Student Spotlight: Christi Rocha

Christi Rocha

Christi Rocha
Major: Human Services
Hometown: Elmhurst

When Christi Rocha returned to college, she entered the Criminal Justice program at College of DuPage.

But she knew that wasn't the perfect fit, as she wanted to help individuals rather than put them behind bars. Her Criminal Justice professor understood this and told her about COD's Human Services program.

"I have always helped people throughout my life," she said. "When I started working on my Human Services degree, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to work in rehabilitation."

Rocha graduated in May 2011 with her Human Services Generalist associate's degree. She was hired by Leyden Family Service and Mental Health Center, where she completed her internship, and works as its benefits specialist.

"What I do at Leyden Family Service is help clients or community members of Leyden Township fill out and apply for any or all government benefits," she said. "When I help someone who was having a hard time getting medical benefits from the state secure their needed medical insurance, that makes me feel wonderful, and I am proud to have made a difference."

Rocha continues to pursue even more goals. After finishing another internship at Share, a drug treatment facility, she will start her Social Work program at Governors State University in 2013. Eventually she would like to earn her master's degree in  Social Work and become a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor.

She thanks College of DuPage for the thorough education and training she needed to start her career.

"COD helped me understand this field," she said. "The faculty prepared me to go straight into the workforce. I will admit I was a little scared, but all of my education and training helped me be a successful professional and prepared me to continue my education."

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