The Human Services program prepares students for entry-level jobs and for transfer for a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university. By the end of the program, students will be able to interact effectively with clients in a human services agency.
The field of Human Services is an ideal career choice for men and women who are interested in helping clients 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.
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
The need for qualified human services workers is anticipated to grow at a much faster than average rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are a variety of positions to be filled.
The course schedule is varied, but all classes are offered in day sessions at the DMACC Ankeny campus. All required courses are offered on the DMACC Urban campus and partially on the DMACC Newton campus. These classes are offered in the evenings.