The College of Lake County has been an integral resource for nearly 50 years, helping thousands of Lake County residents to realize their dreams of a better life or a new career. But did you know that CLC has achieved excellence and stands out in several ways? From a unique firefighting internship with a local fire department to robust programs that have educated thousands of healthcare professionals critical to the local workforce, CLC is truly extraordinary. This page will list Ten Extraordinary Facts about CLC that you may not know. Watch as our list grows each month, and share these with your friends and neighbors!
Freshman Chantal Moody (left) backstage at the James Lumber
Center for the Performing Arts with her Promise Coach, Mary P. Haynes.
Our Promise Program supports recent high school graduates who thought college may be an impossible dream due to lack of finances. Students who meet our program requirements will graduate from CLC as close to debt-free as possible. Each participant is matched with a Promise Coach who provides support on a regular basis. This allows students to complete a degree or certificate program in two years, enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Promise participant and Grant Community High School graduate Chantal Moody states, "My long-term goal is to be a successful actress, both on Broadway and on-screen, by the time I’m 32." Mary P. Haynes, Promise Coach, who works with Chantal, will help her work toward her goals. "I enjoy meeting with my academic coach," Chantal added. "The Promise Program encourages me tremendously. It has helped me keep my grades up and is a great motivator."
Learn more about our Promise Program.
Sue Nierstheimer, Dental Hygiene department chair, along with Claire Salata, Dental Hygiene class of 2018 president.
Our Dental Hygiene program embraces a unique teaching philosophy that incorporates a sustainable awareness of environmental, professional and social responsibility. These core values help students learn the importance of an eco-friendly work environment, the need to be positive ambassadors of the profession and the benefits of maintaining a high level of social awareness. These values are evident in the program’s nine-year participation in Remote Area Medical events. Dental hygiene students partner with medical professionals, including CLC nursing faculty, staff and students, to provide vital medical and dental care to people in underserved communities in Knoxville, TN. Claire Salata, dental hygiene class of 2018 president says "It was very eye-opening to help people who were in dire need and to make a positive difference in their lives. It was the most fulfilling experience I’ve ever had."
Meet Claire Salata.
Learn more about the Dental Hygiene program at CLC.
Student Dan Buranosky (left), and David Husemoller on the roof of the new award-winning Science and Engineering Building.
According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, College of Lake County ranks number two among community colleges in the Midwest! Having earned five national and regional "green" awards in the last 18 months, CLC has infused sustainability into its curriculum. What’s good for the environment also is good business sense and allows cost savings for our energy-efficient buildings, a geothermal heat exchange system, green roofs and a stormwater management system. Environmental Club member Dan Buranosky, a business major, is using statistics to measure students' recycling habits. Mentored by David Husemoller, CLC Sustainability Manager, Dan is also working on a bike-share program.
Meet Dan Buranosky.
Learn more about the Green Initiatives at CLC.
Kim Rostello and Marcelo Vega discuss the Hand Grip Dynamometer used to assess forearm and grip strength, which is important in the sport of hockey.
Since 2011, Kim Rostello, CLC faculty and Blackhawks exercise physiologist consultant, has encouraged students enrolled in our Health and Wellness Promotion program to join a fitness testing team that works with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team staffs a fitness station and assesses players to determine their hockey fitness level. As the only college that works with the Blackhawks, it's easy to understand why it has a lasting impression on CLC students.
Meet Marcelo Vega, a CLC graduate now pursuing his bachelor’s degree and a current member of the fitness testing team.
Learn more about the Health and Wellness Promotion program at CLC.
Student Heather Seidel conducts multi-spectral crystal imaging, connecting to her biomedical career aspirations.
Many are surprised to learn about the state-of-the-art facilities at the College of Lake County. The laser lab in our Science and Engineering Building is one of the newest in the country, providing exciting opportunities for those interested in the field. Students are able to harness the power of light for hundreds of applications, from modern medicine to airport security to laser light shows.
Learn more about our new facilities for this program and meet Heather Seidel, who earned her certificate and is now a lab technician.
Learn more about the Laser/Photonics/Optics program at CLC.
Former students Michael Hannick and Justin Badua share memories of their time at CLC before transferring to Arizona State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.
Did you know that CLC has established a Guaranteed Transfer Admission program with 23 four-year colleges and universities? These agreements ensure a seamless transfer of credit from CLC to institutions ranging from Northern Illinois University and Lake Forest College to The University of Iowa and the American Business School in Paris, France. By starting your higher education at CLC you can take advantage of our budget-friendly tuition, and have peace of mind, knowing that your CLC courses are guaranteed to transfer. Just ask Justin Badua and Michael Hannick. Justin is a computer engineering major at the
University of Illinois. Our engineering program helped prepare him for his future at U of I by offering small class sizes and easily accessible professors. Likewise, Michael is currently studying for his electrical engineering degree online at Arizona State University. Thanks to CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission, both students’ transfer process was simple, efficient ... and guaranteed.
Learn more about our guaranteed transfer admission agreements.
Student Trustee Hansel Lopez and Board Chair Richard A. Anderson chat in Café Willow, one of the student areas improved, thanks to our strong bond rating.
You may not think that mundane things such as bond ratings and/or financial standings would have much of an impact on our students and their education, but they do. As one of only a handful of community colleges in the nation with a Aaa rating, we are able to invest heavily in our infrastructure, technology and the overall student experience. Just ask Student Trustee Hansel Lopez. When he gets together with Board Chair Richard A. Anderson, they enjoy the latest renovations to one of our many student spaces. And everyone is going to be impressed with the new state-of-the-art Science and Engineering building opening this Spring Semester. Thanks to CLC’s prudent financial stewardship, we are assured to continue providing students a great education in a modern and updated setting, now and well into the future.
Learn more about our Aaa bond rating and how it paves the way for campus improvements.
Instructor Jill Bruellman catching up with former student Violeta Ramirez, who is studying at Ajou University, South Korea, this year.
With over 1,200 students from 50 countries who have studied at CLC over nearly two decades, it is easy to see that diversity is one of our core values. Not only do we enjoy welcoming students from around the world, we offer a robust international education program as well. You may be surprised to learn that nearly 700 CLC students have studied abroad in China, Peru, Italy, the UK and Cuba, to name a few. Just ask Violeta Ramirez about her Japanese academic experience led by instructor Jill Bruellman. She’ll tell you all about the positive impacts it had on her life and career. It’s world connections like this that allow our students to grow and become global citizens on our campus and in their travels abroad.
Meet Violeta Ramirez.
Learn more about the Center For International Education at CLC.
Sandy Beta, nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, with long-time instructor Dr. Carmella Mikol.
You may already know we have an excellent nursing program here at CLC, but did you know we have graduated more than 3,500 RNs? In fact, if you need a nurse, an EMT or assistance from any healthcare professional within
Lake County, chances are good you’ll be treated by CLC alumni. Just ask Sandy Beta, a nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and a CLC graduate. She excels at her position thanks to the patience, empathy and the extraordinary education provided to her by Dr. Carmella Mikol and the rest of the talented CLC instructors and staff.
Meet Sandy and Dr. Mikol.
Learn more about the healthcare programs at CLC.
Long-time instructor Randy Justus with student Natalee Algozino at the Grayslake Fire Station on the campus of College of Lake County.
CLC is the only school in Illinois where firefighter students actually work as interns, gaining real-world
experience. Students work with the Grayslake Fire Protection District’s three firehouses, one of which is on our CLC campus.
Meet Natalee Algozino, currently enrolled in our Fire Science Technology program, and learn more about her experience in this extraordinary program.
“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.”
“I believe that everyone in a classroom serves as a teacher and a student. I take pride in knowing that all of our communication courses have the potential to be life-changing experiences for our students.”
“To create the 'a-ha' moment in my public speaking classes, I set the pace from day one, creating an environment in which my students will feel safe and comfortable.”
“I use many different teaching methods, including: journaling, readings, oral quizzes, in-class and out-of-class activities, role plays, group discussion, media, group work and providing many examples.”
“Whether teaching online or onsite, I encourage active discussions in which students interact with each other as well as the course material.”
“When assigning papers, I encourage my students to choose their subjects carefully. If students can write about a subject about which they are passionate, they will write better papers.”
“Looking back, I had instructors who helped me to see and appreciate the joy, wonder and mystery that exists in the world all around me-whether it is in nature, science and people, or in stories, essays and poetry. I try to do the same thing for my students.”
“I teach because I want to help students imagine a better life for themselves. When they do that, they will be able to imagine a better world for all of us. And that is pretty cool.”
“I knew that I wanted to be a college instructor when I was an undergrad student at UCLA. I would come out of my English classes thrilled with the possibilities that language and literature created.”
“I find it gratifying when I stimulate the students' minds and to see how they go beyond what we do in class; some decide to pursue the subject as a future career. It is very rewarding to know that I can make a difference in students' lives.”
“I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their skills, knowledge, confidence, dedication and their passion for making a difference in the lives of young children and their families.”
“I assess myself by the quality of the engineer that I turn out. Often, I am contacted by students who say that their job requires all of those things they complained about having to learn during the program, and that they appreciate me for not backing down.”
“I maintain an open, questioning environment that encourages all reasonable experiments. In addition, I interweave real-world experiences and practical life skills with the subject material.”
“My main goal is to connect with students in a way that motivates them to learn the material deeply, not just to pass a test. And I really enjoy getting to know students on a personal basis and helping them along the path to being an engineer.”
“As an engineering educator, I am in a unique position: I'm educating individuals who will create and use technology that does not exist today.”
“I want to pass to my students my clinical knowledge and abilities to help them to be the best clinician they can be. My goal is to change their lives for the better.”
“My goal is not only to teach the necessary skills involved in treating patients, but to create meaningful experiences where students can grow and develop into true professionals.”
“I want to prepare graduates to be compassionate, critical-thinking professionals who are committed to life-long learning and promote health and the prevention of disease.”
“Teaching is more than transferring knowledge. I truly want students to succeed in life and in our profession.”
“I incorporate an assortment of teaching methods, including multimedia technology, problem-based learning and hands-on/experiential activities.”
“I emphasize that professional nursing education is a continuous, life-long learning process.”
“I love the chance to create special places that people enjoy, and leaving behind work that will grow and evolve with time.”
“I try to share my passion, skills and experiences to help students learn skills, techniques, concepts and teamwork so they are prepared - not only to graduate, but to work in the hospitality field.”
“Helping put students in a position to make a difference in others' lives - that's what makes my job so rewarding.”
“I am passionate about inspiring new students to understand and embrace the rapidly changing knowledge base in the substance-use fields, particularly as it relates to new brain science, strength-based approaches for treatment and evidence-based practices.”
“I love seeing students' minds expand throughout the semester. The students transform through applying philosophical theories and concepts to their own lived experiences.”
“My most memorable teaching experience is to observe a student enter the program with a specific career goal in mind, and after hard work in our program, obtain a specific job working for the company of his or her dreams.”
“I want to help students become problem solvers in the computer information technology field.”
“Teaching allows me to have a profound and lasting positive effect upon the professions in the criminal justice system, especially law enforcement. I enjoyed being a police officer very much, and I strive to pass on my love for the profession through my teaching.”
“While attending high school, I joined my community's rescue squad, and I soon realized that firefighting and rescue work was my calling in life. It's been rewarding to help people who are experiencing some of the worst days of their life.”
“My main goal is to help students understand and appreciate that education is a way of life rather than a journey to a job.”
“What excites me most about teaching is that I get to witness, time and time again, the transformation from student to polished professional.”
“When I was a CLC student, it was such a great experience because the teachers really care about the students. I decided I wanted to teach biology at a community college, and I still can't believe that I am here. It truly is a dream come true.”
“I tell my students that I am successful not when they finish my class but when I hear that they have graduated from an allied health program.”
“I consider the needs of students every time I plan activities and goals for class. As a result, I utilize multiple teaching strategies, from lecture to a small-group critical thinking activity. In addition, I set and communicate high expectations and teach students how to successfully reach these goals.”
“To create the 'aha' moment in students, I always try to connect classroom topics to common life experiences and use labs and demonstrations to reinforce lectures. One learns more by doing than by hearing.”
“I try to relate course concepts directly to real life. For example, there are real-time weather discussions in my meteorology classes, where students see how the course material applies directly to the weather that affects their lives.”
“Teaching is not just about sharing knowledge, but - most importantly - inspiring students and helping them become life-long learners.”
“My main goal is to help students gain a deep understanding of the underlying concepts we are learning and move beyond the memorization of formulas.”
“My main goal is to reduce the number of people who say, 'I'm not good at math.'”
“Mathematics is so much easier to understand when you concentrate on learning concepts, not memorizing procedures. In my classes, we ask and seek answers questions like, 'What does this mean?' and 'Why does this make sense?'”
“I teach using guided notes and a tablet laptop in order to keep students engaged. Writing on a tablet instead of the chalkboard or whiteboard allows me to face my class, so I can see their reactions and more easily promote discussion.”
“My philosophy of teaching can be summed up by, 'Meet students where they are. Help them move forward.'”
“A student who transferred to Northern Illinois University and took calculus classes there emailed me to thank me for teaching her to be a more prepared student and to learn math throughout the entire semester, instead of cramming.”
“My passion for cars started when I was a young boy, holding a drop light for my dad as he worked on the family car. As time went on, I grew up and my Hot Wheels® cars just got bigger and faster.”
“CLC students are trying to be somebody, to make a difference. I want to understand their needs and help them to get the most out of their time here.”
“I'm fascinated with economics' application to everyday life. When we make decisions related to purchases, or when we make choices about what we will do with our time and resources, it relates to the field of economics.”
“In my classes, students learn that history is not a set of static facts, but a dynamic and active process of interpretation.”
“History explains the world to us. CLC offers many opportunities for faculty and students to travel widely in the world. My travels in Jordan, the Netherlands and in several other countries have broadened my experience and helped me to be a better teacher.”
“I seek to make connections between course content and students' lives and to build relationships with and among students in the classroom. Students flourish when working together toward a common goal and when they realize that they can rely on their peers and professors for support and information.”
“I cannot compete with a smartphone in terms of overall information. Consequently, my teaching objective is not just to disseminate information, which students can get from a variety of sources, but rather to assist students in applying this information in real-world situations.”
“I'm fascinated by psychology's mystery as well as its different explanations, theories and philosophical assumptions about human nature. Perhaps most important, the field has the potential to help people live better.”
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help students navigate college and make decisions that will have a lasting impact on their lives and families.”
“I want my students to be able to recognize the extent to which society influences most of what we do and think, but that we can also change the course of society. To achieve this goal, I often provide a range of different examples and activities. ”
“I believe my students should be active participants in the learning process, and the material should be directly connected to their outside experiences. At the end of the semester, I hope they leave with the belief that they can change the world!”
“Using genealogy and popular culture allows me to make connections for students to unfamiliar sociological theories, by utilizing something they know (their family history; favorite TV shows, or movies) as a starting point.”
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