Child support professionals are employed by Minnesota County Human Services agencies across the state. Pine Technical and Community College offers the Diploma and AAS Degrees to prepare you for a career in this field. The classroom portion of the program can be completed though online learning and virtual attendance while the internship will occur at the local county agency. These programs have been developed in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and PTCC is the only Minnesota institution with an approved DHS program, with access to the DHS computer systems.
The Human Services Child Support AAS program is approved and supported by Minnesota Department of Human Services. Child Support Officers work with individuals when there is a child support obligation. They represent the county in court and monitor and enforce court-mandated child support efforts.
PTCC’s program trains people who have an interest in assisting parents in the collection of support for their children when there is a noncustodial parent. The program includes instruction in policy and procedures for collection of child support, court processes, and how to establish, enforce, and modify court orders utilizing an automated computer system. Child support professionals have extensive contact with clients, the courts, and other professions, thus the student must develop strong interpersonal skills.
Students have the opportunity to obtain the HSCS Diploma and may continue on to earn their HSCS AAS Degree.