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What Students Say About CLC

Inspiring Students

Six CLC faculty and staff are surprised to learn how they inspired past students and impacted their lives for the better.

What is it like to attend the College of Lake County? The best way to know is through what our students and graduates say. Read the first-hand accounts of students of different ages and backgrounds.

Adam Fritzshall, a 2017 grad who’s a first-generation college student, earned an A.A. in special education, and has transferred to Elmhurst College to major in communication sciences and disorders.

Adriana Castillo, a student senator, is majoring in public policy.

Alexandra Turcios, a first-generation college student, graduated from CLC and the University of Illinois. She also received a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Indonesia.

Angelo Schulz, an international student from Germany, earned an A.A. in business administration in 2017 and is preparing for a career in finance or the stock market.

Bernard Kondenar, who is changing careers from contractor to sustainable agriculture, plans to earn an A.A.S. in sustainable agriculture in 2017, then transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor’s degree in plant science.

Brett Becker, who has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury that he sustained while skiing in 2016, is a biology major and eventually plans to earn a graduate degree in physical therapy.

Charlice Nwobodo started at CLC in 2016 and is an accounting and finance major.

Charlie Schultz, who earned an A.A. in criminal justice from CLC and a B.S. in law enforcement from Western Illinois University, is an officer with the Dallas Police Department.

Cody Lemke, who earned an A.A. in 2015, has transferred to Iowa State University, where he is now pursuing a master’s degree in biochemistry and is planning a career in pharmaceutical research.

Da'jah Smith earned her GED at CLC and is now a psychology major who's planning a career as a psychologist.

Darla Centeno started at CLC and is now majoring in international business administration at the American University of Paris.

Dom Olesak, a 2017 grad, is a civil engineering major the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Estefani Marino, majoring in nursing at CLC. After earning her A.A.S. degree, she plans to earn a bachelor’s at the University of Illinois-Chicago and work as a nurse in geriatrics, pediatrics or oncology.

Georgina Huesca de Vargas, a part-time adult education instructor at CLC, credits the college for helping her discover a passion for teaching and lifelong learning.

Ryan Haass, who graduated in 2017 with an A.A. in philosophy, has transferred to Lake Forest College, where he is double majoring in philosophy and comparative literature.

Julia Lachkova, a native of Ukraine, plans to earn A.A. in business administration and transfer in 2017 to DePaul University, where she will major in finance.

Justin Badua, who earned an A.E.S. in 2017, is a computer engineering major at the University of Illinois.

Justina Kukla, a 2014 graduate, is a tax assistant and is majoring in finance at Northeastern Illinois University.

Katelyn Kollin, who is majoring in automotive technology, eventually wants to teach the subject at the high school or college level.

Keri Bush, a 2017 graduate, earned an A.A. in psychology and is transferring to Illinois State University.

Kheseyha Chong, 2013 graduate, transferred to Elmhurst College to major in nursing.

Maria Lawrence, who left high school at age 17 and later earned her GED at CLC at age 32, is now majoring in social work.

Mike Caplan, a 1982 graduate, later earned a B.S. in mass communications from Illinois State University and a broadcast meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University. With three decades of experience in television news, Mike is now a meteorologist at Fox 32 Chicago (WFLD-TV).

Nadiia Tkachenko, Ph.D., a native of Ukraine, taught math and computer science in her home country for 40 years before moving to Lake County in 2014 to be close to family and to learn English.

Nitin Tangellamudi, who attended CLC as part of the Engineering Pathways program, is now an industrial engineering major at the University of Illinois.

Nicole Timmreck graduated with an A.A. in sustainability in 2014. After earning a B.S. in earth, society and environmental studies at the University of Illinois in 2016, she is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in forestry at Michigan State University.

Patrick Burgess, who attended CLC from 2010-12 and later earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is an electrical engineer and project manager at IIT’s  Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation.

Paul Kim, a future aerospace engineering major, participated in NASA’s 2017 Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

Prentiss Grant, a 2013 graduate, earned a B.S. in business administration from Northern Illinois University in 2015 and is now a sales representative for Anderson Pest Solutions in Libertyville.

Sasha Polich, who is majoring in business administration, plans to earn an A. A. in May 2017 and has transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Sehr Shaikh, a Warren Township High School grad, is a pre-med major and Honors student who is planning a career in psychiatry.

Stephen Cartwright, 2011 graduate; earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and is studying for a master’s degree in divinity at Trinity International University, where he also serves as assistant residence director.

Tom Knox, who earned an A.S. in computer science from CLC and a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois, is a senior engineer at Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, Calif.