Take full advantage of everything that the College of Lake County has to offer! Get involved in student clubs, organizations, leadership training, athletics, performance groups and more. By becoming active in campus life, you will learn new things, help bring about positive change and make lots of new friends. And research shows that students’ time management skills, overall satisfaction and GPA often improve when they are active in student activities and campus life.
At CLC, you will find a huge variety of educational, social, cultural and recreational opportunities to choose from, including more than 40 active clubs and organizations. When you get involved in student activities you’ll acquire the resume-building skills in teamwork and leadership that employers and transfer colleges are looking for. In addition to clubs, you’ll find many opportunities through the Student Government Association (Student Senate), Program Board (which plans events on campus), The Chronicle (student newspaper), Lancer Radio, Campus Leaders for Community Service and Phi Theta Kappa (honors society).
Another way to get involved is to attend campus events like our outdoor movies, Valentine’s Day/Death by Chocolate, Mardi Gras and Fall Harvest. You’ll have many events to choose from because nearly every week, there is some cultural, educational, social or recreational event. And learning about them is easy—just look for the posters in the hallways or postings on the CLC website and in the weekly enewsletter sent to students. You can even become a part of planning events by serving on the Program Board.
Whether you were a high school star or just enjoy playing competitively, you can suit up as a Lancer. Athletics at CLC includes 13 competitive teams! And because a good education addresses the whole person—mind and body, we also offer a full program of fitness and wellness services and activities.
If you’re the creative type who loves to perform or write, CLC offers a tremendous variety of ways to continue your art or explore something new! You can play an instrument in one of our four instrumental music ensembles, dance in the Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe, sing in one of our choirs, or work behind the scenes or on stage for one of our five yearly theatre productions. If creative writing is your talent, submit your work to CLC’s student publication, Prairie Voices or to the award-winning Willow Review.
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
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