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Campuses coming back to life with tripling of in-person classes

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 05, 2021

As more vaccines are distributed throughout the State of Illinois and Lake County, with an extra lens on safety measures College of Lake County (CLC) is welcoming more students back to campus. The college’s Leadership and Emergency Operations Team is continually working to review data and mitigation recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health to make these decisions. 

SummerAnticipated plans for summer 2021 will incorporate in-person learning for approximately 33 percent of classes offered. This includes classes which offer a hybrid option with some online work. This is a three-fold increase compared to summer 2020 where less than 10 percent of classes had an in-person element. Another third of classes will be online anytime, where students complete the coursework at their own pace. The final third will be live via Zoom.  Safety for staff and students is the college’s top priority while remaining committed to providing the best education possible to all students.   

“We’ve determined the most effective way to support our students and our community is by ramping up our return to in-person learning,” said CLC Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sonya Williams. “We are excited to have more students back on our campuses and will keep working hard to provide a safe environment for their return.”  

In-person class sizes will be limited to smaller capacities to follow social distancing guidelines. These educational delivery methods will continue into the fall 2021 semester. A safe classroom setting helps students concentrate on the coursework while inherently encouraging more interaction and communication within the class. 

“Ultimately, it is about doing our utmost to prepare them for the next step in a career or at a transfer school,” said Williams. “Our mission, values and strategic plan guide every decision we make at CLC. Our pillars of access and success, equity and inclusion, teaching and learning excellence, community and workforce partnerships, collaborative culture and strategic use of resources are best achieved by having students in the classroom.”  

Classes have a variety of start dates, beginning in June. Explore available courses now to prepare before registration opens. For current students, priority registration for both summer and fall sessions begins Monday, March 8, while all new students can register beginning one week later, Monday, March 15. The class schedule along with information on scholarships, class types, payment deadlines and more is available at

Also starting Monday, March 15, registration opens for summer camps at CLC. Camps run one week at a time from June 1 through July 30. Explore Camps are designed for grades 1-8 while Engage Career Exploration Experiences are designed for grades 9-12. Check out all of the camp offerings here.

About College of Lake County: 

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.