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College of Lake County begins limited in-person summer classes

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 22, 2020

Just like change, learning never stops. College of Lake County (CLC) will be different as students return to campus starting in July. Pending the current health climate, CLC will offer a limited number of in-person 5-week classes for students who need to complete hands-on learning to continue their career program and general education requirement classes.

Students wearing masks and observing social distancing in classroomStudents should expect social distancing in the classroom will continue to keep everyone safe in the new COVID-19 reality. CLC has prepared plans to transition students back to campus with safety and social distancing in mind. Summer Boost classes will commence with social distancing of at least six feet apart, face masks, extra hand sanitizer, modified work and student spaces with deep cleaning on a regular basis of classrooms, restrooms and campus spaces.

Students should also expect extra support as they continue their education. Students affected by COVID-19 can access $2.4 million of federal CARES ACT funding. Additionally, CLC and its Foundation earmarked $267,000 for the Lancers Keep Learning fund to help students who aren’t eligible for federal grants. The college also offers students many additional remove support services including mental health support and virtual tutoring and advising.

To help our community, an interdisciplinary college taskforce created a plan to transition back to campus. The plan is a gradual phased approach to prepare CLC’s campuses for the delivery of the Summer Boost session. It is intentionally designed to maximize health and safety of our campus community based on public health guidance and aligns with the Restore Illinois plan. The plan may need to change based on new information from the governor, Illinois Department of Health, Lake County Health Department and Illinois Community College Board.

“CLC’s priority remains to uphold the health and well-being of employees and students, while also ensuring the delivery of a high-quality education for students and a workforce pipeline for Lake County,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “Decisions for fall semester will be guided by the Board of Trustees and the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. It will also be informed by Illinois and Lake County health data, as well as employees.”

In preparation for fall semester, CLC is planning for the ability to offer most of its courses virtually to be responsive to the pandemic as needed and has plans to offer classes in-person should the status of the Restore Illinois plan allow for this. A determination of the circumstances for delivery will be dependent on the information forthcoming on COVID-19 trends in Lake County.

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.