Enabling Excellence in Others
Human Services Specialist, Snohomish County Developmental Disabilities
Melinda Bocci had worked several years in the developmental disabilities sector when she decided to obtain a graduate degree in Policy Studies. Much of her work was driven by policy, and she knew a master's would enable her to effect systemic change within her field.
While in the Policy Studies program, pivotal disability legislation was being implemented in Washington State. Melinda chose to align her capstone research project with this new policy, which would allow all individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 21 and 62 the opportunity for gainful employment in their communities. Her capstone research highlighted the impact of this policy of on four stakeholder groups, and the credibility Melinda she built through this in-depth research project helped secure her current position with Snohomish County Developmental Disabilities.
"Because Policy Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, I was able to focus my education on a field I am very passionate about. Policy Studies allowed me to connect with my professional field in ways that I had never been able to in the past. I would not be where I am today without my graduate degree."