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Take Five. A Moment with Our Alumni – Dr. Jon Coles

Here’s how Dr. Jon Coles, NCU graduate, turned his dissertation on the balancing of parental support for collegiate athletes into a winning topic for blog interviews and international podcast.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Amber Ciccanti, DBA in Criminal Justice

Dr. Amber Ciccanti, an NCU graduate with a DBA in Criminal Justice, retired as a police sergeant and today is pursuing her second passion, teaching as a full-time professor. Her experience has led her to create Calming Sirens, an event that brings together public safety officials and members of the special needs population to teach these individuals that police, fire and EMTs are not to be feared.

Take Five. A Moment with Our Alumni – Dr. Samose L. Mays

From homeless to doctoral graduate, Dr. Samose L. Mays, NCU graduate with a Doctor of Education in Athletic Administration, provides his tips to overcome the challenges faced by online students.

Take Five. A Moment With Our Alumni – Jenita Bonisa

Jenita Bonisa tells us why she counted on NCU to help make her dream of owning her own business come true. After 12 years as an elementary school teacher in the Indianapolis Public Schools, she returned to college and earned her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in General Business from NCU in December of 2015.

Alumni Spotlight: James "Jimmy" Sheets, Ph.D.

Northcentral University graduates go on to lead fascinating lives. We are talking with Dr. Jimmy Sheets who graduated in June 2017 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy. Dr. Sheets is currently working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Take Five. A Moment With Our Alumni – Dr. Susan Paris

Serving in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 1981, Dr. Susan Paris was a Medical Laboratory Technician (92B). Her proudest moment of her military career was providing medical support to the 2nd Armored Division during Wintrex, a training exercise in Germany.

Take Five. A Moment With Our Alumni – Dr. Timothy E. Hill

Earning his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Dr. Timothy E. Hill is currently a Functional Analyst, Senior Principal for CACI, International, Inc., an information technology company headquartered in Arlington, VA.

2017 Alumni of the Year

Northcentral University recognizes its alumni contributions by honoring graduates who have imparted lasting change in their community or organization with their NCU degree.

Jennie De Gagne, PhD in Education with a specialization in education technology management, 2009

NCU Graduate Found His True Calling Marriage and Family Therapy

A rabbi and a therapist walk into a classroom ... No, this isn't the start of a joke. It was, in fact, the start of Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch's journey to find his true calling.

Schonbuch was always interested in psychology, but with a large family and professional obligations demanding his attention, he didn't have the luxury of pursuing his passion as a traditional student. He researched online programs and found NCU.



Graduate Chose NCU for the 100% Online Flexibility

As a young man just out of high school and entering the Air Force, Dr. Bobby Martin didn't see the value of continued education.  He spent his free time at parties instead of libraries.  When he left the military after four years, he was faced with the reality that no one would hire him.  He was married, with a child and doing odd jobs.  He decided to return to the military, but with a different mindset.

"I had experienced what it was like to be under-educated, so I figured let's see what it's like to be educated," Martin said.


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