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Educational Programs

Community Health Worker


Program description

Embark on a challenging and meaningful career in Community Development with MCTC’s multifaceted and holistic program that intersects community development, community organizing, and indigenous cultures. Become a leader that makes a difference in people’s lives, working to improve urban communities and affecting change through policymaking at local, state and federal levels.

Program start and location

Students are accepted into this program for fall and spring terms. Classes are held on MCTC’s main campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • You will gain an understanding of the evolving role of indigenous cultures in the broader community and in a changing global environment.
  • You will learn the approaches, methods, and techniques used by community developers and indigenous cultural groups, especially Native Americans.
  • You will learn about the interrelationships between community developers, community organizers and indigenous cultures.
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  • You will develop a working knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of citizen leaders, citizen participants, community developers and organizers.
  • You will learn how local action – and a community’s finances, assessment and development - impact policymaking.
  • You’ll gain practical skills necessary to research community development issues.
  • You will strengthen your leadership and teamwork skills.
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Points of pride

  • Faculty members have community organizing and development experience on the national, state and local levels.
  • The community development curriculum, which was developed through a partnership between MCTC and the Native American Community Development Institute, emphasizes the Native American experience as well as the study of all culture groups.
  • The program takes a holistic approach, showing you how to leverage local organizing and development techniques to make a difference.
  • You’ll get practical skills and develop the critical skills needed for employment in community development through varied classes in business, project management and communication.

Where you could work

  • Federal, state, county or local governments
  • Banks and grant programs
  • Private and nonprofit agencies
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  • Community development corporations
  • Community organizations
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Neighborhood revitalization programs (NRP)
  • Community Education
  • Environmental impact assessment services
  • Private developers
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Potential job titles

  • Community Services Block Grant/Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Program Director
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  • Agency Administrator
  • Bank officer for Community Development Programs
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Occupational outlook

There is a growing need in today’s economy for people who can work collaborative and engage communities. The demand for social and community service managers is expected to be strong. Several factors will drive growth in social service fields: the aging population; increasing concern about crime and juvenile delinquency; and the continuing need for services for those who are mentally ill, have physical disabilities, or need long-term health care.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

MCTC works closely with Native American Community Development Institute as well as other Native and Urban Organizations through this program. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available.


This program is part of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Public Services.

Additional resources

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