The Human Services program at Ivy Tech is geared toward helping students develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed for the helping professions. Students will spend the majority of their time interacting and doing problem-based activities, case studies and experiences that will prepare them to provide feedback as human services professionals. From the first class, students will participate in job shadowing/volunteer in the community, and all degrees include two internships with direct hands-on learning opportunities.
Throughout the Human Services program students examine their values and attitudes which reflect in their interactions with others. All students are trained in ethical and theoretical principles, practical skills, and experience the profession. In addition to general skills, specialty training allows a student to explore working with a population such as youth, the elderly, those with intellectual disability or those struggling with addiction.
Graduates of the Human Services program are currently working in direct service positions, as youth workers in afterschool care programs and camps, as social services and activity directors in long-term care facilities, and as behavioral and mental health technicians in substance abuse treatment facilities. About half of our graduates choose to transfer their Associate of Science degree to a four-year institution to continue on the path to becoming a Social Worker or Counselor.
Ivy Tech has several transfer partners for the Human Services associate degree, including Ball State University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Grace College, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University, Saint Mary of the Woods College, and Walden University. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!