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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!

Fact #10

Freshman Chantal Moody (left) backstage at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts with her Promise Coach, Mary P. Haynes.

Freshman Chantal Moody (left) backstage at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts with her Promise Coach, Mary P. Haynes.

Our Promise Program Offers Free Tuition and Educational Support

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.

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Sue Nierstheimer, Dental Hygiene department chair, along with Claire Salata, Dental Hygiene class of 2018 president.

Our Dental Hygiene Program Spreads Smiles Across the Country

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.

Fact #8

Student and Sustainability Manager on the roof of the award-winning Science and Engineering Building.

Student Dan Buranosky (left), and David Husemoller on the roof of the new award-winning Science and Engineering Building.

We Are the Top Sustainability Community College in Illinois

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.

Fact #7

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.

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.

We're the Only College to Assist the Chicago Blackhawks with Their Fitness Testing

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.

Fact #6

Top 10 - Laser, Photonics and Optics program

Student Heather Seidel conducts multi-spectral crystal imaging, connecting to her biomedical career aspirations.

We're the Only College in Illinois to Offer an Associate Degree and Certificates in the Laser/Photonics/Optics Field

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.

Fact #5

CLC Top 10 - Guaranteed Transfer Admission

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.

Future is Guaranteed with 23 Transfer Agreements

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.

Fact #4

Student Trustee Hansel Lopez and Board Chair Richard A. Anderson chat in Café Willow

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.

Our Aaa Bond Rating Means You'll Get a Better Education

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.

Fact #3


Instructor Jill Bruellman catching up with former student Violeta Ramirez, who is studying at Ajou University, South Korea, this year.

We're the Local College with a Global Reach

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.

Fact #2

top10 healthcare

Sandy Beta, nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, with long-time instructor Dr. Carmella Mikol.

16,000 Students Have Earned Degrees or Certificates in Healthcare

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.

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Long-time instructor Randy Justus with student Natalee Algozino at the Grayslake Fire Station on the campus of College of Lake County.

Our Firefighter Basic Operations Associate Program Is One of a Kind

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.