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New partnership with DePaul University at CLC offers working adults affordable bachelor’s degree

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 19, 2021

The University Center of Lake County (UCLC) at College of Lake County’s (CLC) Grayslake Campus announces a new partnership with DePaul University offering students the opportunity to start their affordable educational career with an associate degree at CLC and end with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Studies (BAPS) with a major in business administration from DePaul – entirely at the Grayslake Campus.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for working adult students to pursue an advanced credential necessary for the local business needs in Lake County,” said CLC Vice President of Community and Workforce Partnerships Dr. Ali O’Brien. “The practical business curriculum provides exposure to a variety of interests including technology, project management, marketing and operations, gearing up the next generation of business leaders. But most importantly, it’s an affordable and flexible option for students who are busy working.”

Students in this program can earn an associate of arts, associate of applied science in business or, with equivalent credit hours, the ability to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration on-site in Grayslake. This degree is offered through DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), a long-standing leader of providing educational opportunities for working adults.

“Adult learners appreciate the value of pathways that extend opportunities sans disruption,” said Dr. Tatum Thomas, dean of DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. “With the complement of the CLC and SCPS offerings, graduates will be poised to create impact in their professions and society — they will continue on life-changing paths.”

Students who take advantage of this pathway pay discounted tuition rates 25 percent lower than the university's undergraduate tuition. The courses are taught by DePaul faculty both on-site at UCLC and online. DePaul’s classes in this program are scheduled to meet two evenings a week at UCLC as a part-time program, with some courses being offered online. Students join a cohort model for taking courses, allowing them to establish a network they'll carry throughout their careers.

Students also receive dedicated advising from SCPS to provide support as they balance work, home and school demands. BAPS builds knowledge and skills for employment in corporate and nonprofit settings. In this program, students build a skill set in project management, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, globalization, ethical conduct, data analytics and professional communication needed to succeed in their career.

Interested students who want to stay close to home while earning an affordable bachelor’s degree at UCLC should request information to review academic goals and create a personal academic success plan.

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.

About DePaul University

DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the U.S. with nearly 22,000 students and more than 300 academic and professional programs. Established in Chicago in 1898, DePaul continues to strengthen what makes it unique: respected academics, real-world knowledge and a commitment to social responsibility, all informed by the place it calls home — the multicultural city of Chicago. The university’s distinctive mission establishes a strong foundation of inclusive liberal-arts education, religious pluralism and social justice — responsibilities that endure in the life of the university today. More at