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The Chicago Semester, an off-campus program sponsored by Trinity Christian College and five other colleges in the Midwest, earned accolades as the Experiential Education Program of the Year from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).

Nearing its third decade, Chicago Semester provides internships throughout the city for 60 to 70 students in a wide range of fields, including the humanities, communications, law, social work, and business. Each participant works 32 hours per week for three months at entities such as the Mayor's office, corporations, hospitals, theaters, and non-profit agencies.

"The Chicago Semester is a tremendous initiative for our students," said Dr. Burt Rozema, Trinity's dean of academic services. "They get a genuine feel of the working world that reinforces what they learn in the classroom. That kind of experience will prove invaluable in the long run."

The NSEE, a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders, serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide. Its award recognizes outstanding higher education institutions that demonstrate exceptional commitment to those opportunities in their classrooms or on their campuses.

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