Students visiting the North Central College President's residence on Veterans Day.

Student Veteran Testimonials

Learn more about what North Central College is really like for a veteran student from the people who know. These students have very different stories and they took very different paths to finding their way at North Central. Each one has used Cardinal First as a tool to help them along the way.

Find out how North Central can fit into your plan for success.

Janine Arriola

Army


"I am glad I chose to attend North Central College because the classes are small and you get to build a relationship not only with your classmates but with the faculty and staff. The certifying officer also does a great job certifying veterans early, allowing a smooth transition from term to term."

Janine Arriola

Joseph Geraci

Army


"I am glad I chose to attend North Central because I feel like a whole community is involved in my goals and is committed to my success."

Joseph Geraci

Denise Hoobyar-Womack

Navy


"I am glad I chose North Central. The professors are there to help you succeed in your goals and there are so many opportunities for involvement in the school and the community."

Denise Hoobyar-Womack

Tommie Hope

Army National Guard


"North Central College has exceeded my expectations. I find more love for the College every day I am here. I would not have picked any other school!"

Tommie Hope

Paul Lewis

Marines


“Since starting at North Central College, I can honestly say the community and staff have always been great. I was initially worried about how I would fit in—with me being a veteran and having been out of school for years—but due to the small town atmosphere this campus has, I feel like I’ve always been here. I’m happy I chose to attend North Central and I think experiences like this are what you need to better yourself and the world around you.”

Marine veteran and North Central College student Paul Lewis.

Joanna Pamal

Marines


"I'm glad I chose to go to North Central College because it is a great community within itself. I truly love working with all the staff and appreciate all that they have done for me since I started here."

Joanna Pamal

Francisco Segarra

Marines


"North Central College is a great place to go for any student but for a veteran it is the best place to go. I started my college career at a community college and the professors there were great, but it never felt like home. Upon my first visit to the North Central campus, I knew I had found my school. North Central offers a feeling of welcoming I did not find anywhere else. The College offers a world-class education. Unlike a university where you have class sizes of 200, at North Central the instructors provide personal attention and give you a sense that they care. I am happy with the choice I made and I am proud to be a Cardinal."

Francisco Segarra

Justin Stuursma

Army


“Going to North Central is the best decision you can make, especially in the long run financially. Getting back into the real world and getting used to what the real world actually does compared to what the military life is all about can be hard. I think college is the best way to transition and my time at North Central has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”

Justin Stuursma

Andrew Winter

Air Force


"As a military veteran student at North Central College, my personal and professional development benefited greatly from studying entrepreneurship and psychology. I enjoyed numerous courses in both subjects taught by professors with significant career experience in their field of instruction. The College staff in the Office of Veteran and Military Services provided multiple networking opportunities and continuous, up-to-date information regarding VA benefits at North Central.”

Andrew Winter

Edwin Exconde

Navy


"I have enjoyed my experience at North Central College. The professors bend over backwards to help students succeed. The staff working with veterans also go above and beyond to help student veterans with anything we may need. I highly recommend any veteran to attend North Central College."

Jose Pasindo

Marines


"I am glad I chose to attend North Central College because this college is truly focused on student success. Frequent events geared towards preparing students for the future are very beneficial. Plus, every professor and administrator I have met has been very supportive and open to offer help."