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


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