Academic Programs

    Human Services

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services, with an Associate of Arts degree option. 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.

    Human Services at FDLTCC

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    100% of graduates have found Human Services related employment since 2018.


    36 mental health and substance abuse social worker openings are anticipated per year through 2030.


    Students can earn a Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate in one year and start a career in a high demand field that offers a median wage of $28.98/hr in NE Minnesota.


    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 bachelor’s degree. For transfer into a specific four-year degree program, check with the program coordinator regarding requirements.

    FDLTCC Advantages

    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.

    Job Outlook

    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.


    My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

    It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

    I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.