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Online learning expands to new programs

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 03, 2020

CLC offers both in-person, online and blended classes to students. Virtual classrooms are not new, but many degrees and certificates including criminal justice, human services, early childhood education and supply chain management are now available online.

Criminal Justice

Whether your interest is law enforcement, the courts or corrections, you can learn a criminal justice career all online, beginning this fall.  

“We created this new offering to give students the flexibility to complete their degree on their own schedules,” said Chris Utecht, criminal justice program chair. “CLC is one of the few—if not the only—community college in the Chicago area to offer an A.A.S. in criminal justice entirely online.”  

Female CLC student working on computer

“The online classes are so much easier to complete with my hectic schedules. I love being able to complete my coursework on my own time. Also, the instructor is constantly engaging in our discussions online, and he’s available when I am struggling or need help with a question or problem.” -- Laszlo Kocsor, student and working as a community service officer for the Winthrop Harbor Police Department and a public safety officer for the Zion Park District Police Department 

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CLC is now one of the few two-year schools in Illinois to offer human services certificates and degrees completed entirely online, thanks to the college’s Growth and Innovation Fund. Courses harness the latest interactive technology, including Zoom, cameras and more.

“Even though the courses are online, students will still be required to complete an on-site practicum at an approved community agency,” said Janet Mason, chair of the human services department. “At the site, the student will be under the supervision of a qualified, approved clinical supervisor in addition to the faculty liaison/instructor from CLC.”

Start your CPA certificate online 

Begin your classes to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) online through CLC’s Professional Accounting Certificate program. This program is well-suited for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to complete the requirements for the CPA exam eligibility. 

“CLC is known for our commitment to turn learning experiences into accounting jobs,” said Jeff Varblow, CPA and business instructor. “We have tremendous success placing our accounting students at accounting firms or local businesses.” 

Early Childhood Education 

After hearing staff at local employer partners were paying for very expensive online courses from for-profit colleges and universities to further their educations, CLC now offers the community an all-online program at about one-third the cost of for-profit institutions. 

Early Childhood Education students will benefit from high-quality instruction, according to State of Illinois standards, with flexible course offerings. Working adults with busy families appreciate the convenience of online learning where you can earn five stackable certificates on your way to an A.A.S. degree, from Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education to Early Childhood Level III (Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential). 

Additionally, CLC has an articulation agreement with National Louis University through the University Center of Lake County so you can continue on two different bachelor's-level degree pathways in early childhood education without leaving Lake County. 

“The instructor provides us videos of what to expect on the job, by giving us the chance to experience real-life situations. The convenience and flexibility of online learning allows you do it at your own time and pace. Online courses have helped me to have better time management.”  -- Yenifer Rios, who has taken six ECE courses, graduated in May with an A.A.S. and also plans to earn an A.A. in the field in 2021. 

Supply Chain Management 

The needs of the supply chain have changed, and there is currently a shortage of trained, front-line supply chain management workers in the Lake County area. Based on feedback from major local employers, CLC's Supply Chain Management program provides end-to-end understanding of the supply chain with emphasis on useful tools to analyze and improve efficiencies across the supply chain. 

The program is designed for those already in the field looking to update their skills, high school graduates or career changers. Recognizing the needs of busy professionals, the Supply Chain Management certificates and associate degree may be completed 100% online or in person. 

“CLC’s Introduction to Supply Chain Management certificate has helped me be successful in my current role because I now understand the supply chain from end to end.” -- Francisco Aguilar, Project Manager, Grainger, Inc. 

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.