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Faculty & Academic Programs

Academic Programs Designed for First-Gen Students

North Central has developed academic programs and networks of expert faculty to support you in your major and career goals. Multiple academic areas offer first-gen specific programming designed largely by first-gen faculty. Contact us and we can connect you with the right faculty member!

Find your Cardinal First Peers & Mentors

You will never be far from another first-generation college student at North Central College. We are especially proud of the many faculty, staff and graduate assistants at North Central who were first-generation students. These members of the campus community proudly display signs outside their offices showcasing their first-gen status, seek to mentor our first-gen students and actively engage in first-gen programs. We encourage you to reach out to these accomplished individuals for support as you progress through your college experience.

Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo

"I'm a proud first-generation college student, and a proud supporter of Cardinal First."

Dr. Caliendo with students

Dr. Nicole Rivera

"I am proud to be a part of a program that shows our students what it means to be a part of the Cardinal family."

Dr. Rivera with students

Dr. Donnavieve Smith

"I am honored to be a part of Cardinal First. The program offers a wealth of support and a sense of community. Participating in Cardinal First greatly enhances a student’s experience at North Central."

Dr. Smith in classroom

First-Generation Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff