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Melicia Eder

  • Antioch
  • Grayslake North
  • 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

Miguel Marino

  • Cristo Rey
  • Deerfield
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Zurich
  • North Chicago
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Miguel discovered his chosen career path in education when he served as a student worker in college, where he was immersed in the campus community through student activities.  “I find fulfillment in helping people,” he said. “I consider myself as a servant leader, and I place a high value in education. I feel fulfilled to provide a service that benefits others and enhance their lives in the long run."

In his role at CLC, Miguel helps students make important decisions about starting off college, and he’s eager to share that CLC offers many program options that lead to various career paths for college aspirants. “I always tell prospective students to follow what they love, or to keep looking if they haven’t found it yet, and to get out of their comfort zone,” he said.    

Communications B.A., Governors State University
Associate in Arts, College of DuPage


Abe Skariya

  • Grant
  • Grayslake Central
  • Highland Park
  • Round Lake
  • Stevenson
  • Wauconda
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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

  • Carmel
  • 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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