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Aug. 12, 2021


College of Lake County offers vaccine incentive to students


As a partner with the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, College of Lake County (CLC) encourages students to get vaccinated with $100 incentive program to promote vaccination as the college starts fall semester. Classes start Aug. 23.


Students enrolled in fall classes are eligible to submit proof of vaccination and receive a $100 check. CLC is using federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to strategically promote vaccination.


Additionally, CLC is partnering with Lake County Health Department to provide a free vaccination clinic open to the community at the Grayslake Campus on August 26, September 23 and October 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students do not need to attend the vaccination clinic to be eligible for the incentive.


Anyone ages 12 and older can get a free COVID-19 vaccine in Lake County. Many local pharmacies now offer walk-in services with no appointments necessary. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently used by Lake County vaccine providers. They are all safe and effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19.


The White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge is a nationwide effort to get as many Americans as possible vaccinated and end the pandemic. Participating colleges commit to taking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all.



June 3, 2021


CLC expands internationalization with Fulbright to South Korea


College of Lake County (CLC) International Student Advisor Lindsey Hobson was awarded the Fulbright U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Award. She’ll travel with a group of higher education administrators to South Korea in June 2022 for a 2-week seminar. The trip’s goal is to establish a reciprocal partnership opening doors for CLC students to study abroad and learn from Korean culture.


“The best form of global diplomacy is human diplomacy,” said Hobson, who is eager to represent community colleges on this international delegation. “Opportunities like these reinvent international education as global engagement.”


Familiar with Korean culture after studying the language, Hobson will represent CLC as part of a delegation of eight international educators who will visit colleges and universities, as well as government and private sector agencies. They’ll meet with relevant personnel in order to become acquainted with the philosophy, organization, and management of Korean higher and international education programs. Cultural excursions will supplement professional and academic visits.


Aligning with the strategic goals of CLC's international education committee and Center for International Education (CIE), Hobson hopes to establish a relational foundation for future partnerships with South Korean universities. Currently, CLC has partnerships with universities in United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, China and Japan. With the help of this seminar, the CIE hopes to establish a fifth partnership to provide study abroad options for our students and Lake County community members interested in Korean language and culture.


In addition to the potential relationships that can be built, this trip will provide Hobson with needed cultural insights as South Korean students represent nearly 20 percent of CLC's international student population.


The International Education Administrators (IEA) awards are seminars designed to help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries. Selected applicants can learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Awardees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.


As vaccination rates increase and international travel becomes more widely available, CLC is reigniting its commitment to global citizenship by providing affordable study abroad opportunities for the Lake County community. Several upcoming trips to places like Mexico, Poland and France are planned for summer 2022. Financial aid for qualified persons may be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs at CLC.


Director of CIE Jacob Cushing said, “When you look at how diverse Lake County is, it’s hard to ignore how many different cultures live in this area. International trips like these bring more cultural awareness and acceptance into our community.


Anyone can enroll in one of CLC’s study abroad trips. Most of the excursions are tied to enrollment in a course but starting with a week-long trip to London next summer, community members can sign up for abroad experiences without the coursework. This new initiative, called the CLC Community Travel Program, is offered to enhance educational and cultural enrichment of individuals in and around Lake County. Expanding affordable access to travel abroad builds compassion and inclusion, values at the heart of CLC. Get additional information if you’re interested in traveling to London with CLC.


Cushing says one of his favorite sayings: Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. “Nothing makes you more of a richer individual than experiencing another culture,” he says.







June 2, 2021


Safety first as summer semester starts with one-third of classes in-person at CLC June 7


Hundreds of summer classes begin June 7 at College of Lake County (CLC) and run through July 30. Students can enroll in a mixture of courses, including one-third in-person, one-third virtual and one-third hybrid formats. Safety precautions aligning with state and county healthcare guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe on campus.


There’s still time to register for classes. CLC is open additional hours on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help students enroll in summer classes.


Summer is a great time to get ahead or catch up on credits for your degree. Many of our classes transfer to other colleges and universities and cost a fraction of the price. Whether it’s an online anytime course where students learn at their own pace virtually or in the classroom at the Grayslake, Lakeshore or Southlake campus, there’s still time to enjoy your summer break and earn college credits.


New students needing to complete a math, English or English Language Instruction (ELI) course leading to college-level classes are eligible to participate in Lancer Summer Start for free. The program pays for tuition, fees, and required textbooks for one pre-college math, English or ELI course and CLC’s college success seminar, CLC 120.


“As we continue to navigate the pandemic this semester, CLC is providing a range of remote and on-campus services and learning experiences to maintain health and safety and be responsive to our students’ preferences,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “Our commitment to supporting every student to achieve their educational goals remains our greatest priority.”


Before coming to campus, students must conduct a daily personal health and wellness check. If they have two or more COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home. Regardless of individual vaccination status, while on campus, all students must wear face masks covering their mouth and nose indoors and outdoors when within six feet of others. Students should also maintain six feet of physical distancing whenever possible and washing hands frequently. Campus spaces are reconfigured to help individuals maintain six feet physical distancing in classrooms and campus spaces. Class sizes are limited, and class start and end times are staggered to minimize hallway traffic.


Have questions about CLC? Get more information on registration, financial aid, and more. Chat now on Lancer Live Chat.


Fall semester begins August 23. Register for classes today.


June 1, 2021


Professional recording studio ready for performers, student sound engineers 


Audio production has always been a part of College of Lake County’s (CLC) Digital A/V Production and Editing A.A.S. degree, but a new space is allowing professors to take the student experience to the next level. In early 2020, a brand-new recording studio quietly opened its doors at the college, only to be closed back up when the pandemic struck. Now with in-person learning on the rise, the digital media and design (DMD) department is preparing to welcome the next generation of audio engineers into the space. 


“Building this was like building a house from the ground up,” said DMD department co-chair Michael Kozien. “When students visit, it’s a pretty impressive selling point for them to know that we have this recording studio.” 


The studio relaunch comes as the department adds five additional certificate offerings: graphic design, 2D animation, 3D animation, web design and A/V production which will see students spend time in the new space. While musicians and other performers will occupy the primary recording room, the real A/V magic happens in the attached sound engineering room. It is here students will interact with the latest in digital audio workstations, mixing and mastering recording tracks in the same manner as professional productions are done. A multitude of speakers and microphones await students who will be guided through this world by professors like Kozien, who also acts as the studio manager. 


“Students learn the fundamental in their first audio class, DMD 173: Introduction to Digital Sound, and then we move into the more advanced class, which is DMD 275: Audio Recording and Production,” said Kozien. “That’s when we go in and they record and engineer a full band from setup to recording, mixing to mastering. They learn every stage of the process to completion.” 


It’s an ideal classroom for anyone looking to delve into audio production, but it’s also a true starting point for careers in a field in which having experience is vital. 


“Students can start working here in the studio almost as an in-house internship recording either for classes or assisting other CLC groups who want to come in and record,” said Kozien. 


Though the studio is not yet available for public use, Kozien’s long-term hopes include opening it up for local artists to use as an affordable way to capture their craft while also giving students even more real-world experience. 


May 25, 2021


New partnership with DePaul University at CLC offers working adults affordable bachelor’s degree


The University Center of Lake County (UCLC) at College of Lake County’s (CLC) Grayslake Campus announces a new partnership with DePaul University offering students the opportunity to start their affordable educational career with an associate degree at CLC and end with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Studies (BAPS) with a major in business administration from DePaul – entirely at the Grayslake Campus.


“This partnership is a great opportunity for working adult students to pursue an advanced credential necessary for the local business needs in Lake County,” said CLC Vice President of Community and Workforce Partnerships Dr. Ali O’Brien. “The practical business curriculum provides exposure to a variety of interests including technology, project management, marketing and operations, gearing up the next generation of business leaders. But most importantly, it’s an affordable and flexible option for students who are busy working.”


Students in this program can earn an associate of arts, associate of applied science in business or, with equivalent credit hours, the ability to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration on-site in Grayslake. This degree is offered through DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), a long-standing leader of providing educational opportunities for working adults.


“Adult learners appreciate the value of pathways that extend opportunities sans disruption,” said Dr. Tatum Thomas, dean of DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. “With the complement of the CLC and SCPS offerings, graduates will be poised to create impact in their professions and society — they will continue on life-changing paths.”


Students who take advantage of this pathway pay discounted tuition rates 25 percent lower than the university's undergraduate tuition. The courses are taught by DePaul faculty both on-site at UCLC and online. DePaul’s classes in this program are scheduled to meet two evenings a week at UCLC as a part-time program, with some courses being offered online. Students join a cohort model for taking courses, allowing them to establish a network they'll carry throughout their careers.


Students also receive dedicated advising from SCPS to provide support as they balance work, home and school demands. BAPS builds knowledge and skills for employment in corporate and nonprofit settings. In this program, students build a skill set in project management, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, globalization, ethical conduct, data analytics and professional communication needed to succeed in their career.


Interested students who want to stay close to home while earning an affordable bachelor’s degree at UCLC should request information to review academic goals and create a personal academic success plan.


About College of Lake County

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. 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.


About DePaul University

DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the U.S. with nearly 22,000 students and more than 300 academic and professional programs. Established in Chicago in 1898, DePaul continues to strengthen what makes it unique: respected academics, real-world knowledge and a commitment to social responsibility, all informed by the place it calls home — the multicultural city of Chicago. The university’s distinctive mission establishes a strong foundation of inclusive liberal-arts education, religious pluralism and social justice — responsibilities that endure in the life of the university today. More at



May 21, 2021


Fast and free COVID-19 saliva testing offered at College of Lake County through SHIELD Illinois

College of Lake County now offers free COVID-19 testing at the Grayslake Campus on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting May 17, 2021. Testing is conducted in Room 112 at the University Center of Lake County (UCLC), located at 1200 University Center Drive near the Washington Street entrance. CLC is one of the first community college sites in Illinois to extend free testing to anyone beyond the campus community.


The non-invasive saliva COVID-19 test simply requires an individual to deposit a saliva sample into a provided vial at the testing site. Saliva samples are then transported from UCLC to a network of lab partners who will process the sample and return results to the individual who was tested within 24 hours.


This walk-in testing is free and open to the public, regardless of symptoms. You do not need to be a CLC student, faculty or staff member to be tested. Before you arrive, you must register for an account at using Agency Code: df5brbrj.


Compared to the commonly used nasal swab test, the saliva-based test is fast, free of supply chain bottlenecks and cost-effective, because saliva tests do not require nasal swabs. Compared to other saliva tests, this saliva test skips RNA isolation, which allows for quicker results. To date, results of SHIELD Illinois studies show the saliva-based test provides results that are comparable to other COVID-19 viral test methods.

For more information about SHIELD Illinois and the saliva-based test, visit their website.


Please visit COVID-19 Reporting for the latest information about the health metrics being tracked for the CLC community.