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Fond 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.

Specialist 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

Associate of Applied Science Degree Option
Required Courses
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Degree requirements and courses are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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