Elias is earning his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and plans to open his own dental practice someday. He came to North Central College after serving five years in the United States Marine Corps. North Central provides veterans like Elias with academic support and networking opportunities, along with individualized attention from faculty and staff like Julie Carballo, who oversees Veteran and Military-Affiliated Student Services.
The North Central College advantage:
“The staff and faculty at North Central College supported my goals by doing anything they could to ease the transition from active-duty military to full-time student. As I progressed through the biology department’s rigorous courses, I further developed my knowledge and confidence in my abilities as a scientist. The faculty in biology were extremely welcoming and helped me understand more than just the facts surrounding science but the ethics that drive it. In addition, the Student Veterans Alliance (on campus) offered great connections and an outlet to speak to other veterans going through the same process.”
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At North Central College, our students find that the preparation they do both in and out of the classroom doesn't just help them reach graduation. It launches their careers, whether they’re searching for employment or looking for top-tier graduate programs to continue pursuing their passion and goals. Every Cardinal has their own distinct path and their own story, so we've highlighted a few of them here. Read on to find out more about how these Cardinal Careers launched and let us know how we can help you discover your passion at North Central.