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Northwestern College is launching a new online bachelor’s degree in early childhood that leads to teaching licensure, preparing graduates to teach PK through third grade. The program begins Jan. 10.

Northwestern College is making its ninth appearance on the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list compiled by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Northwestern was recognized as an adoption advocate and ranked fourth in the education industry for 2021.

The Northwestern College theatre department will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Oct. 28–30 and Nov. 4 and 6 in the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center’s England Theatre. The show will begin at 7:30 each of those evenings; there will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Northwestern College will begin offering micro-credentials this fall to help a wide variety of constituents differentiate themselves in the workplace. The micro-credentialing program is a joint effort between Northwestern’s Center for Innovation & Leadership and its Graduate School & Adult Learning.

Northwestern College will present the Music Department Showcase Concert on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

Northwestern College is ranked sixth among 76 Midwestern regional colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges guidebook. Northwestern is also one of 33 Best Value Schools and 38 institutions cited as Top Performers on Social Mobility.

For the third consecutive year, Northwestern College has set enrollment records. This fall’s enrollment is 1,585, up more than 2% from last year’s record of 1,546.

Northwestern College’s latest psychology graduates scored in the top 4% on the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology, a national standardized test that assesses mastery of key concepts and principles.

Members of the public are invited to join Northwestern College students, faculty and staff for the dedication of the Frank and Lois Vogel Welcome Center. Tours of the new facility will follow the 4:30 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Sept. 17.

Seven NWC graduates will be honored at the Athletic Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 18. Dr. Jeremy Bolluyt, Karen (Hutson) Ettleman, Ben Miller and Mitch Peschon will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Brandt Carlson and Josh Potter will receive Coach of the Year honors, and the Barnabas Award will be given to Jessica (Wedel) Bulthuis.

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