Student Spotlight: Cara Eckert

Cara Eckert

Cara Eckert
Major: Paralegal Studies
Hometown: Naperville

Cara Eckert knew that returning to the workforce meant additional career training.

"After deciding that the time was right for me to return to the workforce, I realized that I needed to return to school. The world is a different place now," she said. "I have always been interested in law, and I always enjoy learning new things. Training as a paralegal was a cost-effective decision. I also kept seeing information about how the paralegal field was projected to grow in the coming years."

The fact that the Paralegal Studies program at College of DuPage has been approved by the American Bar Association helped Eckert make her decision. She began taking classes in the fall of 2011 and earned her Paralegal Studies Certificate in May 2013.

Her goal is to pursue the highest certification that she can achieve as a paralegal while working in the legal field. Eckert praises the program for preparing her well. Along the way, she realized that even more opportunities await her at COD, and she'd love to investigate such classes as cooking.

"It can be daunting to face returning to work after being home for almost 20 years, but College of DuPage has provided very practical training for me that I think will pay off," she said. "The Paralegal Studies program is top notch. Frankly, COD offered so much more than I thought."

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