For many, the answer is the College of Lake County.
Over the last decade, 80 percent of Lake County employers have hired someone who has increased their skills by studying at the College of Lake County.
And in the last five years alone, about 29,000 students have honed their competitive edge by enrolling in one of the college’s more than 100 career preparation programs.
Keeping the college’s career programs up-to-date with current workplace needs is a big job, and it’s one the college can’t do alone. It requires the knowledge and advice of the employers who participate in CLC’s Career Advisory Committees.
CLC’s career advisory committees help the college ensure that curriculum meets workforce needs by providing feedback in such areas as:
Career programs are for students interested in a career immediately after graduating from CLC.
Students enroll in a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) or a shorter sequence that leads to a certificate. CLC groups programs in families or clusters of related career fields. Each career cluster offers many choices in programs.
Members of the career advisory committees include representatives of small business, large corporations, labor unions, faculty, secondary education instructors, recent graduates of the programs and even high-performing current students.
Participation involves attending a minimum of two meetings per year. Generally, committees have their initial meetings during the Fall Semester; the number of meetings held over the academic year varies with the committee.
For more information about CLC’s career advisory committees, or to volunteer to serve on a CLC career advisory committee, contact:
Assistant Vice President for Educational Affairs
(847) 543-2409 firstname.lastname@example.org
“The paralegal program enrollment went from 0 to 400 in less than five years, and we could not have done it without our dedicated advisory committee!” — Gayle Miller, J.D.,
paralegal studies department chair
“I am very thankful for having a strong advisory committee. The committee members have changed during the years. But one thing remains the same: they have always provided their expertise, support and guidance to our program.” — Dr. Tina Ye,
CAD drafting instructor/advisor to SkillsUSA
“Our advisory committee has been instrumental in making improvements to our program, such as hiring a lab assistant, upgrading our facilities, equipment recommendations, and curriculum changes.” — Lance David, Ed.D.,
automotive department chair
“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 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 clinical psychologist.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Even if money hadn’t been an issue for me, I think CLC still would have been the right decision for me because of the wonderful things that I took with me from the college.”
“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.”
“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.””
“I traveled to Peru for a two-week trip with five other CLC students as part of CLC’s first service-learning trip abroad. We were able to do good and experienced Peru’s breath-taking eco-systems.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“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.”
“CLC was great preparation for transfer to a four-year school. I got comfortable with my abilities, and I was confident when I transferred to NIU. At CLC, I was also able to explore different courses and my interests.”
“There is something about CLC’s environment and the professors that makes your experience very enjoyable and helps you to do well academically.”
“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.”
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