You begin the process by submitting a Student Admission Form. After this, you will complete steps designed to help you select the right courses and be successful at CLC. Get details on admission and how to become a student.
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You can take many credit and non-credit courses online. In general, credit online courses are for you if you want to earn college credits toward a degree or certificate. Non-credit courses are short-term classes offered through our continuing education departments. Learn more about Online and Distance Learning.
Undecided about a program of study? Consider one of our three new options:
New Associate in Applied Science option: Our new Associate in Applied Science degree in Lasers, Photonics and Optics responds to employer-demand for more skilled technicians.
New Career Certificates: Our new 10-course Environmental Technology Certificate responds to the growing demand for technicians in the water resources and water quality industries. Our new Pastry Chef Assistant Certificate builds on our Baking and Pastry Assistant certificate and will prepare you to advance in the pastry industry. By enrolling in a new 18-credit, flexible Fast Track-HVAC Installation Technician Certificate (pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board), you can complete the certificate in just 16 weeks.
Courses of Special Interest: If you are interested in a business-related field (accounting, business management, computer information technology or paralegal studies), check out these business-related course highlights.
Information meetings will be held during the Spring Semester for several upcoming field study trips to locations overseas and in the U.S. Read more about field study trips.
There is still time for high-achieving students to apply for the college’s Honors Program, which offers an enriched academic experience in special Honors course sections. Read about the Honors program. See a listing of Spring Semester honors courses.
Explore the many services offered to enrich your experience at CLC.
Nov. 3 – Priority registration begins for current students
Nov. 10 – Open registration begins for incoming, continuing and returning students
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View Registration Calendar for details and additional information (PDF).
Learn about salaries, job outlook and educational requirements for careers in these fields:
Sessions offered on our Accounting, Administrative Office Systems, Computer Information Technology, Hospitality and Culinary Management and Paralegal programs.
Sessions offered on our Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Imaging, Nursing and Surgical Technology programs.
Sessions on our Computerized Numerical Controls, Environmental Health and Safety, Laser/Photonics/Optics, Mechatronics and Welding programs.
“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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