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North Central College students make big presentation to corporate executives

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives.

A group of North Central College students recently experienced what it’s like to make an important presentation in front of corporate executives from all over the world.

Kelsey Brummel

Kelsey created lots of marketing buzz as a student. She helped develop an international marketing initiative for a small business to distribute and sell its baby products to Chinese markets.

She and members of her team, who are part of the College’s Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization, designed an exporting strategy and presented it to the business and at North Central’s undergraduate symposium. Team members have plans to travel to China to follow the initiative.

“North Central’s marketing department does a great job of implementing real-world projects into the curriculum. The projects helped me develop a feel for what marketing is all about and confirmed I’ve chosen the right career path.”

Kelsey secured an internship at Rhea & Kaiser, a prestigious marketing communications firm, and was named North Central’s outstanding major in marketing.

Katherine Hoekstra

After taking a management course, Katherine began to see the business world as a blank canvas, waiting for her to make her mark.

An internship in retail management at American Eagle, a popular clothing store, gave her firsthand insight into the dedication and preparation it takes to effectively run and manage a business. “It’s one thing to learn in the classroom and ace all your tests, but the best kind of learning comes from firsthand experiences.”

In addition, Katherine and two other students worked with a local small business to develop a strategy for selling its products in a new international market.

“North Central doesn’t limit me to one area of study. I’ve been involved in an assortment of projects … an independence that’s encouraged by our professors. They give me the tools in my quest, helping me become a more knowledgeable individual in the process.”

Cameron Bechard

Two areas of study were necessities for Cameron during his college search: international business and Chinese. He chose North Central because it offered both and many opportunities to get involved.

By the end of his first year, Cameron had already plunged into the North Central experience. He became co-president of the Chinese Club and got involved with the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization. He landed an internship at an Internet marketing company through campus networking and, in his second year, studied abroad at Peking University in China.

Cameron says his international business major is a “natural combination of my interests, skills and ambitions,” and looks to set a clear career path in his remaining years as a student. “I’ve developed personal relationships with two of my professors. We discuss my academic plans. They help me stay on track and have opened opportunities to me.”

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Jessica Andersen

“I chose accounting to learn more about business and be prepared to own and operate my own business. I chose North Central so I could develop relationships with my professors and classmates and not be just another face in a crowd.”

From the start, Jessica discovered the many options for accounting majors through the Student Accounting Society (SAS). Involved her first year, she became the club’s vice president her senior year.

“It was through SAS events that I learned about the different career paths open to accountants. The club was a great way to make friends, work on group projects and network with professionals outside the school. Being an officer was one of my best experiences.”

Jessica held an internship at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the enforcement division and landed a post-graduation position at Ernst and Young in the Fraud Investigation and Dispute Service department.

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 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

North Central College recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2013

James Davidson, Michael Dooley and Thomas Andre are among student veterans.
North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

Brad Hite '98

Brad Hite was named president of Stainless Sales Corporation. He was hired in 2009 as the national sales manager and his most recent role was general manager of the Chicago stainless steel strip service center. As president, Hite plans on continuing the company’s growth initiatives and its 66-year tradition of exceptional service.

Frank Jen '59

Frank Jen was credited with creating a “seminar culture” at the University of Buffalo in New York 40 years ago. He teamed up with Andrew Chen to teach using research workshops, debate and dialogue. Jen was more idea-oriented, while Chen was more technically oriented. “At that time, I was eager to establish the reputation of our School of Management to turn out good M.B.A.s and Ph.D.s,” Jen says. “I organized a seminar for Ph.D.

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