North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central offers variety of Community Education programs

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People who live or work in the Naperville area may register for North Central College’s Winter/Spring 2010 Community Education courses.

The College offers courses for adults in Professional and Business Development, computers, foreign languages, fine arts and general interest. Instruction for children in music, dance, theater and visual arts is offered through a partnership with the Naperville-based School of Performing Arts, and an eight-week program for academically gifted children ages 4 to 14 is offered through The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.

North Central’s Office of Community Education offers many one-day workshops and short-term noncredit classes designed for everyone from job seekers to hobby enthusiasts. New offerings include “Oh, Behave: Helping Your Child Be Successful in the Home,” “I Said No: Dealing with Defiance in the Classroom,” “Effective Time Management,” “Fundamentals of Digital Photography” and “Basic 2D Animation Using Flash.”

“Japanland” is a single-session, three-hour workshop offered on Feb. 11. Karin Muller, an award-winning National Geographic filmmaker and author, will take participants on an action-packed journey into the side of Japan that few outsiders get to see. Her lecture includes film clips, slides and personal anecdotes covering sumo wrestlers, swordmakers, geisha, Buddhist monks and even the workaholic, career-track worker.

“The Role of Integrative Medicine in Cancer Prevention & Treatment” is a single-session, two hour course offered Feb. 4 by Keith Block, M.D., author of “Life Over Cancer.” Block’s book and lecture gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality needed to meet the demands of cancer treatment and recovery.

The Winter/Spring 2010 Community Education program features a free lecture open to the public, “China Shakes the World: The Rise of Modern China” on April 20. Additionally, popular Community Education courses include instruction in CPR/first aid, screenwriting, creative writing, dance and photography.

The College’s Professional Development Academy offers courses and workshops for people looking for jobs or seeking to change careers. Expert instructors cover such topics as communications skills, interviewing techniques and conflict-resolution in the workplace.

New courses in Business Development focus on such areas as customer service, networking skills and business writing. Educators looking to advance their careers can explore options offered through the Leadership Academy series. Participates may earn a certificate in program management through a series of online courses, or a certificate in financial planning offered through an educational alliance with Marquette University and the UFG Institute for Professional Education.

Many courses begin in early February, while others are available through May. Registration is available until the day before classes begin. The College’s Winter/Spring 2010 Community Education catalog with details about the various courses offered is available for download at For more information, contact the Office of Community Education at 630-637-5560 or

The catalog includes information about three community musicals that will be staged from May through August at North Central. Registration for the College’s summer camps and workshops begins March 1. Visit for details.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. The College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.

North Central College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report; ranked as “a college for high-achieving students” by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges; and among a select number of schools profiled in Kaplan’s Unofficial Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges. For more information about North Central College, visit