Building Support Systems for Families

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The Family Services Specialist program at South Central College prepares you for a career in a variety of family and child services settings. You will make a positive impact on parents, children and families in your community by gaining knowledge in areas such as effective behavioral intervention, practical health and safety practices, essentials of cultural sensitivity, functional family dynamics, fundamental record keeping and affirmative interpersonal communication.

When you have completed the Family Services Specialist program, you will be trained to help assess family and individual challenges in order to identify and implement effective strategies and solutions. 

At South Central College, you will benefit from the many advantages that a community college has to offer while working toward your degree. Smaller class sizes, individualized attention from experienced instructors and greater affordability are just a few reasons that make SCC an excellent college choice.

Working within the framework of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Transfer Curriculum, many of your credits earned at South Central College can be transferred to a four-year college or university if you decide to continue your education and pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

Location: North Mankato Campus
Admission Dates: Fall Semester

“I believe children are our future and the family is where it all begins. However, children and families occasionally need someone to walk beside them until they are strong enough to walk on their own. The Family Services Specialist Degree program at SCC is preparing me to reach out and help children and families in need. Through my coursework, I am gaining a deeper understanding of how to help children and families which continues to prepare me to make a difference in their lives.”
Tammera Wachtel

Brittney Stockwell“I just started the FSS Program and I am more than happy with it. The classes are very interesting and the professors are always there to answer any questions. I have learned so much since August, and I can’t wait to continue this degree!”
Brittney Stockwell


SCC has a 93% average placement rate
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