Feb. 3, 2022


More students receive free tuition after another round of Transform Lake County


College of Lake County (CLC) is actively recruiting students who will have their tuition paid for thanks to the third round of the college’s Transform Lake County program, CLC’s implementation of the $700,000 Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant from the Illinois Community College Board. 


The WEI Grant focuses on expanding and providing equitable training opportunities for minority students in at-risk communities in high-demand fields. It allows individuals the ability to obtain full-time employment paying at least 30 percent above the regional living wage.  


CLC will recruit and serve minority, low-income and underemployed Lake County residents and students with workforce training, focusing on North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion and Round Lake. The fields of interest include Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Collision Repair and HVAC


“WEI funding allows colleges to remove barriers to student success, which may include free tuition, childcare, transportation and educational supplies,” said Lakeshore Dean Jesus Ruiz “Funds are used to develop new student services, in-demand training programs, outreach efforts and community partners.” 


Scholarship funds cover all tuition and fees, course materials and industry exam fees. Students also receive a stipend and are provided with free workshops. 


The goal of the program is to create more equity in the Lake County workforce by offering a no-cost education. 

CLC has already engaged nearly 200 individuals through this program. It has seen results with students finding good-paying jobs and some continuing their studies at CLC. 


Jose Garcia was one of the inaugural recipients in 2019 and completed the automotive collision repair program. 

“I don’t think I could have done it without the scholarship,” he said. “The program brought me hope for my future. It inspired me to continue studying at the College of Lake County and complete my associate degree. As a first-generation college student, earning my degree means a lot to my family.” 


To apply, click here. For more information, contact Crystal Overton, WEI Grant Career Programs Manager, at coverton@clcillinois.edu or 847-543-2127. 



Jan. 24, 2022


Workshops continue bringing Waukegan’s art community together


Mixed media artist and College of Lake County (CLC) Art Instructor Katrina Davis-Salazar is excited to carry the success and momentum of the first art workshops at the Lakeshore Campus into the next round this winter and spring. The initial workshops last fall exceeded Davis-Salazar's expectations in bringing local artists together after she saw the comradery between individuals. 


“Participants not only made connections with the workshop leaders, but also with each other,” she said. “It was awesome to see these connections being made in the community.” 


While she was happy the participants had fun during the workshops, Davis-Salazar was even more excited about the importance the participants placed on the workshops for the health of our community.   


“It wasn’t just thanks for the free workshops, they also expressed that they feel these workshops are necessary for the community to come together,” Davis-Salazar said. “We heard things like ‘keep doing this,’ ‘this is awesome’ and ‘this is vital.’”   


Participation was high, Davis-Salazar said, despite the workshops being new and limitations due to the ongoing pandemic. 


There will be four more workshops this spring, two each for Artist to Artist (ATA) and Engaging Art Scholars for Excellence (EASE). 


ATA workshops are geared towards adults. The goal of ATA is to connect local artists with CLC, and then to connect one step further with the community.  


In each workshop, a CLC instructor will pair up with a talented local artist to teach. This gives those who attend the workshops the opportunity to create connections with both CLC and someone in the community, as well as others around them. 


Last fall, local artists enjoyed the opportunity to meet and learn from one another and share their unique skillsets to help each other improve. 


The ATA workshop schedule: 


EASE workshops are for teens and their friends and families. They are designed to help youth establish or continue a healthy connection to the arts but are accessible to any skill level.   


During these workshops, CLC student mentors, called engagement apprentices, did some of the teaching, and Davis-Salazar hopes to give them more time to lead the sessions. 


The EASE workshop schedule: 


“I’m excited to continue showing the community what Waukegan, Lake County and CLC have to offer for the arts,” Davis-Salazar said. 


The annual Emerging Artists exhibition, featuring fine art from members of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, began Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 18. 


For more information about the workshops, contact Davis-Salazar at (224) 572-7471 or KDavis3@clcillinois.edu




Jan. 19, 2022


Kickoff Black History Month at CLC celebrating Dr. King’s birthday


Join College of Lake County (CLC) in a celebration of Black excellence this Black History Month. CLC has events planned as part of a virtual celebration themed around "Tomorrow is Today. Tie your vision to the human desire for a better tomorrow,” a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  


The events are free and open to the public. Originally planned to be in-person, they were shifted online because of the surge of COVID-19 cases in Lake County. 


This year’s events include: 

·         Dr. King: Exemplifying Excellence 1st inaugural MLK celebration, Thursday Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul will join the event as a guest speaker as CLC honors the legacy of Dr. King, acknowledging CLC students and staff who are working toward Dr. Kings' legacy by exemplifying excellence in all they do for our students and each other with various awards.   

·         4th annual Lake County's History Makers: State of the Black Male: Changing the narrative, Thursday, Feb. 3, 12-2 p.m. Professional Black men from Lake County will speak about their struggles and the men they are today. It will be moderated by business adjunct faculty member Marcus Morgan. 


“We need to shed light on the positivity of Black males and their success, not look at them as another statistic,” said African American Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator Beverly Phelps. “They are professional men, fathers and role models in their communities.” 


·         Why Black History Matters, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 12-1 p.m. This session will be a discussion about how the history we have been taught plays a role in the issues we are still facing today. It will explore the impact of cultural biases and determine if organizations are looking for assimilation or true integration. 


Though Black History Month is a great chance to celebrate Black history, Phelps says it’s important to not limit doing so to only February. 


“It’s important to celebrate Black history all year,” Phelps said. “Black history is American history. It’s okay to celebrate it 365 days a year.” 


Last October, CLC’s Black Student Union wrapped up an exhibit at the Dunn Museum themed around Black voices. 


For more information or questions, contact Beverly Phelps at 847-543-2778 or email bphelps1@clcillinois.edu. To register for the events, visit https://www.clcillinois.edu/events/black-history-month