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Earn Free Criminal Justice Certificate in Private Security and Loss Prevention

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 18, 2019

A group of 20 Lake County residents will have the opportunity to earn a Criminal Justice Certificate in Private Security and Loss Prevention at the College of Lake County. Thanks to a competitive Innovative Bridge and Transition Grant awarded to CLC from the Illinois Community College Board, tuition, books and support services will be available free of charge for up to five courses.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the employment of security guards is projected to grow 5 percent by 2026 in the Chicagoland area. In order to address this need, this certificate is aligned as a steppingstone for students to continue on to an associate’s degree or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in a number of criminal justice fields.

Students will work with a team of instructors, academic coaches and employers to successfully complete a total of six consecutive, eight-week courses beginning Jan. 28, 2020. The courses will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9:45 p.m. at CLC’s Grayslake Campus.

For information about this opportunity, contact the Adult Education Student Success Team at (847) 543-2024 or email:

Additionally, the college will host a Criminal Justice Career Exploration Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4  on the Grayslake Campus' Student Street. Explore 10 career options, including security officer, police officer and detective. Other careers include: corrections officer, forensic science technician, probation officer, records clerk, juvenile officer, surveillance investigator and public safety dispatcher. For details, contact the Career and Job Placement Center at (847) 543-2059.