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There’s always lots to do, see and experience at College of Lake County (CLC). Here are some of the highlights for the month of April.
At CLC, April is designated as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA). Look for events throughout the month to celebrate the identities, experiences and histories of these rich cultures.
Learn about all the Center for International Education has to offer during global citizenship week. Daily events will be held live via Zoom and include information on various study abroad opportunities, cultural presentations from CLC international students and the global citizenship milestone.
Session specifics will be posted on CLC’s news and events page.
Join us for the Make-a-thon kickoff. Learn more about the microcontroller platform and assorted items in the kit. This year’s theme is “Hands Free.” Combine the sensors, motors, programming and some low fidelity prototyping materials to make an invention that operates hands free. The event will begin with a tutorial about the microcontroller and programming.
Register for the live webinar
Author Nicole Chung will read from her national bestselling memoir, All You Can Ever Know: “Growing up in small-town Oregon as a Korean-American adopted by white parents was a lonely experience…Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time” (The New Yorker). Sponsored by the English Department.
Register for the Zoom event
It’s election day in Illinois and who serves in a multitude of government positions will be decided by voters. For information on local elections and how to register visit the Lake County Office of the County Clerk.
Each family that comes through during the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. distribution will receive approximately 50 lbs. of food, including protein, produce, dairy and milk (when available). This can be considered a godsend for students at the college who previously took advantage of the school’s SHARE Market, an on-campus food pantry which has been closed since March. No identification is needed, and no proof of need is required.
Distribution will take place in Parking Lot 3 on CLC’s Grayslake Campus which is just south of Washington Street and off of Lancer Lane.
Music and dance play a significant role in Cambodian traditions and cultures. Come learn more about Cambodian history and culture through a collaborative event presented by the National Cambodian Heritage Museum. Presenters will provide musical performances and dance demonstrations along with discussion. Participants will be able to engage with presenters through Q&As. To learn more about the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, please visit www.cambodianmuseum.org.
Register for the National Cambodian Heritage Museum performance / workhop
This annual juried CLC student is a celebration of drawing, painting, design, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design and animation from fine art and digital media and design majors.
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Sandra Lopez is a first-generation American who is proud of her Mexican culture. She is a big believer in community empowerment and believes everyone can achieve what their heart desires. At a young age, she discovered her passion for art and fostering community. She is a community engagement manager for a public library in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. She is also a contributing author in Today’s Inspired Young Latina, Volume II. Sandra is an artist and an advocate for the inclusion of those of all abilities. She received a BFA from Northeastern Illinois University and an MLS from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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A presentation of the story behind the story and songs by Gosz & Fotos. TRU is a musical that shines a light into the life of Truman, a man living with mental illness personified as a toxic relationship. New to the neighborhood, Isla is an artist seeking to rekindle her lost passion and overcome her anxieties. Their paths meet through a shared loss, and Truman and Isla are left to confront their personal struggles together. The musical presentation will be followed by a post-show panel of creatives, mental health professionals and advocates. Sponsored by: CLC Psychology and Social Action Student Clubs.
Register to receive the Zoom link to this free event
The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 8th-12th grade students to engineering, robotics and computer science using an affordable and accessible robotics competition. The LCRC is organized through a joint effort by the College of Lake County Transfer Engineering Department and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. We want students to have the opportunity to experience STEM education in a fun, competitive, critical thinking manner. The finals is the culmination of a year-long effort by participants to design and build robots to meet the competition requirements.
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Hosted by the Workforce and Professional Development Institute, learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions live via Zoom! Cost: FREE
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Robert Neary, Broadway, television and motion picture actor, captures the nuances of Neil Diamond’s signature vocals in this unforgettable tribute to one of the most popular and successful recording artists of all time, complete with life stories and classic songs. Free Pre-Recorded Virtual Concert!
To register, call the James Lumber Center box office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maker Faire is interactive and educational in all kinds of ways. Maker Faire is not a passive sit-down experience; it’s a hands-on experience that you grab hold of. From simple conversations and detailed explanations to amazing do-it-yourself demonstrations, Maker Faire is all about participation and sharing. Many Makers share presentations with hands-on activities. Others share unusual objects that we don’t see every day.
Visit Lake County Maker Faire to register for free
Elena lives in Moscow, but she occupies two different, equally painful worlds. She’s the second wife of a wealthy man, but they don’t sleep in the same bed. She regularly takes the train to her extended family, but they pressure her with their money problems. When the man has a heart attack, an estranged daughter enters the picture and the issue of inheritance complicates matters further... The AV Club says Elena’s “sharp, surprising turns … catapult the film in an unexpected direction. It’s an austere Russian drama with shades of Hitchcock.” From the director of our previous film, Leviathan.
Participants must have access to Netflix to view the film.
7 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction to the Film
7:15 p.m. - Watch the Film
9 p.m. - Discussion with Dr. Chris Cooling
Register in advance for this International Film Screening & Discussion through Zoom:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Hosted by the Workforce and Professional Development Institute, this virtual workshop provides you with a comprehensive overview of export requirements and procedures. Learn how to prepare for exporting and execute your export plan live via Zoom. Cost: FREE
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Play On! is a celebration of student creativity, talent and achievement. Join CLC students as they showcase their abilities as actors, directors, stage managers, designers and technicians. Ideas for the showcase are solicited in the fall semester and students produce the work in the spring. It might be a full-length play, an evening of one-acts or even an original script: the students will decide!
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The annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of emerging choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, actors and poets. This festival plays a vital role in supporting the artistic development and work of both our college students and our community artists at large.
Contributors to CLC’s award-winning literary magazine, Willow Review, will read from their original poetry and prose. Copies of the 48th issue will be available for mail order sales. Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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Think you know CLC? There’s more to explore. Discover over 170 degrees and certificates offered in CLC’s nine Fields of Interest, all from the comfort of your home. Cost: FREE
Register to attend the Virtual Open House
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.
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
“I believe that everyone in a classroom serves as a teacher and a student. I take pride in knowing that all of our communication courses have the potential to be life-changing experiences for our students.”
“To create the 'a-ha' moment in my public speaking classes, I set the pace from day one, creating an environment in which my students will feel safe and comfortable.”
“I use many different teaching methods, including: journaling, readings, oral quizzes, in-class and out-of-class activities, role plays, group discussion, media, group work and providing many examples.”
“Whether teaching online or onsite, I encourage active discussions in which students interact with each other as well as the course material.”
“When assigning papers, I encourage my students to choose their subjects carefully. If students can write about a subject about which they are passionate, they will write better papers.”
“Looking back, I had instructors who helped me to see and appreciate the joy, wonder and mystery that exists in the world all around me-whether it is in nature, science and people, or in stories, essays and poetry. I try to do the same thing for my students.”
“I teach because I want to help students imagine a better life for themselves. When they do that, they will be able to imagine a better world for all of us. And that is pretty cool.”
“I knew that I wanted to be a college instructor when I was an undergrad student at UCLA. I would come out of my English classes thrilled with the possibilities that language and literature created.”
“I find it gratifying when I stimulate the students' minds and to see how they go beyond what we do in class; some decide to pursue the subject as a future career. It is very rewarding to know that I can make a difference in students' lives.”
“I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their skills, knowledge, confidence, dedication and their passion for making a difference in the lives of young children and their families.”
“I assess myself by the quality of the engineer that I turn out. Often, I am contacted by students who say that their job requires all of those things they complained about having to learn during the program, and that they appreciate me for not backing down.”
“I maintain an open, questioning environment that encourages all reasonable experiments. In addition, I interweave real-world experiences and practical life skills with the subject material.”
“My main goal is to connect with students in a way that motivates them to learn the material deeply, not just to pass a test. And I really enjoy getting to know students on a personal basis and helping them along the path to being an engineer.”
“As an engineering educator, I am in a unique position: I'm educating individuals who will create and use technology that does not exist today.”
“I want to pass to my students my clinical knowledge and abilities to help them to be the best clinician they can be. My goal is to change their lives for the better.”
“My goal is not only to teach the necessary skills involved in treating patients, but to create meaningful experiences where students can grow and develop into true professionals.”
“I want to prepare graduates to be compassionate, critical-thinking professionals who are committed to life-long learning and promote health and the prevention of disease.”
“Teaching is more than transferring knowledge. I truly want students to succeed in life and in our profession.”
“I incorporate an assortment of teaching methods, including multimedia technology, problem-based learning and hands-on/experiential activities.”
“I emphasize that professional nursing education is a continuous, life-long learning process.”
“I love the chance to create special places that people enjoy, and leaving behind work that will grow and evolve with time.”
“I try to share my passion, skills and experiences to help students learn skills, techniques, concepts and teamwork so they are prepared - not only to graduate, but to work in the hospitality field.”
“Helping put students in a position to make a difference in others' lives - that's what makes my job so rewarding.”
“I am passionate about inspiring new students to understand and embrace the rapidly changing knowledge base in the substance-use fields, particularly as it relates to new brain science, strength-based approaches for treatment and evidence-based practices.”
“I love seeing students' minds expand throughout the semester. The students transform through applying philosophical theories and concepts to their own lived experiences.”
“My most memorable teaching experience is to observe a student enter the program with a specific career goal in mind, and after hard work in our program, obtain a specific job working for the company of his or her dreams.”
“I want to help students become problem solvers in the computer information technology field.”
“Teaching allows me to have a profound and lasting positive effect upon the professions in the criminal justice system, especially law enforcement. I enjoyed being a police officer very much, and I strive to pass on my love for the profession through my teaching.”
“While attending high school, I joined my community's rescue squad, and I soon realized that firefighting and rescue work was my calling in life. It's been rewarding to help people who are experiencing some of the worst days of their life.”
“My main goal is to help students understand and appreciate that education is a way of life rather than a journey to a job.”
“What excites me most about teaching is that I get to witness, time and time again, the transformation from student to polished professional.”
“When I was a CLC student, it was such a great experience because the teachers really care about the students. I decided I wanted to teach biology at a community college, and I still can't believe that I am here. It truly is a dream come true.”
“I tell my students that I am successful not when they finish my class but when I hear that they have graduated from an allied health program.”
“I consider the needs of students every time I plan activities and goals for class. As a result, I utilize multiple teaching strategies, from lecture to a small-group critical thinking activity. In addition, I set and communicate high expectations and teach students how to successfully reach these goals.”
“To create the 'aha' moment in students, I always try to connect classroom topics to common life experiences and use labs and demonstrations to reinforce lectures. One learns more by doing than by hearing.”
“I try to relate course concepts directly to real life. For example, there are real-time weather discussions in my meteorology classes, where students see how the course material applies directly to the weather that affects their lives.”
“Teaching is not just about sharing knowledge, but - most importantly - inspiring students and helping them become life-long learners.”
“My main goal is to help students gain a deep understanding of the underlying concepts we are learning and move beyond the memorization of formulas.”
“My main goal is to reduce the number of people who say, 'I'm not good at math.'”
“Mathematics is so much easier to understand when you concentrate on learning concepts, not memorizing procedures. In my classes, we ask and seek answers questions like, 'What does this mean?' and 'Why does this make sense?'”
“I teach using guided notes and a tablet laptop in order to keep students engaged. Writing on a tablet instead of the chalkboard or whiteboard allows me to face my class, so I can see their reactions and more easily promote discussion.”
“My philosophy of teaching can be summed up by, 'Meet students where they are. Help them move forward.'”
“A student who transferred to Northern Illinois University and took calculus classes there emailed me to thank me for teaching her to be a more prepared student and to learn math throughout the entire semester, instead of cramming.”
“My passion for cars started when I was a young boy, holding a drop light for my dad as he worked on the family car. As time went on, I grew up and my Hot Wheels® cars just got bigger and faster.”
“CLC students are trying to be somebody, to make a difference. I want to understand their needs and help them to get the most out of their time here.”
“I'm fascinated with economics' application to everyday life. When we make decisions related to purchases, or when we make choices about what we will do with our time and resources, it relates to the field of economics.”
“In my classes, students learn that history is not a set of static facts, but a dynamic and active process of interpretation.”
“History explains the world to us. CLC offers many opportunities for faculty and students to travel widely in the world. My travels in Jordan, the Netherlands and in several other countries have broadened my experience and helped me to be a better teacher.”
“I seek to make connections between course content and students' lives and to build relationships with and among students in the classroom. Students flourish when working together toward a common goal and when they realize that they can rely on their peers and professors for support and information.”
“I cannot compete with a smartphone in terms of overall information. Consequently, my teaching objective is not just to disseminate information, which students can get from a variety of sources, but rather to assist students in applying this information in real-world situations.”
“I'm fascinated by psychology's mystery as well as its different explanations, theories and philosophical assumptions about human nature. Perhaps most important, the field has the potential to help people live better.”
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help students navigate college and make decisions that will have a lasting impact on their lives and families.”
“I want my students to be able to recognize the extent to which society influences most of what we do and think, but that we can also change the course of society. To achieve this goal, I often provide a range of different examples and activities. ”
“I believe my students should be active participants in the learning process, and the material should be directly connected to their outside experiences. At the end of the semester, I hope they leave with the belief that they can change the world!”
“Using genealogy and popular culture allows me to make connections for students to unfamiliar sociological theories, by utilizing something they know (their family history; favorite TV shows, or movies) as a starting point.”
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