With a Human Services Diploma or A.S. degree, you can help and advocate for those with social, emotional, physical or developmental challenges. The program integrates theory and skills practice and emphasizes peer interaction and group learning projects. Throughout the program, you will gain the skills you need to make a difference people’s lives.
- You’ll learn by doing in the Human Services program, gaining the confidence and skills you need to succeed in today’s job market.
- You’ll build a solid career foundation with community service and extensive fieldwork assignments.
- Performance-based evaluations provide valuable feedback for your personal and professional development.
- As part of Minneapolis College’s diverse student body, you’ll gain the cross-cultural perspective that today’s human services employers are looking for.
- Achieve your career goals: Minneapolis College has a history of consistently high job-placement rates.
- Minneapolis College’s strong network of relationships with community employers opens the door to valuable internship and employment opportunities.
- Human Services students develop strong peer groups as they learn to support each other through group projects, self-exploration and role-playing.
- Identify and apply skills and attitudes that demonstrate cultural competence.
- Effectively utilize a sequence of case management skills and processes.
- Use individual counseling skills to work effectively with clients.
- Structure and facilitate effective group sessions/interactions.
- Identify systems and articulate contextual relationships within which individuals and organizations function.
- Minneapolis College’s Human Services program prepares you to work in community settings to assist and advocate for people who face social, emotional or developmental challenges and barriers.
- The program integrates theory and skills practice and emphasizes peer interaction and group learning projects.
- You will be able to take advantage of a variety of courses that focus on the history of the human services field, social policy, multicultural factors, system change and advocacy.
- Throughout the program, you will get to know and work with faculty and other students who want to make a difference in people’s lives.
- Experienced instructors will teach you interviewing, basic case management and group skills using lecture, role-play and media feedback. A supervised, semester-long community service internship will give you a chance to put your skills to work and gain valuable experience in the field.
- A 240-hour internship is required for the A.S. degree. Many graduates consider it to be the highlight of the program.
- Students in the diploma program have the opportunity to do a summer internship.
- You will have many opportunities for fieldwork in the community and group or individual volunteer projects.
The demand for human services professionals is increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the field is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent by 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Factors behind the growth: More trained assistants are needed to care for our aging population, and for people who are homeless, have mental and physical disabilities or are in treatment for substance abuse.
Potential Job Titles
- Human or Social Services Assistant
- Social Services Technician
- Addictions Counselor Assistant
- Casework Assistant
- Casework Specialist
Where You Could Work
- Family outreach and advocacy programs
- Youth service organizations
- Nonprofit and government social service agencies
- Schools and educational settings
- Group homes and residential care programs
- Job training programs
- Community centers
- Culturally-focused service agencies
- Housing resource programs