March 16, 2020 


UPDATED: Campus closes, college continues classes with alternative delivery  

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, College of Lake County recently modified the alternative delivery plan with additional precautions. Effective March 17, CLC campuses are closed to students, community members and non-essential employee functions. Select employees will conduct the essential work needed to continue college business on campus.  


“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the college, we've taken these actions to uphold our part in the public health responsibility of containing and slowing the spread of the virus,” CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick said. “Protecting the well-being of our students, employees and communities while ensuring high-quality learning is our priority.” 


Faculty members are preparing for instruction in alternative learning formats this week. While alternative delivery for students will continue as originally planned, all in-person labs and other exceptions are no longer allowed on campus. Additionally, all healthcare clinical sites are suspended until further notice. While college campuses will remain closed through April 12, 2020, core operations and learning will continue.  


To maintain access and success for students, the college has shifted to virtual support services including tutoring, advising and counseling to minimize the risk of transmission.  


“I encourage everyone to be flexible as we make these transitions in support of students and our faculty,” Suddick added. “I am confident we can navigate emerging issues together in ways that can achieve the best outcomes for learning.”   


CLC will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates from the CDC, Illinois Department of Health and Lake County Health Department as the college navigates the best way serve its community and progress learning in the ongoing circumstances.   


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Five crowd-pleasing productions on tap for CLC Theatre’s 50th season in 2019-20

As the College of Lake County Theatre department celebrates its 50th season in 2019-20, productions include a beloved children’s classic, a dramatic comedy incorporating ‘90s pop culture, a timeless Shakespearean comedy, the annual student showcase and an award-winning musical featuring Cinderella and other classic fairy tale characters. For more information, visit


College of Lake County opens Spring Semester registration

Make 2020 the year you begin your bachelor’s degree, work toward an associate degree or certificate, start a new career or develop your talents at the College of Lake County! Spring Semester classes begin Jan. 21, and registration is now open. View course offerings, both classroom-based and online, and learn how to become a CLC student at

Nearly 200 Lake County residents will have the opportunity to advance their education for free thanks to a new Transform Lake County grant. Administered by the Illinois Community College Board, the grant serves residents throughout Lake County, with special emphasis on North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion.

Grant funds will cover all tuition and fees, course materials, textbooks, industry exam fees and a scholarship to assist with living expenses such as childcare, housing and transportation. The funding allows eligible students to earn a certificate in one of nine programs, from auto collision repair to healthcare office assistant. For details on the grant, contact Ashley Ward at or (847) 543-2390.

CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission Partnership allows CLC students to be admitted to one of 31 local, regional or international partner institutions by meeting program requirements. This ensures a seamless transfer of credit to the four-year colleges and universities. Participating colleges and universities range from The American Business School in Paris to Arizona State University to close to home at Northern Illinois University. For a full list, visit or call (847) 543-2090.

To learn more about how classes at CLC can lead to a good career, attend a free information session this spring.  Each session lasts about an hour and includes an overview of the career field, salary, job outlook and educational requirements. View a schedule of information sessions by academic division at

If you need to complete a GED (high school equivalency), learn English as a Second Language or build basic competency in reading, writing and math, the Adult Education and ESL division offers free courses at all three campuses and other Lake County locations that also begin in January. To learn more, call (847) 543-2021, visit or email Or visit Building 4 on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

For information on enrolling at CLC, call (847) 543-2090, visit or stop by the Welcome and One Stop Center, 19351 W. Washington St. Assistance is also available at the Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, and the Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills.



CLC marks 50th anniversary with 50 free events. Beginning with the May 2019 commencement ceremony, the college launched a series of events designed to celebrate CLC’s 50 years of impacting lives in Lake County and beyond. Sept. 25 marked 50 years after the first classes began with 12 months of events designed to allow a wider Lake County population to experience the college’s diverse offerings.


New CLC President Lori Suddick, Ed. D., begins duties. The college’s seventh president, Dr. Suddick joined CLC in May 2018 following a nationwide search. She previously served for nine years as vice president of learning and chief academic officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wis. Under Dr. Suddick’s leadership, CLC developed a new strategic plan through 2024. The plan focuses on six strategic pillars: Access & Success for Students; Equity & Inclusion; Teaching & Learning Excellence; Community & Workforce Partnerships; Collaborative Culture; and Strategic Use of Resources.


CLC implements or plans new upgrades for all three campuses. The college’s $163 million master plan, initiated by former CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber and approved by the Board of Trustees in 2012, resulted in several new and upgraded facilities that opened within the last four years. At the Grayslake Campus, highlights include: $28.3 million Science & Engineering Building, new Café Willow, updated heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, new Welcome and One Stop Center and renovated library. The Southlake (Vernon Hills) Campus added a state-of-the-art chemistry lab and the Lakeshore (Waukegan) Campus is planning a $48 million expansion.

In addition to the master-plan improvements at Grayslake, the campus opened the Baxter Innovation Lab in fall 2018. Funded by Baxter International, Inc., the lab is a non-profit instructional makerspace/fab lab and the first public lab of its kind in Lake County.


Lakeshore Campus hires new dean, launches renewed commitment to students. A Waukegan native, Jesus Ruiz, M.A.Ed. became dean of the Lakeshore Campus in fall 2019. He held a prior position as director of community engagement and pipeline initiatives at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. His community involvement in Waukegan included leadership roles for United Way of Lake County and several other organizations. Ruiz holds a B.S. in biology from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A.Ed. degree in higher education leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Currently, he is a doctoral student at Illinois State University, focusing on educational administration and foundations, with a specialty in equity, inquiry and research.

In fall 2018, CLC unveiled a new campaign known as the Lakeshore Commitment, a redoubling of its efforts to make the campus a one-stop source for education. Lakeshore is now providing more courses than ever, guaranteed course offerings, a wider selection of starting times and a stronger emphasis on helping students progress to graduation.


College recognized for high educational quality standards in re-accreditation. In fall 2017, CLC received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, which ensures educational quality and compliance with federal regulations for about 1,300 institutions in a 19-state region. CLC received the highest possible rating on more than 120 criteria. The rating demonstrates the college meets quality standards for the rigor of its academic programs, assisting students financially and with educational support, managing its finances and planning for future needs. Accreditation entitles CLC to continue disbursing federal financial aid, participating in federally funded programs and issuing degrees and certificates.


New Promise Scholarship Program launches. In fall 2017, CLC launched the new initiative to help eligible high school seniors afford college and graduate from CLC as close to debt-free as possible. The Promise Scholarship Program covers the gap between federal and state financial aid and tuition and fees. It encourages students to develop a two-year academic plan, create a career or transfer plan and participate in leadership and professional development activities. For details, visit


College launches new Employer Partnership Program. In 2016, CLC began a program that allows local businesses to participate at three different levels: gold, silver and bronze. Participation can range from serving on career advisory committees to providing tax-deductible donations of equipment to offering internships. Gold-level partners include AbbVie, Advocate Health Care, Cancer Treatment Centers of American, Grainger, NorthShore University Health System and more.


CLC and superintendents of 12 high schools formally launch a partnership. The agreement, launched in 2015, calls for mutual idea-sharing and work on issues ranging from increasing the college readiness of high school graduates to creating more opportunities for college credit in the high schools, often referred to as “dual credit.”  The high schools in the alliance include: Antioch, Grayslake (Central and North), Grant, Lakes, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Round Lake, Warren Township, Wauconda, Waukegan and Zion-Benton (including New Tech High School at Zion-Benton East).


College goes smoke-free. Implementing the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, CLC became a smoke-free college at all three CLC campuses on Jan. 1, 2015. CLC’s tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of tobacco cigarettes and any nicotine delivery device, including e-cigarettes. CLC also continues to comply with the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. For details, visit


College establishes Center for International Education. In January 2010, CLC established a Center for International Education, which serves as a central office to handle recruitment and issues of international students as well as many other international programs and activities for students and faculty. Since then, hundreds of students from more than 50 countries have enrolled at CLC, prompting some observers to describe the campus as a “mini United Nations.” For details on the Center, visit


About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit


$117K grant from Baxter funds first Lake County Maker Week at CLC


Funded by a $117,000 grant from the Baxter International Foundation, College of Lake County (CLC) presents the first of a multi-year STEM and entrepreneurial Lake County Maker Week aimed at K through 12 students. The inaugural event takes place April 18-25, 2020 and includes a 4-H Robotics Showcase, Lake County Robotics Competition, Big Idea Jr. (a “Shark Tank” type of event), Rube Goldberg competition and culminates with the first Maker Faire Lake County. All Maker Week events will be located on CLC’s Grayslake Campus and open to the public. 

Funding from the Baxter International Foundation will be used in part to purchase robotics kits for the Lake County Robotics Competition as well as the 4-H Robotics Showcase. Each kit features 650 building elements, including aluminum and plastic pieces, connectors, wheels, several motors, batteries and two controllers, including one that allows either programmed or driver-controlled operation. The CLC Engineering Transfer department is partnering with the Holly Kim Foundation to run this first-ever Lake County Robotics Competition. The department is also working with the University of Illinois Extension in Grayslake to facilitate the 4-H Robotics Showcase.  

Maker Week seeks to increase awareness and participation of STEM and entrepreneurship activities in the Lake County community. Maker Week and its associated activities are intended to grow the “maker” and entrepreneurial culture by providing a shared space for STEM, Maker, entrepreneur enthusiasts and professionals to exchange ideas. This program will broadly increase involvement by K-12 students in STEM-related activities, particularly those in underfunded districts. 


Maker Faire Lake County 

Maker Faire Lake County is the flagship event of Maker Week. Held on Monday, April 25 in CLC’s Physical Education Center on the Grayslake Campus, Maker Faire Lake County will be interactive and educational in all kinds of ways. From simple conversations and detailed explanations to amazing, do-it-yourself demonstrations, Maker Faire is all about participation and sharing. Makers develop exhibits with hands-on activities as well as present their innovations and unusual objects.  

Makers see the possible and then make it happen.  The goal of the Maker Faire is to bring as many Lake County makers together to celebrate the multifaceted fields of making, celebrate the unique Makers in our region, promote self-esteem, education and economic development and highlight the Baxter Innovation Lab at CLC.  

A Call for Makers is expected to go out in early 2020. Companies, non-profits, school groups and individuals are encouraged to apply to exhibit. For more information about the Maker Faire Lake County, visit  


Lake County Robotics Competition 


Lake County Robotics Competition is envisioned as a low-cost, low-barriers introduction to robotics. The goal of the robotics competition is to get middle and high school students excited about robotics by lowering the cost and time commitment typical of nationally based competitions. The CLC Engineering Transfer department has several robotics kits funded by Baxter’s grant, each worth more than $1,000, available for qualifying schools, community organizations, libraries, etc. The new competition has eliminated entry fees, making it an affordable program for 8th-12th graders interested in robotics. More information on the Lake County Robotics Competition can be found at


4-H Robotics Showcase 

Maker Week kicks off on Saturday, April 18 with the 4-H Robotics Showcase. This event is the culmination of a grade-school robotics program run by Illinois 4-H through the UIUC Extension office in Grayslake. 

“Illinois has a long history of supporting robotics programs through 4-H clubs and after-school programs,” said Sandra Prez, extension educator, 4-H Youth Development. “Through robotics, our 4-H youth improve their communication and teamwork skills by working in teams the way scientists and engineers do. In 4-H Robotics, youth gain experience in problem-solving and decision-making as they develop knowledge and skills related to robotics and engineering design process.” Students interested in the 4-H Robotics program can learn more at

 Another goal of the Lake County Maker Week, said CLC Engineering Professor Rob Twardock, is to leverage the Baxter Innovation Lab, which opened on CLC’s Grayslake Campus in September 2018. Initially funded by a $175,000 grant from the Baxter International Foundation, the facility is a non-profit instructional makerspace/fab lab and the first public lab of its kind in Lake County. Located in Rooms T120/121 on the campus’ north side, the lab provides the space and equipment for individuals or groups to design and fabricate prototypes, as well as proofs of concept, with a variety of software, tools and equipment. The facility has equipment primarily for 2D and 3D CAD design and digital fabrication, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and routers, vinyl print/cut machines and more. In addition, equipment is available for woodworking, metalworking, electronics and programming. The Baxter Innovation Lab will house several activities during Maker Week events.  

For more information on Maker Week activities, contact Twardock at or (847) 543-2903; or visit


About College of Lake County: 

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, 

provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit


February events include Black History Month lectures, Salute to Gospel concert, STEM Day for Girls


From theatrical performances to a STEM for Girls Day, the College of Lake County (CLC) presents more than 20 events open to the community in February. While some are free of charge and others have an admission fee, all events take place at the Grayslake Campus unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information.


Ongoing through Feb. 21: Members Art Exhibition, Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. The exhibition features a diverse collection of works by member artists. For details, visit


Various February dates: Small-business workshops include: Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (Feb. 7); Digital Marketing (Feb. 11); Understanding Basic Financial Statements (Feb. 12); Starting Your Business in Illinois (Feb. 20); and more. For details, visit the Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center website, call at (847) 543-2033 or email

Sunday, Feb. 16: Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 7 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. This Los Angeles-based contemporary dance ensemble explores social and humanitarian issues, along with African American culture and history. For details, visit


Tuesday, Feb. 18, Lake County Robotics Competition Scrimmage, 5-9 p.m., Lower Level A Wing. This is a mid-winter scrimmage for the April 21 Lake County Robotics Competition, part of Lake County Maker Week


Wednesday, Feb. 19: Massage therapy career information session, noon-1 p.m., Room R230, Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. 


Wednesday, Feb. 19: Nursing career information session, 2-3:30 p.m., Room R230, Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. 


Thursday, Feb. 20: “Winning in the Robotic Workplace,” 7-9 p.m., Baxter Innovation Lab (Room T120). Author John Wasik discusses the topic, which is also the title of his new book.


Monday, Feb. 24: Health information technology career information session, 4 p.m., Room A152.


Tuesday, Feb. 25: Culinary career exploration fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room A013.


Tuesday, Feb. 25: February meeting for the CLC Board of Trustees, 6-10 p.m., Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.


Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-29: “As You Like It,” 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Craig Rich, chair of CLC’s theatre department, the classic Shakespearean comedy also takes place March 1, 5, 6 and 7. For show times and ticket information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 29: 10th Annual STEM for Girls Day, 8:30 to noon, Grayslake Campus. The event is for girls in 7th through 12th grade who want to explore careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). For details, visit

Saturday, Feb. 29, 36th Annual Salute to Gospel Music Concert, 7 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Presented by CLC’s Lakeshore Campus, this year’s event features performer Bishop Hezekiah Walker, a multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning, newly inducted Gospel Music Hall of Famer and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. For ticket information, visit


Interested in a Spring Semester class? There’s still time to register for nearly 200 flexible-start, credit courses that end May 15 or earlier. For a complete list, visit


About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit


Innovators wanted for April 25 Maker Faire Lake County at CLC


The first Maker Faire Lake County, a show-and-tell for innovative designers, creators, builders and tinkerers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. To apply to be a Maker at the event, register for free by March 20 at

The Maker Faire celebrates the multifaceted fields of making, perfect for creative children and adults in Lake County—from engineers to scientists to crafters. The event also showcases CLC’s home for makers, the Baxter Innovation Lab, which opened in 2018.

            Looking for ideas or exhibits to display? Innovations can be hobbies, experiments or projects, ranging from human-powered machines to drones to wearables and e-textiles. Other ideas can come from the following areas: science, biology and chemistry projects; electric vehicles; interactive art and technology; kites; puppets; robotics; rockets; or sustainability and green technology. Ideas also can come from digital fabrication, including 3D printing, computerized numerical control (CNC) programming and laser technology.

            Maker Faire Lake County is part of the college’s inaugural Maker Week April 18-25. Events include the 4H Robotics Showcase as well as the Lake County Robotics Competition finals, Big Idea, Jr competition and a Rube Goldberg Challenge.

            Maker Faire applications will be reviewed by a committee and all applicants will be notified of approval. For more information, including how to answer the Call for Makers, visit the above website or email


CLC’s ten arts-related events in March span from concerts to a Shakespearean classic comedy


From independent films to musical concerts and stage plays, the College of Lake County presents nine arts events open to the community this March. While some are free of charge and others have an admission fee, all events take place at the Grayslake Campus unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit For details and ticket information on events taking place in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, visit


Ongoing, from Feb. 27 to March 30: Exhibits from John Hattlestad, sculptor and Phillip Ross, photographer, Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. The opening reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. For details, visit


Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 7: The CLC Theatre department presents the classic Shakespearean comedy, “As You Like It.,” in the Studio Theatre on the following dates: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.; and a high-school matinee on Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m.


Thursday, March 5: Fifth Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival, 1-3 p.m., Room A011 Auditorium. More than 100 area military veterans will exhibit or perform their artistic or literary works. The event is presented by the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.


March 6: “Transit” (Germany, 2018); 7 p.m. The military moves in to occupy Paris. A man assumes the identity of a dead writer, flees to Marseilles and waits for a visa to escape war-torn Europe. But the locals awaken both fatherly and romantic impulses, challenging his self-centered plans. And is this World War II or the Present Day? Christian Petzold, best known for clever, twisty thrillers, here adds a Kafkaesque dimension to a classic 1940s novel. The result is a mind-bending meditation on emigration that nevertheless maintains a tight emotional grip. This film has adult content and is not suitable for children. For details, contact Chris Cooling, CLC communications professor, at or (847) 543-2623.


Saturday, March 7: Masterclass with saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro, noon, Room P101. Tomaro is a former member and musical director of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. He also has performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The class, free and open to the public, precedes Tomaro’s March 8 performance at CLC (see below).


Saturday, March 7: Grammy Award-Winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. South Africa’s legendary a capella singing group brings uplifting artistry and glorious harmonies.


Sunday, March 8: 43rd Annual Spring “Art of Jazz” Guest Artist Series Jazz Ensemble Concert, 4 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro will perform with the CLC Jazz Ensembles. He has performed with notables including Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis and Linda Ronstadt.


March 13: “Thirst for Power” (United States, 2013); 6:30 p.m. Shot on location across France, California and Texas, this one-hour documentary explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy, from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science, the documentary identifies a hopeful path toward wise, long-range, water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity. The film is adapted from the book, “Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival,” by Michael E. Webber, Ph.D. For more information, contact David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager, at (847) 543-2643 or The documentary is one of dozens shown throughout the Chicago area at the 2020 One Earth Film Festival, which takes place March 6-15. For details, visit


Sunday, March 15: Wind Ensemble Concert, 4 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. The 50-member Wind Ensemble, composed of CLC students and community members, is conducted by Dr. Michael Flack. The concert will include selections from both classical and contemporary composers.


Tuesday, March 17: Switchback, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. With a mix of mandolin, guitar, bass and masterful harmonies, Switchback is the virtuosic, award-winning duo of Brian Fitzgerald and Martin McCormack. They create a musical distillation that rings Irish with a slight bluegrass resonance, reflecting both their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. 


March 20: “Rodents of Unusual Size” (United States, 2017). This documentary follows the multifaceted story of the nutria, a species of giant swamp rat that has invaded coastal Louisiana. Topics include the nutria’s introduction to the U.S., environmental impact, governmental intervention; and people defending their communities, culture and livelihoods from the species. The documentary is part of The Independent Film Series, which is presented by the Lake County Film Festival in conjunction with CLC. For more information, visit or contact Nat Dykeman at (224) 544-9261 or at


Saturday, March 28: The United States Army Field Band, 7 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. The 19-member ensemble will perform their tribute, “The Greatest Generation,” honoring World War II servicemen and servicewomen while also paying homage to the uniforms worn during that era.


About College of Lake County: The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. Learn more at or call (847) 543-2000.


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