Colleges share news of programs, events

Here what’s happening at the schools participating in this guide.

South Suburban College: Over 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions at community-based facilities. 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 offer nearby locations, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition. Students benefit from smaller class sizes and increased personal attention from professors. The counseling, academic assistance, job placement and other student services offer quality and accessibility.

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 South Holland, Illinois, SSC offers over 50 career education and transfer programs awarding Associate Degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), 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.

Full-time students can attend for just over $3,000 a year near home, saving thousands of dollars in 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.

Summer class sessions begin Mondays June 3 and 10. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to get your college education started at South Suburban College, visit or contact the SSC Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

Indiana University Northwest: Indiana University Northwest is an ideal choice for adult learners who wish to return to college while still immersed in the duties of their busy lives.

Those with work and domestic commitments can still find time to pursue their degree thanks to flexible options for courses and degree completion, most notably a growing number of online offerings and both day and evening courses. Scholarships are available for both adult and transfer students, as well as for those who live in Illinois.

Prospective students are invited to learn more at the campus’s inaugural Adult Learner Preview Night at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, in the Savannah Center, located at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.

Those who are new to college or have previously earned college credits at another higher education institution are invited to speak with faculty members, learn about academic programs, tour the campus, and attend a financial aid and admissions presentation.

IU Northwest’s academic units include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education.

Classes at IU Northwest are taught by committed faculty members with academic and professional expertise in their fields, and small class sizes ensure that students receive valuable personalized attention from instructors.

The campus is just a half-mile from I-80/94 at Broadway. The University Center in Portage, Ind., provides a convenient off-campus location where students may take some of their required courses. To attend the Adult Learner Preview Night, please RSVP by May 24 by calling (219) 981-4348.

Coyne College: As the health care field continues to grow, so does the need for qualified health care providers. In as little as 12 months, Coyne College’s new Physical Therapist Aide program will give you the comprehensive education you need to successfully assist physical therapists and their clients in a variety of therapy and rehabilitation settings.

At Coyne, our staff of dedicated instructors will teach you valuable skills through our hands-on approach to training. Plus, the Physical Therapist Aide program includes an externship which will give you real-world experience in a rehabilitation center, home health care setting, clinical setting, or a skilled nursing facility preparing you to confidently enter the field.

Physical Therapist Aide courses include: Medical Terminology; Anatomy and Physiology; Physical Therapist Aide and Procedures; Law and Ethics and Medical Office Procedures and are offered at Coyne’s Loop campus, located at 230 W. Monroe, Suite 400, in Chicago.

With diploma programs available for completion in as little as 10 months and with associate degree programs in as little as 16-1/2 months, there’s never been a better time to be Made in Coyne. For more information visit

Chamberlain College of Nursing: This spring, the Chamberlain College of Nursing launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Chamberlain’s DNP degree program is designed for the advanced practice nurse (APRN) seeking the highest level of clinical competency.

The curriculum focuses on understanding and applying research in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, population health, informatics and healthcare policy.

“Healthcare delivery is evolving to focus more heavily on illness prevention and specialized models of care that address a diverse patient population,” said Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, director of graduate programs for Chamberlain. “Chamberlain’s DNP degree program prepares nurses to fill critical leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings, overseeing the implementation of such reforms. Graduates will bridge the knowledge gap between research and practice to provide greater patient safety and continuous quality improvement.”

In the 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” the Institute of Medicine recommended doubling the proportion of nurses with a doctoral degree by 2020. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing echoes this recommendation.

“Chamberlain’s evidence-based project and practicum focus prepares APRNs to implement solutions for some of the most pressing issues they will confront in their professional roles,” said Patricia Fedorka, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNE, professor in Chamberlain’s DNP degree program. “APRNs who obtain this DNP degree will have the knowledge to apply proven research in direct patient care to improve delivery processes and strengthen the foundation of healthcare.”

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