North Central College - Naperville, IL

Registration underway for North Central’s winter/spring Community Education programs

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Nov. 18, 2010—People who live or work in the Naperville area may register now for North Central College’s Winter/Spring 2011 Community Education courses.

North Central’s Community Education program offers something for everyone. Employers and employees can gain a competitive edge through courses that help people create and refine skills that are in demand in today’s workplace.

The Professional Development section gives people a variety of opportunities to realize their strengths.  The “Basic Management Series” has different classes on leadership with the opportunity to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. “How to Market Your Business Using Free Social Media” is about using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to increase business. Other courses cover business writing and face-to-face networking.

North Central offers a range of computer literacy classes for every level of computer user. These classes help professionals get the most out of using Microsoft Word and Excel and learn such skills as printing labels, creating mail merges and working with web features. Other classes cover how to build websites, make PowerPoints and use Access 2007.

Other programs can broaden a person’s world. Language courses are offered for French, Spanish, Japanese and English as a second language.

North Central offers many general interest and fine arts classes for enthusiasts covering a range of topics including “Effective Time Management,” “Fundamentals of Digital Photography,” “CPR/First Aid,” “Writing Your Life’s Adventures,” “Ballroom Dance” and many more.

North Central College has partnered with the Naperville Cultural Center to provide children a chance to stretch their wings and discover new concepts. These classes can help give a child a well-rounded education and gain an appreciation of other cultures and the arts.

This program offers both Russian and Japanese for children, but also the Global Ambassadors Program so kids can experience the cultures of the world with their family through experiences including music, art and cuisine. Additionally, the program has classes such as “Drawing & Comic Books,” “Chess,”  “Abstract Art” and more.

Many courses begin in early January, while others are available through May. Registration began Nov. 29 and is available until the day before classes begin if the class hasn’t already filled. The College’s Winter/Spring 2011 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

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central 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. Visit to learn more.