By Catherine L. Tully
Once the primary grades are over and high school is a thing of the past, moving on to a college education is something that many people consider at some point. Schaumburg has a variety of options for those looking for quality higher education opportunities to broaden their knowledge base and increase their own employability — or for parents looking at those “next steps” for their children.
Roosevelt University’s Albert A. Robin Campus in Schaumburg serves nearly 3,000 students and is the largest university in the northwest suburbs. It officially opened in 1996 after an extensive building renovation. The campus has 61 classrooms, student lounges, a bookstore and ample parking, with easy access to public transportation.
Boasting state-of-the-art computer systems and science laboratories, Roosevelt’s administration and faculty continually update the programming available to students. Ample space at the facility is available for expansion as needed.
One new offering exclusive to Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus is a degree completion program for nurses that began in fall 2007. This program is aimed at registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in their field; courses are specifically designed to prepare them to become leaders in clinical nursing.
Another higher education option in the area is The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg. Degree programs at this school include Interior Design, Digital Media Production and Graphic Design, to name a few. Founded in 1916, this school was one of the first applied art and design schools in the United States and continued to grow and expand, winding up at the Schaumberg location in 1983. In 1995, the college joined The Art Institutes, a network of 35 colleges throughout the U.S., and has continued to grow and evolve.
Harper College on Algonquin Road in nearby Palatine is another local higher education option. Offering a variety of degrees, Harper also has certificate programs in fields such as heathcare and computer information systems. Its “fast track” program can be a great option for students looking to go to class just once a week and still earn an associate degree in two years.
Already well-known for their online programs, the University of Phoenix has a Schaumburg campus where both undergraduate and graduate classes are held. This location offers a wide variety of business classes for part- and full-time students, with specializations in areas such as management, marketing and administration.
A Flexible and Practical Approach Makes A Difference at The Goddard School
By DJ Janezick
It’s no secret that educating the very young in today’s information-driven society presents challenges unlike anything faced by educators before. For Donna Kroll, Director at The Goddard School in Schaumburg, overcoming these challenges requires a flexible, creative approach, an open mind and unique, progressive attitudes toward helping young minds reach their full potential.
“Learning through daily play,” is the driving philosophy at Goddard, according to Kroll. “In a monitored, playful environment, we encourage the children to explore all avenues for their creativity,” she says, stressing that skills are developed in a wide range of learning environments. Even though the facility is as up-to-date and technologically advanced as possible, it’s a welcoming atmosphere where learning and playing go hand-in-hand. For example, Kroll explains, children learn math skills by measuring sand in buckets as they build sand castles in the school’s two playgrounds. “We help them learn through creative arts, while also developing their music skills.”
Whereas many schools offer only a fundamental education, The Goddard School’s programs are designed to enhance emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development.
“We believe education starts from the very beginning,” Kroll stresses, and the school has programs for children from six weeks to six years of age. “They participate in everything from athletics that build motor skills to computers and Spanish. We’ll begin teaching sign language at nine months old.”
Yoga and healthy eating help strengthen young bodies and promote inner health. The variety of programs offered even reaches beyond the traditional mold to provide students whole new levels of experience. Children are encouraged to use the skills they’ve learned as tools to apply practical solutions to challenges in their young lives.
No system as varied and innovative as Goddard’s could succeed for very long without the devotion, caring and understanding of a highly-trained staff, all of whom are First Aid and CPR-certified and take early childhood education classes every year at the Goddard Systems, Inc. training department in Pennsylvania.
Kroll says, “The youngest students get the most one-on-one attention, whereas older students are supervised according to individual needs.” Teachers are encouraged to “freely tailor their lesson plans, with the administration’s guidance, to meet the needs of their students, since they interact with them daily.” www.goddardschool.com