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Cancer researcher returns to North Central to guest lecture science courses

Zach Pratt, a 2005 alumnus who recently completed his doctorate in cancer biology, returned to North Central to guest lecture some biology courses.

Zach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching.

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution.

Jane McCullough

Jane found her passion while working as a pharmacy technician during her sophomore year.

“It allowed me to understand the role of a pharmacist. I enjoy helping the public and this is the professional health career I could really see myself doing.”

Jane began preparing for her career by working as a lab assistant and serving as president of the Pre-Health Organization and vice president of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. She gained additional experience by volunteering at a local hospital over the summer.

Jane is excited to step into the pharmaceutical field with a strong résumé. She plans to pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree and eventually become a clinical pharmacy specialist, but she recognizes that her options are wide open.

“It’s nice to know that there are a variety of roles in many different settings available to those with pharmacy degrees.”

Orusa Kalota

As a child, Orusa loved going to the orthodontist for her braces. With North Central’s pre-dentistry program, she’ll be the one making smiles.

“It’s a career that requires compassion and great interpersonal skills,” she says.

Orusa gathered vital knowledge through a summer internship at Access Dental Center in Naperville, where she shadowed professionals and gained hands-on experience. She enjoys the challenge of dentistry.

“I gained immense knowledge in just three months,” she says. “With a career like dentistry, I’ll be learning something new every day.”

One lesson Orusa learned through her internship is that networking is critical to success. So, she became secretary of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and built strong relationships with professors from various departments. With good communication habits, Orusa will be able to keep up with the nuances of the dental industry.

“Dentistry is a rapidly changing field. To be a successful dentist or orthodontist, I need to collaborate with other dentists on a daily basis to stay updated.”

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.

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.

Joel Di Bernardo

Joel plans to become a veterinary researcher and wanted his college experience to help him reach his goal.

“My high school was known for its large student population,” he says. “For college, I wanted to get a more personal experience with my professors and classmates. North Central was the perfect fit.”

Joel says he’s received this individual attention at North Central with professors helping him find connections between animal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other science courses. He participated in Beta Beta Beta biological honors society, where he bonded with others who shared his interest in biology.

“The camaraderie that exists among the staff and students at North Central College really sets it apart from other institutions and sets students up for academic success.”

Joel will pursue a doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. He hopes to become a veterinary researcher who studies emerging infectious diseases in exotic animals.

Cory McCleave

While shadowing a podiatrist, Cory fell in love with treating feet.

“Podiatry offered everything I was looking for: clinic and surgery time, adequate compensation and overall life happiness,” he says.

Cory’s eager to work in the competitive podiatry industry. He’s shadowed professionals in the medical field and participated in North Central’s Pre-Health Organization (PHO), a club that offers Q & A sessions with alumni, seminars with health industry professionals and preparation for graduate school. While some students may get anxious at the thought of taking exams for graduate school, Cory’s prepared with numerous practice tests provided by PHO.

Cory hopes to become a podiatrist who specializes in either foot surgery or sports rehab. He credits North Central with giving him invaluable skills for the health industry and life.

“You need to think for yourself and draw conclusions—this is how life works. North Central teaches students how to make those decisions, which puts us ahead of our peers.”

Kayla Antle

Prescribing medicine, diagnosing illness and closely working with surgeons and physicians—every decision made by a physician assistant is critical for a patient’s health. In a field where mistakes are unacceptable, Kayla says her hands-on experience at North Central is crucial.

“It’s very important to have experience with patient care,” she says.

Kayla shadowed a physician and worked with residents at Sunrise Senior Living, a residential facility near campus. She also took advantage of on-campus opportunities, attending seminars with health industry professionals through North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization (PHO).

“PHO is a great way to learn more about the health industry and get connected with alumni and local healthcare professionals.”

As she applies to physician assistant programs, Kayla says her résumé is strengthened by her interactive experience at North Central.

“It’s allowed me to observe the professional atmosphere of a healthcare setting.”

Emily Nordmann

Emily dreams of working in a pediatric clinic. To reach this dream, she needs to be accepted into a master’s program in occupational therapy, which requires extensive experience and guidance. She found everything she wanted at North Central.

“I was impressed by all the opportunities available that prepared me for graduate school,” she says. “The professors, advisors and faculty were genuinely invested in my well-being.”

To gain vital experience in the field, Emily interned at Treehouse Pediatric Therapy, a clinic that provides physical, occupational, speech and nutrition therapy to children. Her time at the clinic reinforced her dream and opened new doors for her future.

“It reaffirmed my passion for this career, while establishing connections I’ve maintained over a year later.”

Emily plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Midwestern University.

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