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.
Those who graduate with an Associate of Science (AS) degree can seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution through our "Transfer as a Junior" program, entering at a junior status. To learn more about our Transfer as a Junior programs, and how they can save you money, visit our TSAP page. Please keep in mind, you will also need to be admitted to the four-year institution you intend to transfer to, admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in a Transfer as a Junior program.