The newsroom: local campuses

The following are news items from schools participating in this education guide.

DeVry University: Good is just not good enough for many employers today. J.T. O'Donnell, career strategist and author of CAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career, suggests that job candidates need to learn how to GLOW in order to close the employer-candidate disconnect and shine brightly in a competitive job market. Here's how to GLOW:

G - Gain perspective: Take a step back and assess your situation. "No two people are alike," O'Donnell says. "You have to figure out what's important to you in your life and career. So, evaluating your values, preferences and interests will provide you with a customized plan and increase your ability to achieve success."

L - Luminate your goal: To "light up" your career goal, break down your preferred position into a list of "must haves," "nice to haves" and "don't wants." Let these criteria act as a compass to guide you toward your career destination. A vivid mental image of yourself as a success will keep you motivated and moving forward when things get tough.

O - Own your actions: Be ready and willing to put forth the effort required to make change happen. "Some requirements will seem more daunting than others, like having to go back to school for the right education and career-oriented skills set," O'Donnell says. "However, there are excellent options like DeVry University, which provides flexible on-site and online scheduling so you can maintain current responsibilities while pursuing your dream career."

W - Work it daily: Keep your goals in the forefront of your mind so that you'll take steps every day, no matter how small, to get closer to them. Display your goal where you can view it throughout the day. You should also ask yourself at least five or six times a day, "Is what I'm doing right now helping me achieve my goals?" A truthful answer to this question can be enlightening.

Whether you are just starting your career or are a midcareer professional seeking change, applying the GLOW method can brighten your future.

For more information about flexible education options, visit DeVry.edu; to learn more about GLOW, visit Careerealism.com.

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Elmhurst College: Elmhurst has led the way in higher education for working adults since we offered our first evening classes back in 1949. Today more than one-fourth of our students are 24 and older. We know what experienced adults want and need in a college education - and we deliver it.

Whether you're pursuing an undergraduate degree or certificate, Elmhurst will open the door to a wealth of opportunities and advance your career. Our School for Professional Studies offers a wide array of certificate and undergraduate programs for busy people. Fast-track majors and generous credit-transfer policies help you earn your degree efficiently, and our convenient scheduling makes it easy to get the job done. And the Elmhurst College Online Center offers some programs entirely online, giving you maximum convenience and flexibility.

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The curriculum combines liberal learning and professional preparation to equip students for lifelong learning, service and achievement. The college is conveniently located in Elmhurst, a short drive west of downtown Chicago.

Learn more about Elmhurst College's programs for adults at elmhurst.edu/adult.

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Rosalind Franklin University: Assistant professor Beth Stutzmann, Ph.D., has spent the last 10 years investigating neuronal signaling in aging and Alzheimer's disease. At the root of her many questions is the desire to understand the early disease processes that cause brain cells to malfunction in Alzheimer's. In other words, what pathological events are occurring before the tragic physical and behavioral changes develop. Uncovering these events may offer more effective strategies to prevent disease progression. Stutzmann's research suggests that alterations in critical neuronal signaling factors, such as calcium, are an early component in the disease cycle that contributes to the memory loss in Alzheimer's disease.

Stutzmann came to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) from the University of California, Irvine, in 2005 to explore this area of interest, intentionally seeking RFUMS for its commitment to research paired with its strong basic science program, an environment where she knew her research would thrive.

"I love the process of investigation. There are things that, as researchers, we believe are important and we get to explore them. Not only is this satisfying on a personal level, you feel you're contributing to a greater good. It's enormously satisfying when you add even a little piece to the puzzle," Stutzmann said.

Her desire to help students is clear. She speaks passionately about teaching and mentoring, saying her own mentors had the biggest impact on her career.

"I really believe in paying it forward and encouraging all young scientists," she said.

RFU is at 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago; call (847) 578-3000 or visit rosalindfranklin.edu.

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Indiana University Northwest: Danielle Jones, 37, of Gary, Ind., spent 13 years as a casino dealer before becoming a certified nursing assistant. Now she is taking steps to further her career with an associate's degree in health information management.

"When I finish, I want to work at a hospital," Jones said, "and then probably go back and get my bachelor's degree in health information administration."

Asked why she chose Indiana University Northwest, Jones cited the campus' proximity to her home and the value and worldwide reputation of an IU degree.

Danielle Dotson, 38, of Calumet City, had five children and plenty of responsibility in her life when she decided to continue her business degree at IU Northwest.

Dotson was determined to prove to her 16-year-old son that "no matter what - through adversity, through having a family, through whatever - I can still get my degree and that will hopefully motivate him and his siblings behind him."

Dotson received an Illiana merit scholarship from IU Northwest worth up to $10,000 per year. The Illiana scholarship is just one way in which IU Northwest is making an IU education accessible for adult students across northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs.

IU Northwest also offers transfer student scholarships to full-time and part-time students. Scholarship totals range between $2,000 and $6,000 for two years. IU Northwest also will discount undergraduate tuition by 25 percent for summer courses again in 2013.

For more information on completing your degree at IU Northwest, go to iun.edu or call (888) 968-7486.

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Lewis University: Did you know almost half of Lewis University's incoming freshman students in fall 2012 were transfers? Lewis University accepts coursework from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, including community colleges and most four-year institutions. Many students begin their transfer plans before they apply for admission by looking at the online college transfer guides, which list specific courses at institutions that are eligible for transfer to Lewis University.

Providing personal attention, Lewis University counselors evaluate transcripts on a class-by-class basis and transfer credits into general education, elective credit and major coursework requirements based on their academic equivalency. Lewis University follows the guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative by accepting up to 72 semester hours of credit from community colleges and up to 96 hours of credit from four-year universities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by the Princeton Review and U.S.News & World Report.

Contact the Lewis University office of transfer admissions at (815) 836-5250 or admissions@lewisu.edu for more information.

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National Louis University: NLU offers undergraduate programs designed for busy adults who want to complete their bachelor's degrees while managing life's other responsibilities. More than 70 percent of NLU students bring credits with them from a community college or other institution. With a generous transfer credit policy, and credit awarded for work and life experience, earning that degree may be closer than you thought possible.

NLU partners with Chicago's top community colleges to help make the transfer process seamless. Plus, take advantage of multiple scholarships available to transfer students, as well as discounted tuition rates for active-duty service members, veterans and their dependents.

Many students juggle personal and professional commitments while pursuing their education, and they appreciate the quality of education and convenience at NLU:

Flexible class schedules and the option to study online in some programs.

Small class sizes; accessible, experienced and dedicated faculty; and shared experiences with classmates that often result in lifelong personal and professional networks.

Rich cultural and economic diversity with students from varied backgrounds, ages and ethnicities.

Start the new year by making a commitment to finish your degree. Choose from several bachelor's degree programs, including:

Management (online and on-campus options)

Business administration

Early childhood education (type 04 certification)

Elementary education (type 03 certification)

Criminal justice

Psychology

Applied behavioral sciences

Winter classes start Jan. 7. For more information or to connect with an enrollment advisor, visit nl.edu/info or call (855) 658-4636.

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Northwestern College: Now is a great time for individuals to pursue a career in health information technology, also known as health information management. Two major pieces of federal legislation, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the migration to ICD-10, are fueling an unprecedented opportunity to get into the field. The HITECH Act provides financial incentives for all healthcare providers to switch from traditional paper records to electronic health records, and the ICD-10 legislation requires all medical claims to be filed using a coding classification system known as ICD-10-CM/PCS (the country currently uses the ICD-9-CM).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs in the health information management field or about 20 to 30 percent in new job growth over the currently employed and credentialed health information management work force. This growth, predicted through 2018, is anticipated to represent the acute care practice (hospital and ambulatory surgery clinics). Additional growth in the field also is expected in non-acute health care such as physician practices, nursing homes and home health care. Where physician practices have traditionally used a paper charting process, the move to electronic health records will generate new career opportunities that did not exist previously.

If you are interested in a health information technology career, call Northwestern College at (888) 205-2281 or visit nc.edu/HIT and take the next step. The health information technology program at Northwestern College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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South Suburban College: More than 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community-based facilities. They began a policy of welcoming all who wished to learn, regardless of wealth or previous academic experience.

Today there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States, most of which share common goals of quality, convenience and affordability with a commitment to lifelong learning. Community colleges allow students to positively impact their lives. They offer nearby locations, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition.

Students who attend community colleges also benefit from the smaller class sizes and increased personal attention from professors. The counseling, academic assistance, job placement and other student services offer the quality and accessibility that they need.

Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of more than 16,000. Located in suburban South Holland, SSC offers more than 50 career education and transfer programs awarding associate degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. The college's counselors work with students to develop an academic plan that will best help them to achieve all of their educational and career goals.

SSC also has numerous community outreach programs, including adult basic education, general education development, English as a second language, continuing education and much more. In addition, SSC's Business & Career Institute provides training, testing, consulting and economic and business development resources for the region.

SSC's tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities. The college also offers special rates for residents of Lake County, Ind. Full-time students can attend for just more than $3,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses. SSC's financial aid office will work to maximize student aid and tuition waivers, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for all students. Additionally, the REBOUND Program (tuition-free waiver for unemployed residents) courses are offered in 19 academic areas ranging from health care to technology within class sections that have the capacity for growth. Seats in these classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about South Suburban College, call (708) 210-5718 or visit ssc.edu.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale: All the brains of a nationally ranked research university. All the heart of a small college.

SIU Carbondale has everything students need to build their future, as well as all the support they need to launch it. We offer the facilities, programs, people and commitment to invest in innovations that improve the quality of life for all of our students. Here are just a few reasons SIU can keep that promise:

Initiative rewarded. We will make the transfer process as seamless as possible. We work hard to help transferring students navigate the admissions process, connect with special programs, secure financial aid and make sure that their hard work is recognized by transferring as many credits as we can.

Mentorship. More than 96 percent of our faculty members are full-time teaching and research professionals, dedicated to sharing what they know with a new generation of thinkers. It's the perfect balance of teaching and research - without compromising on either.

Recognition. SIU is a tier one university and one of the Top 100 Public Universities according to U.S.News & World Report. We were also named Best in the Midwest by Princeton Review. Among more than 200 majors, minors and specializations, our eight colleges and three schools offer a variety of top-ranked programs, including aviation and zoology.

So no matter where your student is in his or her college journey, SIU invites your family to visit campus and consider an education where big things are always within reach. Our transfer student open house is April 12. Learn more at siu.edu/transfer.

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Tribecca Flashpoint Academy: A venture with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Enterprises, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the industry's most well-known and respected media arts schools. It provides intensive direct-to-industry associate degree programs in filmmaking, game design, music recording, animation and graphic design.

New enrollment terms and credit transfer policies at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy help ease the transition of experienced students into TFA's digital media art programs.

"Although students always pick their first college with care, it's not uncommon to realize your real passion after a semester or two in the wrong program," says TFA Academic Dean Paula Froehle. "At Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, we do everything we can to keep incoming transfer students on track with their initial degree timeline, helping them graduate with a degree they love in as many or fewer years as they had originally intended."

With terms starting in January, June and September, students have several enrollment options to transfer without losing time.

"Our January enrollment term is especially suited for transfer students," Froehle says. "January students continue classes throughout the summer, catching up with the September enrollees by fall. January students will graduate along with the fall class, just 16 months after beginning their program."

In addition to time-saving enrollment terms, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy also accepts transfer credits for core courses such as English, humanities and mathematics. Transfer credits help lighten the course load for new students, giving them more time to immerse themselves in their discipline-specific classes.

Visit TFA at tfa.edu/admissions to schedule an admissions consultation or call (312) 332-0707.

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Triton College: Discover your personal success at Triton College. Triton is one of the nation's premier two-year institutions of higher education dedicated to student success. Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago in River Grove, the school offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs at its 100-acre campus that features state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly and diverse atmosphere.

In addition to its flagship programs of criminal justice, nursing and early childhood education, Triton also offers innovative programs and courses to prepare students to effectively compete in our global economy, realize their career aspirations and achieve personal growth.

At the Triton College University Center students can continue their studies for an undergraduate or graduate degree from Benedictine University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, National Louis University or Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Programs include general studies, business management, management information systems, fire service management, criminal justice, public administration, health care leadership, social work, elementary education and human services.

More than 15,000 students enroll at Triton each year to take advantage of Triton's small, accessible classes, qualified faculty and its affordability and financial assistance. Triton also offers adult education programs in English as a second language, cultural and recreational classes and is the sole provider for general education development preparation in the area.

Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Spring 2013 registration is now under way; classes start Jan. 23.

Triton College is at 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove; call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130, or visit www.triton.edu. To contact one of the universities in our university center, call the telephone number listed in our ad in this section.