Confirmed quality in education

Accreditation refers to an evaluative process that ensures colleges and universities are delivering high-quality education through their programs and services. Students can be assured that CLC delivers high-quality educational services because it is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

To receive accreditation, CLC must satisfy all criteria for accreditation established by recognized accrediting agencies and undergo rigorous review processes. Because CLC holds itself out for accreditation, universities and employers recognize the degrees or certificates earned by CLC students.

External accrediting agencies at the regional and national level develop strict standards for assessing the quality of education offered by an institution or program. Expert reviewers then evaluate evidence that CLC provides to demonstrate that it is financially sound, rigorous in academic programming, supportive to its students and responsive to community needs.

Institutional accreditation

The College of Lake County is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

View the Statement of Accreditation Status for College of Lake County.

Programs with additional accreditation

In addition to CLC’s institutional accreditation, several of the college’s individual programs are accredited as indicated:

Additional information regarding program accreditation can be found on the program webpage and/or by contacting the department chair of each program.


Program Accreditations
CLC ProgramAccrediting Agency
Automotive Collision RepairInter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR)
The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
Automotive TechnologyThe National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
Precision Machining Technology (CNC)National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Dental HygieneCommission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Health Information TechnologyCommission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM)
Health and Wellness PromotionNational Wellness Institute (NWI)
Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering TechnologyPartnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
Human ServicesIllinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA)
Medical AssistingCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Medical ImagingJoint Review Committee on Educational Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
NursingAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Legal StudiesAmerican Bar Association (ABA)
Pharmacy TechnicianAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
PhlebotomyNational Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
Surgical TechnologyCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Children's Learning Centers
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



Online program seal of participation

CLC is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which works to improve the access and quality of distance education programs for students.

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