Career Preparation

P.A.C.E. students train for a career, not just a job. As professional assistants in training, they set goals, develop a deep understanding of their field of interest, and over time, find employment in positions that benefit from their skill development and practice.

P.A.C.E. students accumulate more than 1,000 hours of actual work experience in three internship settings. They are preparing for careers in fields such as adult care, early childhood, food service, general office, supply and distribution, housekeeping, animal care, health care, and hospitality. Vocational training includes classroom work as well as on-the-job instruction, and is designed to help P.A.C.E. students find a field of interest suitable for lifelong employability and personal growth.

During their first year, they explore a variety of fields and, in the second year, many develop career goals based on their specific interests and abilities. Students are also well prepared for the actual job search process upon completion of the program.

Career Partners

Our career partners, the businesses and organizations that employ P.A.C.E. students and may also serve as internship sites, include:

  • Banner Pre-School Health Star
  • Bright Horizons Childcare
  • Cassiday Schade LLP
  • Catholic Charities
  • Century Theaters
  • Chestnut Square Adult Care
  • Council for the Jewish Elderly
  • Crème de la Crème Daycare Center
  • Double Tree Hotel
  • Evanston Northwestern Health Care
  • Hampton Inns & Suites
  • Harkness House for Children
  • Hyatt Residence
  • Kohl Children’s Museum
  • Lutheran General Children’s Services
  • Lutheran General Hospital
  • Mather Lifeways
  • McGaw Evanston YMCA
  • National-Louis University
  • Pinstripes Bowling and Bocce Ball Center
  • Pitney Bowes Management Services
  • Ravinia Festival
  • RUSH North Shore Medical Center, Skokie
  • Sodexho Campus Food Services
  • TJ Maxx
  • Walgreen’s
Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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