Community Service Part of College's Curriculum

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Byline: Diane Dassow

Students at the National College of Chiropractic don't wait until graduation to put their helping hands to work.

They don't even wait until their last two trimesters, when they work as interns and perform manipulations and adjustments for patients in the college's clinic.

Despite long hours of study, the Lombard school's students typically volunteer in the community throughout their five-year program, said student Rhonda Button. Some interns go out to libraries and organizations to give community education programs.

But that's not all they do.

In May, a group of 30 students helped clean out a basement for Family Shelter Services, a network of women's shelters.

"It was so great," Button said. "We got done so fast we wound up going to another shelter."

In June, a smaller group helped with the DuPage County River Sweep. And in July, many students were involved with the Ride for Kids to benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

These students feel that learning to give to the community is as important as learning science, diagnostic and treatment techniques. There's another benefit, as well, for the 800 NCC students.

"Many are from different states or Canada and are living in the Lombard area while attending school," Button said. …