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 https://tinyurl.com/y4z8sf6m.

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College celebrates Manufacturing Month in October with six events

With Lake County home to more than 1,000 manufacturers providing one in seven jobs, according to the nonprofit Lake County Partners, the College of Lake County is celebrating Manufacturing Month in October with six events. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y27csgs8.

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College Music department announces fall 2019 concerts

This fall, College of Lake County musicians will present eight concerts featuring music that appeals to a variety of tastes. From swinging jazz and soothing classical instrumental works to delightful modern choral works and inspirational gospel songs, each concert is programmed to include crowd pleasers that also challenge the ensembles’ students and community members. Fall concerts begin with the Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert Oct. 6 and conclude with four holiday concerts in December. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y2vhvku2

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CLC announces L.A. Williams Endowed Promise Scholarship

           The College of Lake County Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a generous gift of $30,000 from Wilverlyn “Joye” Williams, a CLC graduate and U.S. Navy veteran.

The Foundation’s latest gift, known as the L.A. Williams Endowed Promise Scholarship, is named after her three youngest grandchildren. For details, visit https://tinyurl.com/y2qqq5sk.

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Nov. 14: Experience CLC in person at Open House

The College of Lake County’s Open House, designed to help students build their futures, takes place Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at the Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills) Campuses. Enroll in courses or come for a visit to experience what CLC is like. For details, visit https://tinyurl.com/y4h9jy2h.

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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 www.clcillinois.edu/spring.

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 award1@clcillinois.edu 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 www.clcillinois.edu/gta 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 www.clcillinois.edu/infosessions.

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 www.clcillinois.edu/adulted or email adulteducation@clcillinois.edu. Or visit Building 4 on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

For information on enrolling at CLC, call (847) 543-2090, visit www.clcillinois.edu/admission 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.

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CLC names Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., as dean of Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division

 

The College of Lake County has named Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., as dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division.

Dr. Walcher oversees 10 transfer disciplines, from art to world languages, as well as four career programs that range from digital media and design to technical communication.

With more than 25 years in higher education, Dr. Walcher previously served as associate dean of humanities, social sciences and the library at Kankakee Community College. In that role, he spearheaded the development of an innovative pathway to the associate of arts degree for students who previously struggled to complete it at the institution’s extension campuses. He also worked with staff to develop an early college initiative that allows high school students to complete an associate of arts degree while earning a high school diploma. In addition, Dr. Walcher assisted KCC in establishing new customer care standards as part of a broader “culture of care” initiative.

Previously, Dr. Walcher was associate dean of English and academic English as a Second Language (ESL) at the College of DuPage. His higher-education experience also includes serving as director of composition (writing programs) at Roosevelt University as well as the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I’m excited to be joining CLC at this pivotal moment in the college’s history,” said Walcher. “For five decades, CLC has been committed to providing transformative learning and cultural experiences to the residents we serve. I look forward to building on and extending that legacy!”

CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick, said, “We are pleased to have Sheldon Walcher join the college. His demonstrated experience, in strategic planning, leadership and innovative programming, are critical in CLC’s efforts to increase opportunities and community awareness in communication arts, humanities and fine arts.”

Walcher holds a Ph.D. in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Utah and an M.S. in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern University. Additionally, he earned an M.F.A. English (fiction writing) from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in literature and philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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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 www.clcillinois.edu.

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Nov. 22-23: CLC presents Winter Dance Concert  

The College of Lake County Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe Winter Dance Concert hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake.  

This annual showcase of contemporary dance includes original works choreographed by CLC faculty and guest artists, performed by CLC’s talented dance company. Choreographers create original choreography set to their favorite musical theatre scores. Songs range from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens to “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” the “Mary Poppins” tune by Robert B. Sherman and Richard Sherman. 

The choreographers include: Valerie Alpert, artistic director and co-chair of the CLC Dance department; Terry Crews, co-chair of the CLC Dance department; Kimberly Davis, senior director of education at the Chicago-based Old Town School of Folk Music; and Lamaiya Lancaster, CLC dance instructor. The list also includes Amanda Ramirez as well as Matthew Kinney, two Chicago-based dance performers/choreographers.  

“I invited the choreographers presenting works to choose a song from a musical, but to interpret the music in their own way and within their own movement aesthetic to create original choreography,” said Alpert. “Therefore, while the songs may be recognizable within the context of a popular musical, they will certainly be presented tonight in a new and creative way.”  

In addition to performing, some of the 30 members who make up the CLC’s Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe will be sharing their favorite holiday traditions.   

Tickets: Regular $12; CLC Staff/CLC Student/Senior/JLC Subscriber $10; Children under age 12 $5. Children’s tickets must be purchased with adult ticket. Call the Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before performances.  

To learn more about CLC’s dance program and watch a video, visit www.clcillinois.edu/programs/dnc or contact Alpert at valpert@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2432. Auditions for CLC’s annual Fear No Art Festival on April 24-25, 2020 will be held Jan. 30 in Room P103, Grayslake Campus (5:30 p.m. for visual artists, 6 p.m. for musicians/poets and 7 p.m. for dancers).  

 

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 www.clcillinois.edu.  

 

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Photo: The College of Lake County Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe performs during a 2018 production at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC’s Grayslake Campus.  

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