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Kristen Robledo earns Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award

Kristen Robledo was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Kristen Robledo was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Elementary Education Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Robledo is a graduating senior majoring in elementary education at North Central College with a focus on teaching under-achieving students in high-need schools. She is a graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

A College on the Move

North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.

Growth in new faculty, world-class facilities, outstanding academics and stellar athletic teams---these are the hallmarks of a campus community that is fiscally strong, excited about the future and focused on becoming one of America’s top colleges.

“Our students and their families become part of a dynamic campus environment, where they benefit from the value of small class sizes, faculty mentors and award-winning cocurricular activities,” said Martin Sauer, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

Annual Report 2015

This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year.

North Central hosts third annual Technologies in Education Conference for education majors

Alumni teachers, administrators present sessions on using technology in the classroom to equip North Central College education majors for careers as teachers.

Education students at North Central College participated in the Technologies in Education Conference (TIEC) Jan. 23 to learn how to use the latest technologies in the classroom.
 

Sara Reid

Not only did Sara immediately feel welcomed into the North Central community, but she also felt right at home in the French department.

“It was so nice to feel that your thoughts were always appreciated and your efforts were always valued. This safe environment for learning a second language helps a student grow and evolve.”

Sara loved viewing the world through a different language and took every opportunity to do so. She became a language tutor on campus, traveled to France as part of a D-Term study abroad course and became involved in the College’s French club, Cercle Français.

“From crêpe making and Mardi Gras celebrations to language immersion weekends and service projects in high school French classes, Cercle Français builds a close-knit community of peers and professors.”

Sara felt supported by her professors to find the right career path. She wants to continue her love of tutoring by someday living in France and teaching English.

“Majoring in French allowed me to reflect on the joy it brought me as a student and  to pursue the language and culture for the rest of my life.” 

Heidi Nelson

Heidi cultivated a perfect marriage between her two majors—Elementary Education and Spanish—that she will carry into her career.

A recipient of the prestigious student Fulbright Fellowship, Heidi will travel to Argentina to teach English language learning methods to local teachers for 10 months after graduation. Heidi’s experiences while at North Central as a teacher and traveler complemented this opportunity.

Heidi completed two summer internships that allowed her to run her own classroom to gain real-world teaching experience. She also acquired global awareness and refined her Spanish by studying abroad in Costa Rica and Peru.

“Through study abroad experiences, internships and diverse practicum experiences, I was able to solidify my passion for and commitment to bilingual education.”

What began as interests in teaching, Spanish and Latino culture grew into a lifelong career and a second language for Heidi.

“North Central truly does prepare you to be an informed educator in the world.”  

 

“Through study abroad experiences, internships and diverse practicum experiences, I was able to solidify my passion for and commitment to bilingual education.”

Sara Reid earns Outstanding Major in French Award

Sara Reid ’15
Sara Reid received the Outstanding Major in French Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.

Sara Reid ’15, daughter of Donald and Colleen Reid of Naperville, was awarded the Outstanding Major in French Award during Honors Day in May at North Central College.

Sara, who graduated from North Central College in June, majored in elementary education and French. She is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School. She previously earned the Outstanding Major in French Award in 2014, and she consistently earned honors on the College’s Dean’s List.

New faculty dean Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola has vision for building on success

Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.

Talking with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola, there are a few words you won’t hear—like “status quo.” He pursued the position as leader of academic affairs knowing that his challenge will be to elevate the reputation of the faculty and academic programs, which in quality far exceeds similar and better-known institutions. It’s a goal that excites him.

An immersion in Greece crisis enlightens student travelers

A summer study abroad course called Financial Crisis landed North Central students in Greece during the June 2015 “mega crisis” that drew attention.
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