Human Services

Human Services Careers: 
Making a Real Difference in People's Lives

The Human Services program on DMACC's Carroll Campus prepares students for entry-level jobs interacting effectively with clients in a human services agency. It also can prepare students to transfer on to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree in human services if they so desire.

The field of Human Services is an ideal career choice for men and women who are interested in helping clients to understand themselves and reach their goals. Students who enter the program need to be mature, emotionally stable, objective, and sensitive to the needs of others. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are essential.

Excellent Career Outlook

The need for qualified human services workers is expected to grow at a much faster rate than average in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Public and private social services agencies
  • Treatment centers for addictions
  • Group homes for people facing many problems, such as runaways, homelessness, domestic abuse, mental illness, and chemical dependency
  • Group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Supported living and work programs
  • State and county Departments of Human Services
  • Hospital-based chemical dependency treatment facilities
  • Correctional facilities for adolescents and chemically dependent people

Gain Invaluable Experience at New Hope Village

A partnership between the DMACC Human Services Program and New Hope Village in Carroll allows students to get practical, real-world work experience as they study. New Hope Village strives to enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by offering opportunity, choice and support in an environment which promotes dignity and self-fulfillment.

Working at New Hope Village offers DMACC students:

  • Paid work experience in the field of Human Services
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Resume-building experience and references
  • Opportunities for full-time employment at New Hope after graduation in a supervisory role

DMACC Student Housing at New Hope Village

A building at New Hope was recently remodeled into a 16-unit residence hall for DMACC students. DMACC leases and manages the housing unit and provides tuition and dormitory housing assistance for qualifying students. The program includes course study that supports part-time employment at New Hope, which, in turn, offers experience in students' area of study.  

This immersive, practical, hands-on education and work experience helps DMACC students gain both the education and experience that will make them valued employees after graduation.

Get a Degree from Buena Vista University Without Leaving Carroll Campus

Thanks to a partnership with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, students can get a four-year degree in Human Services from Buena Vista without leaving the DMACC Carroll Campus. In this “2+2” agreement, students first earn two-year degree from DMACC and then become Buena Vista students for their third and fourth years of study. All four years of classes are taken in day or evening sessions at the Carroll Campus or online.

Take the Next Step to a Rewarding Career

For more information on how you can start preparing for a career in the field of Human Services, contact:

Jen Wollesen
DMACC Carroll Campus
Phone: 712-792-1755.
Email: jswollesen@dmacc.edu.

Carroll Campus Address
906 N. Grant Road
Carroll, Iowa 51401