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StartingUp Now Partners With North Park University’s School of Adult Learning To Offer Entrepreneurship Course for U.S. Military Veterans

- Tuesday, February 17, 2015



This summer, StartingUp Now will begin offering an 8-week entrepreneurship course at North Park University’s School of Adult Learning. The mission of StartingUp Now, to empower individuals to create profitable businesses through a values-based approach that fosters positive change in individuals and communities, clearly resonates with the mission of North Park University, which is to prepare students for lives of significance and service. 

This course will provide students with the information, resources, and tools to bring their business ideas to life. North Park University believes that StartingUp Now’s entrepreneurship curriculum and materials fit remarkably well into the course offerings of the School of Adult Learning. North Park’s existing curriculum included a course on entrepreneurship that had been on hiatus for some time; because the StartingUp Now course content fit the existing course description so well, it was the perfect opportunity to make this course available to students.

This course will also have a focus on serving the veteran community. While there is a consistent number of veterans enrolled at North Park, both in the School of Adult Learning and in other programs, the university recognizes a need for more intentional and consistent outreach to veterans.

The veteran students are highly motivated and committed to their own learning. They bring valuable life experience and considerable skills to the classroom, which contribute to the learning of other students, as well. If lives of significance and service are the hallmark of North Park students, then serving veterans, who have already demonstrated both significance and service in their lives, is precisely what this course supports. One of the distinctives of North Park University is its engagement with the urban setting, using Chicago as the classroom. Engaging with StartingUp Now and veterans from around the city builds a network and connections to the community.

The schedule of the course, meeting one evening per week for seven weeks, is designed for working adult students. In addition, online components of the course allow students to work and interact outside of class. These working, adult students are the “new normal” in higher education and the mission of the School of Adult Learning is to deliver excellent college-level learning opportunities in formats that accommodate post-traditional college students. Finally, each student will have the support of a School of Adult Learning academic advisor. These advisors help students navigate their university experience so that the students can focus on their learning.

North Park hopes to continue to develop a learning environment that will motivate and encourage veterans to pursue their degrees. Veterans and School of Adult Learning students will earn transferable college credit that can count toward a Bachelor’s degree at North Park University or any other regionally accredited college or university.


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