North Central College - Naperville, IL

SIFE named national finalist for work on garden project

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Competing team members at SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City
Competing team members at SIFE National Exposition in Kansas City

The North Central College Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was recognized as a Top 5 National Finalist for its work in the SIFE Lowe’s Community Improvement Challenge. The project partnership was open to all SIFE USA colleges and universities, or approximately 800 schools. North Central’s SIFE was one of 35 schools that received a grant to take part in the community improvement project. Five schools were selected as national finalists and each was awarded a $5,000 prize.

North Central’s Community Garden Project involved creating a self-sustaining, organic garden for immigrant residents associated with the nonprofit Emmanuel House CDC in Aurora. SIFE students and faculty partnered with Lowe’s Naperville home improvement store to build the raised garden beds and plant the garden. Click here to learn more.

In addition, members of North Central’s SIFE team traveled to Kansas City, Mo., May 22-24 to compete at the SIFE National Exposition. After advancing through the Chicago Regional competition in April, team members competed against 155 other institutions at the national contest. In the opening league, North Central College SIFE finished second-runner up, with the league champion Brigham University-Hawaii placing third overall in the competition. Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., was the 2012 SIFE National Champion.