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Pero Atanasov earns Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award

Pero Atanasov
Pero Atanasov was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Pero Atanasov was honored with the Outstanding Major in Computer Science Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Atanasov is a graduating senior double-majoring in computer science and economics. After graduation he plans to begin a position as a software quality assurance (QA) engineer with Informatica, a leading provider of enterprise data integration software.

He is a recipient of the S.W. Kung Scholarship, which has financed his education after his family in his home of Macedonia could no longer assist him.

Biochemistry, computer science student earns Goldwater honorable mention

Grace Muganda '12, majoring in biochemistry and computer science, has earned an honorable mention in the Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

April 7, 2011—Grace Muganda says she has spent a lot of time in North Central College’s Science Center over the past four years, conducting independent research, working as a lab assistant and serving as a preceptor for various classes.

All those hours of hard work are paying dividends for Muganda, a senior double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science. She’s earned an honorable mention in the prestigious  Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship program.

North Central College begins academic year with near-record number of students

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.

Total enrollment is a near-record 2,800 undergraduates and 250 graduate students—3,050 total—eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the third straight year. The College welcomed 860 new full-time undergraduate students, up from 852 a year ago. That includes 580 first-year students, up from 529 a year ago. The 860 new undergraduates would be second only to the record-number 882 welcomed in fall 2010.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

North Central College is ranked No. 14 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. This is the 21st consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has ranked North Central College among America’s Best Colleges.

Brett Bush

During his winter break, Brett created a Pokédex—an online database of information related to the popular Pokémon video games. His newfound tech skills allow him to explore his interests in exciting new ways.

“Technology is my calling,” he says. “North Central’s computer science program exposed me to many programming languages, allowing me to pursue personal projects and a future career.”

Brett participated in a summer internship with Thomson Reuters, a multinational media and information firm. Working with professional programmers, Brett explored the computer industry and built connections for his career.

Brett plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science after graduation and hopes to teach programming to high school students. An artist too, he compares his computer knowledge to “a paintbrush.” With a vibrant palette of technological expertise, Brett says he has what he needs to paint a future in the computer industry.

“At North Central, you’ll be exposed to many programming languages and become a swift learner and confident programmer. Most importantly, you’ll learn to apply the skills you learn to real-life situations.”  

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

North Central College alumnus Tom Musgrave finalist for CIO of the year award

North Central College alumnus Tom Musgrave has been named a finalist for a 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Award.

North Central College alumnus Tom Musgrave has been named a finalist for a 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Award.

Chief information officers and those in equivalent positions are selected based on their contributions in innovation, leadership, business value and community involvement. Winners will be announced Oct. 31 at the 16th Annual Georgia CIO of the Year Awards breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

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