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Hundreds celebrate college’s golden anniversary at Community 50 Fest

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 31, 2019

Watching hundreds gather July 25 at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus to enjoy snacks, a live band, car show and more as part of the college’s Community 50 Fest, Sylvia Landree, 83, reflected on CLC’s five-decade role in enhancing Lake County’s quality of life.

“The college always makes life better because it give more opportunities for people of all income levels,” said Landree, a Gurnee resident who earned an accounting certificate in the early ‘70s and moved from bookkeeper to accountant for local construction companies. She also hasAerial photo of people forming the number 50 at the Grayslake Campus worked as  tutor at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan. In her retirement, Landree said she “loves” the college’s non-credit Discovery program, providing the 50+ age group with courses on diverse topics, from authors to current events.

Photo: The Community 50 Fest included a group of attendees who formed the number 50 at the Grayslake Campus.

Besides Landree, other attendees who came to celebrate CLC’s golden anniversary included Martha Mena, a Round Lake resident who earned an A.A.S. in early childhood education in 2014.  Now an assistant director at a pre-school, Mena said the “short commute” and CLC’s  economical tuition attracted her. “Having this event, with all these attractions for the family, plus fireworks, is a great way to celebrate CLC’s 50th birthday,” she said, smiling as she watched her nephew enjoy a bouncy house.  

The Community 50 Fest also included a baggo tournament, face painting, raffles and tours of the Grayslake Campus. The Mojo Daddies, a live band, played five decades of tunes ranging from the Beatles to the Foo Fighters. The evening culminated with a spirited fireworks display that drew applause at the end.

Festival-goers also brought about 50 bags of non-perishable food as well as toiletries and other items for the college’s SHARE market, which helps economically disadvantaged students, said Tammy Burns, student services specialist in the college’s Women’s Center. The market, located in Room B013 in the lower level on the Grayslake Campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the summer.  

The 50 Fest is part of more than 50 free events celebrating the college’s 50th Anniversary. For updates and information on other events, as well as 50th Anniversary products and apparel, visit Join in the conversation with #CLC50th on social media.

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College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.