Student Stories: Mike Likens

Mike Likens

Major: Human Services

When Mike Likens was in the Army at Fort Hood, he saw firsthand the substance and alcohol abuse problem among soldiers and how they were being treated.

“In a moment, I figured out my path in life and knew I wanted to work with vets, active duty military and people struggling with substance abuse,” he said.

After his stint in the Army, Likens was attending Argosy University when he heard from a friend about the Human Services program at College of DuPage. He met with Maryann Krieglstein, was extremely impressed and enrolled at COD, where he earned his Associate in Applied Science degree and his CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) designation.

Likens then transferred to National Louis University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Psychology. After working as a treatment supervisor for Abraxas Youth and Family, he is now in the social service department at Aetna. 

He is excited about reaching the career goal he first set while in the military. 

“I realize this field can take you in many directions and I look forward to the different turns coming my way,” he said. “College of DuPage has the best Human Services program around hands-down. You will be prepared as a professional entering this field through this program, they make sure of that. I have worked with students from other programs, private and public, and COD’s curriculum is by far more extensive and we are more prepared.”

Likens also was impressed with COD’s professors. 

“They are the most compassionate, open-minded, caring, professional and welcoming individuals that I have ever met,” he said. “I have learned so much from them and hold them in such high regard that I feel sorry for my future teachers because I don't think that they will be able match up. They ALWAYS have the time for their students and I mean always. In this ‘hurry up and get you out’ world, the Human Services professors take the time to get to know you and your needs. Going into my first internship I was confident because of what I learned in the program. 

“I grew so much during my years in the program and I am so happy that I came to College of DuPage. They prepared me for the future in this field and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity of coming there.” 

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