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Think You Know CLC? Take Another Look

The College of Lake County has been an integral resource for nearly 50 years, helping thousands of Lake County residents to realize their dreams of a better life or a new career. But did you know that CLC has achieved excellence and stands out in several ways? From a unique firefighting internship with a local fire department to robust programs that have educated thousands of healthcare professionals critical to the local workforce, CLC is truly extraordinary. This page will list Ten Extraordinary Facts about CLC that you may not know. Watch as our list grows each month, and share these with your friends and neighbors!

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Top 10 - Laser, Photonics and Optics program

Student Heather Seidel conducts multi-spectral crystal imaging, connecting to her biomedical career aspirations.

We're the Only College in Illinois to Offer an Associate Degree and Certificates in the Laser/Photonics/Optics Field

Many are surprised to learn about the state-of-the-art facilities at the College of Lake County. The laser lab in our Science and Engineering Building is one of the newest in the country, providing exciting opportunities for those interested in the field. Students are able to harness the power of light for hundreds of applications, from modern medicine to airport security to laser light shows.

Learn more about our new facilities for this program and meet Heather Seidel, who earned her certificate and is now a lab technician.

Learn more about the Laser/Photonics/Optics program at CLC.

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CLC Top 10 - Guaranteed Transfer Admission

Former students Michael Hannick and Justin Badua share memories of their time at CLC before transferring to Arizona State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.

Future is Guaranteed with 23 Transfer Agreements

Did you know that CLC has established a Guaranteed Transfer Admission program with 23 four-year colleges and universities? These agreements ensure a seamless transfer of credit from CLC to institutions ranging from Northern Illinois University and Lake Forest College to The University of Iowa and the American Business School in Paris, France. By starting your higher education at CLC you can take advantage of our budget-friendly tuition, and have peace of mind, knowing that your CLC courses are guaranteed to transfer. Just ask Justin Badua and Michael Hannick. Justin is a computer engineering major at the University of Illinois. Our engineering program helped prepare him for his future at U of I by offering small class sizes and easily accessible professors. Likewise, Michael is currently studying for his electrical engineering degree online at Arizona State University. Thanks to CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission, both students’ transfer process was simple, efficient ... and guaranteed.

Learn more about our guaranteed transfer admission agreements.

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Student Trustee Hansel Lopez and Board Chair Richard A. Anderson chat in Café Willow

Student Trustee Hansel Lopez and Board Chair Richard A. Anderson chat in Café Willow, one of the student areas improved, thanks to our strong bond rating.

Our Aaa Bond Rating Means You'll Get a Better Education

You may not think that mundane things such as bond ratings and/or financial standings would have much of an impact on our students and their education, but they do. As one of only a handful of community colleges in the nation with a Aaa rating, we are able to invest heavily in our infrastructure, technology and the overall student experience. Just ask Student Trustee Hansel Lopez. When he gets together with Board Chair Richard A. Anderson, they enjoy the latest renovations to one of our many student spaces. And everyone is going to be impressed with the new state-of-the-art Science and Engineering building opening this Spring Semester. Thanks to CLC’s prudent financial stewardship, we are assured to continue providing students a great education in a modern and updated setting, now and well into the future.

Learn more about our Aaa bond rating and how it paves the way for campus improvements.

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Instructor Jill Bruellman catching up with former student Violeta Ramirez, who is studying at Ajou University, South Korea, this year.

We're the Local College with a Global Reach

With over 1,200 students from 50 countries who have studied at CLC over nearly two decades, it is easy to see that diversity is one of our core values. Not only do we enjoy welcoming students from around the world, we offer a robust international education program as well. You may be surprised to learn that nearly 700 CLC students have studied abroad in China, Peru, Italy, the UK and Cuba, to name a few. Just ask Violeta Ramirez about her Japanese academic experience led by instructor Jill Bruellman. She’ll tell you all about the positive impacts it had on her life and career. It’s world connections like this that allow our students to grow and become global citizens on our campus and in their travels abroad.

Meet Violeta Ramirez.

Learn more about the Center For International Education at CLC.

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top10 healthcare

Sandy Beta, nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, with long-time instructor Dr. Carmella Mikol.

16,000 Students Have Earned Degrees or Certificates in Healthcare

You may already know we have an excellent nursing program here at CLC, but did you know we have graduated more than 3,500 RNs? In fact, if you need a nurse, an EMT or assistance from any healthcare professional within Lake County, chances are good you’ll be treated by CLC alumni. Just ask Sandy Beta, a nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and a CLC graduate. She excels at her position thanks to the patience, empathy and the extraordinary education provided to her by Dr. Carmella Mikol and the rest of the talented CLC instructors and staff.

Meet Sandy and Dr. Mikol.

Learn more about the healthcare programs at CLC.

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Long-time instructor Randy Justus with student Natalee Algozino at the Grayslake Fire Station on the campus of College of Lake County.

Our Firefighter Basic Operations Associate Program Is One of a Kind

CLC is the only school in Illinois where firefighter students actually work as interns, gaining real-world
experience. Students work with the Grayslake Fire Protection District’s three firehouses, one of which is on our CLC campus.

Meet Natalee Algozino, currently enrolled in our Fire Science Technology program, and learn more about her experience in this extraordinary program.