Major: Human Services
Naomi Cain previously attended another community college after high school but was unsure what to study.
She instead left school and entered the workforce, spending seven years working her way up at her company to the position of client service coordinator. But Cain knew this wasn’t the career she wanted.
“I had a few teachers in high school who made an enormous impact on me. They helped me see things in a different light and I wanted to be that person for someone else,” she said. “I felt like Human Services was the right field to allow me to do this.”
Cain chose College of DuPage because it was affordable, close to home and allowed her to continue working while pursuing a degree. Considering her low GPA in high school, she was pleased with her success.
“After I finished my first semester with straight A’s, I decided to push myself and see how long I could keep this up,” she said. “My teachers were a wonderful source of support. The full-time faculty is outstanding and our advisor, Carrie Bills, has been there for me every step of the way. Without them, this journey would have been a lot more difficult.”
Cain became active on campus and was president of the Human Services Network Club and Tau Upsilon Alpha as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Off-campus, she volunteers at the YWCA with school prevention programs, including the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) program, and takes call shifts for the rape crisis center.
She also received several scholarships through the COD Foundation: the Foundation’s Achiever’s Scholarship and the Naperville Woman’s Club Scholarship.
“Both of these scholarships were incredibly helpful financially and emotionally,” she said. “Financially, they allowed me to continue to pursue my educational goals while volunteering at local agencies. Emotionally, they helped fuel my ambition and inspired me to continue to work hard in my studies.”
In 2018, Cain was selected as one of the College’s outstanding graduate finalists. After taking a break to devote time to her family and two young children, she is finishing the final year of her bachelor’s degree at National Louis University through COD’s 3+1 program and secured an internship with DCFS on the placement/permanency team.
“It has been my goal to work at DCFS since I started school, so I am looking forward to this internship and learning more about the organization,” she said.
Cain, who ultimately would like to pursue a master’s degree in Psychology, is happy to have returned to school and highly recommends COD and the Human Services program.
“I feel like College of DuPage sets such a high standard for education that the first school I attended could not even compete with,” Cain said. “The professors I had in my time at COD have been amazing. They truly care about you and want you to succeed. The Human Services program has such great relationships with agencies within DuPage County that it makes networking almost effortless. I also had the privilege of working in the Human Services office as a student aide, so that further helped with the networking aspect.
“Thanks to my teachers, the scholarships and the never-ending support from my husband, I am proud to say that I graduated from COD with a 4.0 GPA.”