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Free classes for new CLC students in Lancer Summer Start program

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 13, 2021

College of Lake County is offering free summer bridge classes for any new student, regardless of age. The new program, Lancer Summer Start, replaces the former Jump Start program and provides the opportunity for new CLC students to enroll in a developmental math or English course plus the new College Success Seminar. It’s a convenient way to prepare for college-level classes in the fall and best of all, it’s free. 

Lancer Summer Start“This summer program is a great way for students to get ahead, save money, learn success skills, meet fellow students and take a big step toward graduation by completing two classes before fall even starts,” said CLC Director of Academic Success Eric Tammes. 

Tuition, fees and textbooks are all included. Additionally, students can check out free laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots and calculators from the CLC library to use throughout their courses. Thanks to an Innovative Bridge and Transition grant from the Illinois Community College Board and a grant from the Steans Family Foundation, Summer Start allows free participation by any new student beginning in summer and continuing into the fall semester. Recent high school graduates as well as adult learners are encouraged to complete the program application, and financial aid information is not required for participation. 

“Students will also benefit from our new onboarding, first year experience, and academic success advising model,” Tammes said. “These strategic changes benefit new students of all ages who experience challenges navigating college life and expectations. Programs like these help support CLC’s diverse and inclusive student-friendly environment.” 

For more information, visit CLC is open to assist students on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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. 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.