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The Family Services 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, standard health and safety practices, essentials of cultural sensitivity, functional family dynamics, basic record keeping and positive interpersonal communication.  

* This program was formerly named: Family Services Specialist

Areas of Employment:  

  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Community and Social Services Specialists

Campuses:  Faribault and North Mankato

Program Start Date:  Fall and Spring Semesters

For More Information: (507) 389-7200 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“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 FS 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


More than $500,000 in scholarships awarded annually by SCC campus foundations
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Faculty Spotlight - Family Services

Deb Salmon
Deb Salmon
Prior to teaching, Deb was employed in the social work field for almost 19 years. Here vast experience includes working with people with a variety of disabilities in many capacities including direct care, case management, hospice, therapeutic foster care and mental health care.
Education:A.A., St. Cloud State University; B.S.,Minnesota State University, Mankato; M.S.W., University of St. Thomas
North Mankato Phone:(507) 389-7399
North Mankato Office:C175-e
Faribault Office:As Arranged
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Education & Human Services Majors

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts rapid growth in social work and human service positions – increasing 23% through 2018. If you are sociable, responsible, and concerned with the welfare of others Human Services is a good choice.