Northwestern College (Illinois)
Northwestern College (NC), formerly Northwestern Business College, is an institution of higher education offering associate in applied science degree programs and certificate programs. It has no affiliation with Northwestern University.
Chicago’s oldest career college, Northwestern Business College (NBC) founded in 1902 by J.F. Fish, is a privately owned for-profit College. The Northwestern Business College opened its doors at 1747 N. Robey Street (later Damen Avenue) offering programs in accounting and stenography.
By 1918, the College had outgrown its space and relocated to the Logan Square area of Chicago. Fish sold the College in 1930.
The College was sold again in the mid-1930s to Myrtle M. Voss. During her ownership, one of the students, Violet Schumacher, so impressed Voss that she hired her as a receptionist before she had completed her studies. Violet Schumacher rapidly advanced from that position to admissions representative to director of admissions to registrar and, finally, to director of the College.
In 1958, Violet Schumacher and her husband Edward Schumacher purchased Northwestern Business College from Voss. The slow, yet steady growth of the College continued under Schumacher’s guidance.
In the 1970s, Northwestern Business College significantly increased its enrollment. Continued growth led to relocation in Chicago; during this period Violet Schumacher’s children came to work for the College.
In 1977, Lawrence Schumacher and Nancy Kucienski formed Lancelot, Incorporated and purchased Northwestern Business College from their mother. Lawrence became president of the College and spearheaded expansion of NBC’s programs beyond business, focusing on fields that offered significant employment opportunities such as travel and tourism, computer programming, and word processing. The College continued to grow and purchased land on the Northwest side of Chicago. Construction of a new campus began in 1983; the following year the College moved to the new, larger facility and added programs in medical assisting and hospitality management.
In 1987, Northwestern College added a second campus, leasing space in Palos Hills, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Because the campus grew quickly, the College constructed a new facility in nearby Hickory Hills, IL in 1990. Expansion continued; in 2001 the College opened a third campus, a rented space in Naperville, IL in the western suburbs. Needing to accommodate growth yet again, the NBC southwest campus moved to its current location, a completely remodeled 88,000 square foot facility in Bridgeview, IL in 2003.
The 1990s were marked by a series of exciting new developments, including new programs and achieving accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2002, the College celebrated its 100th anniversary, and in 2007 President Lawrence Schumacher assumed sole ownership. In 2008, the College changed its name from Northwestern Business College to Northwestern College to reflect its greatly expanded course offerings. The HLC extended NC’s accreditation to include distance delivery of three degree programs in 2008, an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology in 2009, and an A.A.S. degree in Nursing in 2010.
Although business courses have always been and continue to be an important part of the College’s degree programs, it became clear in the 21st century that the College had become much more than a business school. In November 2008, President Schumacher notified HLC that the College’s Board of Directors had approved a name change from Northwestern Business College to Northwestern College effective December 5, 2008. On December 8, 2008, The HLC informed the College of its approval of the name change, a change which did not affect the status of the institution.
The Bridgeview campus, located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue serves the southwest suburbs as well as those residing in the communities surrounding Midway Airport.
The Virtual Campus is a form of distance education which allows students to earn their degrees while taking classes online.
The College consists of four academic schools:
- the School of Commerce & Technology offers associate degrees and certificates
- the School of Legal Studies offers associate degrees and certificates
- the School of Health Sciences offers associate degrees and certificates
- the School of Nursing offers an associate degree
NC offers associate degrees in the following programs:
- Administrative Assisting
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
- Executive Accounting
- Health Information Technology
- Human Resources Management
- Information Management Systems
- Massage Therapy
- Medical Assisting
- Radiologic Technology
NC offers certificates in the following programs:
- Health Care Billing/Coding Specialist
- Massage Therapy
Services to Students
Northwestern College has resources available to support students from enrollment to graduation and even beyond. Among them are:
- academic advising
- financial assistance
- peer and professional tutors
- counseling services
- services for students with disabilities
- clubs, organizations, and honors societies
- new student orientation
- lifetime employment assistance
- library/resource center
- college bookstore
Scholarships for Incoming Students
- Academic Scholarship
- Achievement Scholarship
- Board of Directors Scholarship
- Centennial Scholarship
- Community Scholarship
- Early Incentive for High School Seniors
- Educational Achievement Scholarship
- First Responders Scholarship
- Merit Scholarship
- Military and Family Scholarship
- Presidential Scholarship
- Transfer Student Scholarship
Scholarships for Continuing Students
- Daniel Lawrence Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Part-Time Students
- Departmental Scholarships
- Vice Presidential Scholarship
- Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Northwestern College is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).
- The Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- The Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
- The Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology(JRCERT).
- The Administrative Assisting, Business Administration, and Executive Accounting Associate in Applied Science Degree programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
- The Paralegal degree and certificate programs are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
- Northwestern College is approved by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service as an institution of higher education for training international students.
- Associate Degree Programs, Northwestern College. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- Certificate Programs, Northwestern College. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- Scholarships, Northwestern College. Retrieved 2010-05-27.