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Melicia Eder

  • Antioch
  • Cristo Rey
  • Lakes
  • New Tech
  • Waukegan
  • Zion-Benton
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As a CLC enrollment representative, Melicia finds fulfillment in paying it forward. “I try to help students find a path that fits them," she said. "No matter where they are in terms of age or academic ability, there’s a place for them at CLC. If a student is concerned about finances, I let them know that financial aid and scholarships are available. At CLC, you can save money while having the same quality of education as the first two years of four-year college or university.”

  • Social Service B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • Associate in Arts, McHenry Community College

Klaudya Padilla

  • Grant
  • North Chicago
  • Round Lake
  • Stevenson
  • Wauconda
Klaudya Padilla

Klaudya enrolled in a summer English composition class at CLC before starting at Marian University. Her CLC experience would later inspire her to give back as a recruiter. “I'm able to help people and work with a diverse population, from first-generation college students to single parents juggling school with a job and kids,” she said. “My background has prepared me to listen and provide support to students, helping them navigate the admission process.” She tells prospective students how CLC faculty and staff are what set the college apart. “CLC professors know your name and are happy to help you outside of class,” she said. “You can get nearly the same experiences you’d find at a four-year college, but at a much more affordable tuition.”

Psychology and Social Work B.A., Marian University

Abe Skariya

  • Carmel
  • Deerfield
  • Grayslake Central
  • Grayslake North
  • Highland Park
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Zurich
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When meeting with prospective CLC students, Abe Skariya uses the word “critical” to describe the importance of a college degree in landing a rewarding, good-paying job. He draws on his positive experience in community college, which helped him find his career passion. When meeting potential CLC students and their parents, Abe explains how real-world CLC is. “I love seeing the positive reaction of prospective students and their parents when they understand the real value of CLC, from the economical tuition to the Honors Program to the many campus clubs,” he said. Beyond CLC’s program offerings, the Grayslake Campus renovations and new buildings are drawing a thumbs-up from the public, he added.

Business Management B.A., National-Louis University
Associate in Arts, Oakton Community College

Ashley Ward

  • Libertyville
  • Mundelein
  • Tech Campus
  • Vernon Hills
  • Warren
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“I’m excited to be back at CLC and to help others see the value of college, because without a college education, I would not have had the opportunities that I have experienced,” said Ashley. She enrolled at the College of Lake County after graduating from Carmel Catholic High School in 2006. The support she received from CLC counselors, professors and financial aid staff made such an impression on her that she decided to return to CLC as a staff member. “Now I have a chance to work one-on-one with new and prospective students and show them how a college education can open doors,” she added.

Sociology M.A., Roosevelt University

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