Local schools share news students can use

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

Coyne College: The technology driving heating, cooling and refrigeration systems has made unbelievable advancements in the past century. The installation and maintenance processes that these complex systems undergo have begun to place a greater demand on construction trades like HVAC-R, a staple program offered at Coyne College in Chicago.

After the housing bust of 2007-2009, the eventual recovery of the market has increased the need for HVAC-R practitioners who can handle sophisticated systems. Employment for HVAC-R professionals is expected to grow by 34 percent from 2010 to 20201. This rapid growth has influenced schools like Coyne College to continually train HVAC-R students to manage a wide variety of new technologies.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC-R systems generally need renovation every 10 to 15 years. At the same time, there is a growing national emphasis being placed on energy efficiency and pollution reduction. Coyne College builds its curriculum and training practices with these trends in mind. In fact, Coyne has stood its ground and watched Chicago thrive for more than a century while building a legacy in training HVAC-R professionals for whatever the future holds.

With a hands-on approach to learning and industry-experienced faculty, Coyne’s HVAC-R program prepares students to install, operate, troubleshoot and service domestic and commercial systems. To see what it’s like be a part of Coyne’s history of success, call (800) 496-1317 or visit www.CoyneForSuccess.com today.

Coyne College: It’s no secret that physical activity has dynamically changed with each passing generation. Along with these moving trends, the need for trained physical therapist aides from schools like Coyne College in Chicago has also significantly risen.

The baby boomer generation is expected to demand the greatest need for physical therapist aides in cities like Chicago. In fact, employment of physical therapist aides is expected to increase by 43 percent from 2010 to 2020 — much faster than the average for most occupations.

Coyne College is prepared to meet a work force challenge of this magnitude. The school’s steady presence in Chicago for more than a century has helped it adapt to changes in varying sectors over time, especially construction trades and allied health. This adaptive ethic is what sets Coyne’s graduates apart from others. Industry-standard training from experienced faculty prepares students for a variety of careers within their respective fields.

Coyne College’s physical therapist aide program takes a hands-on approach to learning. Aside from classroom work, students gain real-world experience through externships in a variety of clinical settings, including rehabilitation centers and nursing facilities. From there, graduates are ready to assist physical therapists and their clients in therapy and rehabilitation settings.

To find out what it’s like become a part of Coyne’s history of success, call (800) 496-1317 or visit www.CoyneForSuccess.com today.

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 www.rosalindfranklin.edu.

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 www.iun.edu or call (888) 968-7486.

University of St. Francis: USF is a Catholic, liberal arts institution that serves 3,400 students nationwide. It offers 44 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs, 18 graduate programs and two doctoral programs. Fields of study include arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work.

Recognized as a top Midwestern college by both U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review and named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine, USF has seen exciting growth on campus this year. Administrators launched an entrepreneurship major, an intermodal transportation institute, an English language and acculturation program, a preparation program for school principals, an RN to BSN fast-track program in nursing and a revamped MBA program. In the athletic arena, the USF men’s cross country team won the 2012 NAIA national championship and numerous other accolades have been earned by student athletes in all sports.

Visit www.stfrancis.edu to learn more or attend a spring visit event at the university, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Admissions counselors will be present to answer questions and application fees will be waived for attendees. More information about arrival and parking will be available when you RSVP to (800) 735-7500 or www.stfrancis.edu.