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Human Services Careers

Whether you are looking for MCOLES certification, a CDA or a career in social work, there are many places to study to prepare for a career in human services. Additional admission criteria can include a competitive GPA, prerequisite courses, or junior level class standing. You should contact the school for admission criteria. You can pursue a career in human services at a community college or a four year college/university or at specialty training school. 

Human Service related careers:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Cosmetology
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Personal Characteristics:

  • Desire to help others physically, socially or emotionally
  • Desire to make a difference in someone's life
  • Show patience, understanding and caring

Human Services Programs in the West Michigan Area (REVISED 01/17/13)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Child Development
Culinary Arts
Culinary Management
Corrections (MCOTC)
Law Enforcement (MCOLES)
Paraprofessional Education
Youth Services

Contact:  Counseling and Career Center (616) 234-4130
Website:  Academic Departments

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Coaching (certificate)
Fire Science
Fire Fighting (certificate)
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Contact:  Counseling Department (269) 488-4400
Website:  Academic Departments

Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek, Michigan

Corrections (MCOTC)
Early Childhood Education (CDA)
Fire Science
Human Services
Law Enforcement (MCOLES)
Paralegal
Public Safety

Contact:  Academic Advising (269) 965-4124
Website:  Degrees and Certificates

Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Corrections, Probation & Parole
Early Childhood Education
Fire Science (agreement with KVCC)
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hospitality Management
Law Enforcement (MCOLES)

Contact:  Counseling & Advising (269) 927-8100 or (800) 252-1562
Website:  Programs and Majors

Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

Aging Studies (certificate)
Child Development
Correctional Officer (MCOTC)
Fire Science
Hotel/Food Service Management
Hotel/Lodging Management
Human Services
Juvenile Specialization
Law Enforcement (MCOLES)
Paralegal
Sign Language Interpreter
Teacher Paraprofessional
Tour Cruise Operations

Contact:  Advising and Counseling Center (517) 483-1904
Website:  Academics

Montcalm Community College
Sidney, Michigan

Corrections (MCOTC)
Criminal Justice - General
Cosmetology
Cosmetology Management
Early Childhood Development
Nanny

Contact:  Counseling & Career Services (877) 328-2111 ext. 231
Website:  Degrees

Muskegon Community College
Muskegon, Michigan

Corrections Officer (MCOTC)
Child Development
Early Childhood Education-Teacher Aide
Family Child Care (certificate)
Infant - Toddler (certificate)
Instructional Assistant - Special Education
Paraprofessional (certificate)
Law Enforcement (MCOLES)

Contact:  Counseling Center (231) 777-0362
Website:  Academic Departments

4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Athletic Coaching
Bilingual Spanish
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education*
Political Science
Psychology
Secondary Education*
Sociology
Special Education (LD, POHI)
Women's Studies

*Further information regarding certification and programs available at AQ School of Education

Contact:  Academic Advising Center (616) 732-4462 or (800) 678-9593
Website:  Academic Departments

Baker College
Muskegon, Michigan

Baking & Pastry (certificate)
Child Care Assistant (certificate)
Criminal Justice (2 year)
Corrections Officer (certificate)
Early Childhood Education (2 year)
Elementary Education
History
Human Services (2 year & 4 year)
Interpreter Training
Paraprofessional Education (2 year)
Safety/Security
Secondary Education

Contact:  Counseling Center (231) 777-5242 or (800) 937-0337
Website:  Undergraduate Programs

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Elementary Education
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Secondary Education
Social Work (BSW)
Sociology
Special Education (CI)

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 526-7076 or (800) 688-0122
Website:  Majors and Minors

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Art of Mlinistry
Biblical Studies
Elementary Education
Family Studies
Human Services (2 year)
Ministry Leadership
Pastoral Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Secondary Education
Social Work
Sociology
Special Education (LD)
Youth Ministry

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 222-1426 or (800) 787-9778
Website:  Academic Programs

Davenport University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Paralegal (2 year and 4 year, post bachelor certificate)

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 451-3511 or (800) 632-9569
Website:  College of Business

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Criminal Justice
  -Corrections
  -Generalist
  -Law Enforcement (MCOLES)
Early Childhood Education (2 year & 4 year)
Elementary Education
Facilities Management
History
Hotel Management
Legal Studies (2 year)
Psychology
Public Administration
Recreation Leadership and Management
Resort Management
Restaurant and Food Industry Management (2 year)
Secondary Education
Social Work (BSW)
Sociology

Contact:  Admissions Office (231) 591-5008 or (800) 462-8553
Website:  FSU Catalog

Ferris State University-GR
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Criminal Justice
Elementary Education
Technical Education (Secondary Education)

Contact:  Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website:  Statewide and Online

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan

Anthropology
Behavioral Science
Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement option available MCOLES)
Elementary Education
History
Hospitality and Tourism Management
International Relations
Legal Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Social Work (BSW)
Special Education (CI, EI, ZA/ECDD, LD)

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246
Website:  Academic Programs

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Elementary Education
History
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Social Work
Secondary Education
Special Education (EI, LD)

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 395-7950 or (800) 968-7850
Website:  Academic Departments

Kuyper College
(formerly Reformed Bible College)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Child Development
Elementary Education
Psychology
Religious Education (2 year)
Secondary Education
Social Work
Youth Ministry

Contact:  Admissions Office (616) 451-4777 or (800) 511-3749
Website:  Majors and Minors

Spring Arbor University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Family Life Education
Social Work (BSW)

Contact:  School of Adult Studies (616) 949-0017 or (800) 968-0223
Website:  Adult and Professional Programs

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Anthropology
Child Development
Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement option available MCOLES)
Elementary Education
Family Studies
Food Service Administration
Global and International Studies
History
Political Science
Public History
Psychology
Secondary Education
Sociology
Social Work (BSW)
Special Education (CI, EI, LD)
Tourism and Travel

Contact:  Admissions Office (269) 387-2000
Website:  Undergraduate Degrees

OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Empire Beauty Schools
(616) 363-9853
  Basic Cosmetology
    -hair care
    -nail care
    -spa
  Instructor Training
    -prepares for instructor licensing exam in the State of Michigan

Douglas J Aveda Institute
(616) 808-3083
Basic Cosmetology and Esthiology

Paragon Pet School
(616) 667-7297 (PAWS)
Pet Grooming

Booker-Institute of Cosmetology
(616) 662-0220
Basic Cosmetology

Kent Regional 4-C
(616) 451-8281 or 1-800-448-6995
Non credit based CDA
(recognized by the state of Michigan)

Council for Professional Recognition
Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program

To learn more about Teacher Certification in the State of Michigan

Teacher certification subjects available at the following 4 year schools visit the State of Michigan (Approved Teacher Preparation Programs) or you can download a list of available certification codes in Michigan. To determine what classes can be taught with various endorsements, see the Michigan Department of Education (doc).