The history of the College of Lake County (CLC) dates back to 1967 when a referendum was passed to establish the community college district. In 1968, A. Harold Anderson and Paul W. Brandel donated 181 acres of land for establishing the Grayslake campus. The first classes were held in 1969 in a six-building pre-fabricated complex. The same year, a referendum was passed for the construction of a permanent campus. Over the years, the enrollment of students increased and more buildings including the A, B, C, and D wings, Performing Arts building and the Technology buildings were constructed on the campus.
Total enrollment is roughly 20,000. The campuses are located in the far northeastern suburbs of Chicago and operatesthrough three locations: Grayscale (Main Campus), Vernon Hills (Southlake Campus), and Waukegan (Lakeshore Campus). The other campus locations include the Great Lakes Center and the extension sites. Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association.
The college offers the following categories of educational programs:
- Transfer Education: Students looking to gain credits in order to transfer to a four-year college or university can enroll for the transfer education program. The degree programs offered in the Transfer Education category include: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), and Associate in Arts in Teaching (AA).
- Career Education: Students looking for education with the objective of finding career opportunities can enroll for the two-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree program or a shorter certificate program. The Associate in Applied Sciences degrees are available in communication arts, social sciences, science or mathematics, and humanities or fine arts. There are numerous certificate programs such as Accounting clerk, C++ programming, Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist, Multimedia Communications, Wireless Networking Security, and Wellness Coaching certificate programs.
- Developmental Education: Students who need to develop their math and language skills required for college-level courses and programs can enroll for the developmental education program. The Learning Assistance Center provides personal tutoring for students to improve their language and math skills.
The college also offers adult education programs and non-credit opportunities for workforce and professional development.
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To seek admission in the two-year associate’s degree program, students need to submit their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT score reports. The high school transcript should show successful completion of four years of English, three years of social science, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and two years of electives (music, vocational education, foreign language, or art). Alternatively, students can also appear for the Academic Proficiency Language test and Math Placement test.
International students must be at least 17 years of age and should have completed 12 years of formal education. If English is not their first language, they need to submit their TOEFL scores. They are also required to submit evidence of sufficient financial support and need to get the college/university transcript evaluated for credits.
Most forms of aids are need-based. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. The aid offered is in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time employment. Common federal grant options available to students include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) – for Illinois residents.
Students can also apply for loans such as Stafford – Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Students can opt for work-study programs, wherein they can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Common scholarships include: Elizabeth Meyer Memorial scholarships, Elliot W. Frank scholarships, North Shore Trust and Savings scholarships, Richard E. and Nedra K. Soller Forensics scholarships, and Grainger Tools For Tomorrow scholarships.
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The student body has a diverse profile of students representing different age groups, gender, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
The Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center provides valuable academic advice and directions for using college and career resources to the students. There is an Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) on the campus. The OSD uses Assistive Technology to assist students through a broad range of software and hardware services.
The campus features nationally accredited Child Care Centers for providing day care to children in the age group of 2-6 years. The Health center provides primary nursing and medical assistance to the students, staff, and faculty. The Career Center provides career guidance and job search assistance to students.
There is a Student Activities Office which gives the opportunity to the students to get involved in campus life. Other social opportunities for students include college activities like the Student Government, the literary journals (Willow Review and Prairie Voices), the student newspaper (Chronicle), the radio station, and the Prairie Spirits Dance Theatre.
Dining facilities are available at Lancers, a deli-style restaurant, and the Willows Room. The eating options at Lancers include pizza slices from Giordano’s, sandwiches from Subway, soups, salads, desserts, drinks, plus a daily special. The Willows Room offers complete meals and operates like a buffet. The College of Lake County does not provide on-campus housing.
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CLC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Skyway Community College Athletic Conference. Athletic teams compete in 13 intercollegiate sports. The women’s sports include: cross-country, softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and soccer. The men’s sports include: tennis, cross-country, baseball, golf, basketball, soccer, and wrestling.
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