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Youth Services

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

Want to assist youth who need to overcome social and economic barriers? Youth services often focus on adolescents suffering from abuse and neglect and those involved in delinquent activities. With your help, these young people can capitalize on their personal strengths and reach their potential.

Earning Potential

You might consider a bachelor's degree in this field. Job growth Is expected to remain steady over the next 10 years. This is a growing field with approximately 30 employers in a 60 mile radius offering employment in youth services.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $29,000 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Child, Family and School Social Worker
  • Youth Care Specialist
  • Treatment Specialist
  • Home Service Aide
  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty 

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

    All accounting faculty have advanced degrees and/or professional certification and real world business experience, as well as a passion for teaching accounting.


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About Delta's Program

This certificate provides current and future youth care workers with the skills needed to work with juveniles in many different settings. The program is geared toward human services. Study areas focus on family dynamics and juvenile delinquency. We work closely with area agencies that provide youth services such as Wolverine Human Services and Lutheran Child and Family Service. In fact, many employers consult with Delta College faculty regularly to ensure the program is preparing students well for successful careers with their companies.

Why you should choose Delta


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has off-campus centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Laddered certificate program

Youth Services - Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: CSZ.35775


Delta College also offers an entry-level Youth Services Certificate of Achievement. It's called a 'laddered program' because the courses you take here count torward the next step up – the Advanced Certificate.

It's a great way to explore the career field or gain skills to accompany another human services or health care degree.

Course List
CJ 250 - The Juvenile Offender
PSY 211W - General Psychology
PSY 223W - Child Psychology
SOC 211W - Principles of Sociology
SOC 221W - Marriage and Family
SOC 250W - Introduction to Social Work
SOC 300W - Interviewing, Counseling and the Helping Relationship
22 Total Credits
1 - PSY 300W may be substituted for SOC 300W
2 - SOC 300W prerequisite: ENG 111 or any approved College Composition I course.
3 - A Grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.

Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio

With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.


80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.