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Students and instructor talking in a classroomFond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services. The Human Services program is designed for students interested in the helping professions. Graduates will have acquired an understanding of the concepts, principles, skills, methods, and techniques of human services for entry into positions in social welfare agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation programs, public service-related business, industry and community agencies, as well as state and county agencies.

The projected job outlook for students entering Human Services careers is very positive. Current labor market information indicates a stable need for well-trained and skilled professionals. All students in the Human Services program will complete the Generalist sequence of courses, plus students may elect to complete one or more of the specialist options that are available.

The mission of the Human Services Department is to assist students to grow in personal and cultural awareness and effectiveness; to acquire accurate and current knowledge of human services issues and practice; to develop listening, influencing, critical thinking, and counseling skills; and to prepare for employment or transfer through academics and field practicums. The unique multi-cultural climate at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College provides students with the opportunity to recognize and understand cultural diversity.

Degree Options
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded to students who complete the requirements in approved occupational programs. The Human Services program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is an occupational program that provides training and education that can lead students directly into a position in their chosen career area. All programs of study also provide a solid educational foundation for students seeking advanced training or a four-year degree.

The Associate of Arts degree can be completed in conjunction with the Associate of Applied Science degree by selecting elective courses that meet transfer requirements. The Associate of Arts degree option is recommended for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to work toward a bachelors degree. For transfer into a specific four-year degree program, check with the program coordinator regarding requirements.

Students smilingSpecialist Options
Several specialist options in Human Services are available at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. These options require completion of additional courses beyond those required in the Generalist sequence. The specialist options include Chemical Dependency Counselor, American Indian Focus, and Youth and Family. These options are excellent ways to gain specific training in a Human Services area of interest.

Human Services students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College have the advantage of learning in state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms. Students have liberal access to computer resources while enrolled. Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A certificate or degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

If attending as a full-time student, a degree in Human Services can be completed in two school years. Students can learn the necessary skills, and then enter the workforce quickly. For people who already have some college experience, it may be possible to complete the program in less time. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours, providing the opportunity to create a flexible schedule. Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses.

To receive more information about the Human Services program, contact:

Don Jarvinen
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

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Associate of Applied Science Degree Option
Required Courses
The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here.

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

Selected Course Descriptions
HSER 1001 Introduction to Human Services
This course provides a theoretical overview of beginning concepts in human services including the history and future of human services, the social welfare system, strategies of intervention, the helping role, values and human services.

HSER 1010 The Helping Process
An introduction to counseling theories and techniques, the course surveys the basic concepts and major theories of counseling. The student will develop an individual approach to counseling and an understanding of relationship building skills and counseling techniques pertaining to special populations and situations, including crisis intervention, and cultural and gender issues.

HSER 2010 Counseling Skills
The course is designed to increase the student’s level of competency in conducting effective counseling interviews and establishing and developing counseling relationships. Using case study, classroom participation, and videotape, the student will develop competency in listening, influencing, and intervention skills, basic counseling skills, and the skills involved in conducting full interviews, including skills in working with special populations and situations, including cultural and gender issues.

HSER 2020 Family Dynamics
The course is designed as an introduction to the study of family systems theory, family dynamics, and the major theories of family counseling. Students will develop an understanding of family systems, develop basic skills in counseling family systems, and participate in classroom and outside assignments designed to increase awareness of the development of family dynamics within their own family system and across the changing sociological and cultural spectrum.

HSER 2090-2095 Practicum
This course is the off-campus experiential learning component of the program. The emphasis is on gaining practical experience in using the techniques and knowledge gained in the classroom. Students will complete the contracted hours of supervised experience at the selected practicum site. Students will choose, with instructor approval, the site for the practicum, and determine the objectives and goals of the practicum with the field supervisor and the instructor. Students will complete all requirements of the written contract, plus arrange and meet with the instructor on a weekly basis.

Degree requirements and courses are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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