Major: Office Technology Information
Donna Otkins’ journey at College of DuPage started after she was out of school for almost 20 years.
“I put my educational goals aside to raise the three children of my older sister, who passed away,” she said. “When the youngest of the three graduated from high school and went off to college, I decided it was time to do something for myself.”
Workforce Development ServicesShe enrolled at COD in the Office Technology Information (OFTI) program, having received a grant through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program with the DuPage County Workforce Development division. It was an opportunity to build on her previous work history in an office environment and gain additional knowledge.
“The time I’ve spent at COD has given me another chance at achieving my educational goals, something that I thought wasn’t possible for me anymore,” she said. “The program curriculum is based on a career within assisting people, and I think I’m very good at helping others. I’ve really enjoyed the connections I’ve made with the staff and my fellow students.”
The time I’ve spent at COD has given me another chance at achieving my educational goals, something that I thought wasn’t possible for me anymore.
In addition, Otkins is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Aurora University. Her career goal is to obtain a promotion and utilize her education and previous experience.
She cannot say enough good things about the OFTI program, through which she is earning the Administrative Support Specialist Associate in Applied Science degree and the Administrative Support Specialist certificate.
“If you are on the fence about pursuing the OFTI program at COD, go for it!” she said. “You will obtain so much knowledge that you will most definitely use in your everyday life. Even with my own medical issues, I have stayed the course to complete my studies and obtain my degree. This journey has been well worth it.”
Learn more about the Office Technology Information program at College of DuPage