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

There is a growing need in today’s economy for people who can work collaborative and engage communities. The demand for social and community service managers is expected to be strong. Several factors will drive growth in social service fields: the aging population; increasing concern about crime and juvenile delinquency; and the continuing need for services for those who are mentally ill, have physical disabilities, or need long-term health care.

Potential Job Titles

  • Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Agency Administrator
  • Bank officer for Community Development Programs

Where You Could Work

  • Federal, state, county or local governments
  • Banks and grant programs
  • Private and nonprofit agencies
  • Community development corporations
  • Community organizations
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Neighborhood revitalization programs (NRP)
  • Community Education
  • Environmental impact assessment services
  • Private developers