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CLC partners with SIU and UCLC for students to earn bachelor’s degree locally

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 15, 2021

A new partnership between College of Lake County (CLC), Southern Illinois University (SIU) and the University Center of Lake County (UCLC) aims to make it easier for students enrolled in career and technical degree programs to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Lake County.

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Fifteen different associate degrees will be eligible for transfer into SIU’s industrial management and applied engineering (IMAE) degree program. This partnership creates new bachelor’s degree pathways for students completing their associate in applied science degree.

“This is an extraordinary effort that hasn’t been done before where all of the advanced manufacturing and transportation programs are included in one partnership,” said Miguel Mireles, career program manager of the engineering, math and physical sciences division. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for career and technical degree students who want to continue down the pathway towards a bachelor’s degree.”

The degrees and certificates that transfer include:

The partnership, thanks to UCLC, will also keep CLC students local. While students will be dually enrolled at CLC and SIU, all the classes will be at CLC and UCLC. This makes it easier on students who may not be able to travel, including those who need to work while in school or might have other family responsibilities.

Keeping the students local for schooling will also help Lake County’s economy and workforce keep and retain local talent.

“Students who stay in Lake County for school are more likely to stay here and help contribute to the local economy,” Mireles said.

While most of the careers in advanced manufacturing and transportation don’t require a bachelor’s degree to get a job in the field and earn a good, family sustaining wage, a bachelor’s degree will allow for more upward mobility into management positions within the student’s chosen field.

When the partnership begins, it will be available to both new CLC students as well as existing program students. For more information about enrolling, contact Ashley Ward, CLC, 847-543-2390, or Carolyn Smith, SIU, 618-453-7828,

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.