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Michelle Jacobs earns Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award

Michelle Jacobs
Michelle Jacobs was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Michelle Jacobs was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Athletic Training Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Jacobs is a graduating senior majoring in athletic training. While a student at North Central, she competed with the women’s track and field team in high jump and middle distance events.

As a student at North Central, Jacobs was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national college athlete honor society. She is a graduate of Glenbard North High School. She plans to pursue graduate studies at Old Dominion University.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a Military Friendly School for 2015

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North Central College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs magazine rates North Central College a 2015 Military Friendly School.

The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

Alumna serves up athletic training care to championship volleyball team

For the Loyola University Chicago men’s volleyball team, injury was unthinkable.

Tied 1-1 in the series, game three of the NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball Championship had turned into a tighter match than the team had hoped. The Ramblers were barely leading Stanford in a 15-13 dogfight. Loyola’s Gentile Arena was packed with fans who had followed the home team since the start of its nearly perfect, 29-1 season.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

Gregory Garofalo

While rehabilitating from a severe knee injury, Gregory found himself admiring those who brought him back to health.

“I finally figured out what I was meant to do with my life: become an athletic trainer,” he says. “So I ended the job I had and went back to school at age 30 to chase my goal.”

For such a hands-on job, Gregory knew he needed hands-on experience. He practiced classroom skills alongside certified staff for the College’s sports teams.

“The staff and professors consistently put the students in situations where they can learn,” he says. “These opportunities have made a huge difference in how my confidence has grown as an athletic training student.”

Gregory gained experience as a summer intern for a minor league baseball team and aspires to work with elite athletes at the collegiate level.

“The faculty ensures they are putting quality athletic trainers into the workforce. They want to see us succeed and they are dedicated to giving us all the necessary tools to do so.” 

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