Victoria Rochester
Criminal Justice

Student Success Story

Victoria Rochester reached a point in her career where she had years of experience in the criminal justice field, but the lack of a bachelor’s degree was holding her back. When she finally found a way to finish college, Victoria realized she was doing so not only for herself, but to set an example for her three children. Victoria shares her story.

“I can tell you that had it not been for the online opportunity here at Sacramento State I would not have been able to finish my degree. I have been putting off going back to school for years. I would start and stop throughout the years at my local community colleges, earning associate degrees in criminal justice and corrections but never going further as raising a family of three children, working full-time and life’s responsibilities took priority over higher education. I have worked in corrections as an officer for the State of California, a supervisor in juvenile probation, a counselor for at-risk children and families and presently, working in social services. Over the past few years I found that my ability to promote or advance in other areas was limited because I lacked a four-year degree. I plan to graduate in fall 2018. I would love to use my criminal justice degree to make a difference in the lives of others, possibly teaching at-risk kids or doing something more proactive in the criminal justice system focusing on youth. I will achieve my goal and also, show my children that it is never too late to do anything once you set your mind on it.”

For more information, please visit the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice web page or call (916) 278-2794.