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CLC’s flexible course options fit busy schedules, even those of Olympians

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 08, 2021

Finding time to pursue an education on top of an already busy schedule can be a struggle. College of Lake County (CLC)'s course options provide the flexibility that allows those like Olympian Laura Zeng to take classes while maintaining their schedule outside of school.

Zeng, a rhythmic gymnast who competed in the last two Olympic games, enrolled at CLC in 2018 after graduating high school because it was local and convenient for her given her busy schedule.

Laura Zeng competing in the Tokyo Olympics“I mostly took online classes, but the few that I did take in-person were easy to manage and very accommodating,” Zeng said. “CLC offers an opportunity to continue your education without having to sacrifice other priorities. You can really customize and tailor the curriculum to your needs and interests, and I'm grateful for the time I spent here.”

Photo courtesy of USA Gymnastics.

CLC offers a mixture of in-person, online and blended courses, allowing students to create a flexible schedule to take classes on their time.

Not only did CLC make getting an education possible in her busy life, but it helped her obtain a quality education.

Though Zeng wasn’t often on campus because she took mostly online courses, she enjoyed being able to utilize different amenities that came with being a student at CLC like access to the library and printing.

“I'm grateful to CLC for offering such a wide range of classes, opportunities and amenities, so people in unique situations like mine can still benefit from higher education,” Zeng said. “From history to philosophy to legal studies, I really felt like I was able to explore whatever interested me. Community college courses are truly a public service: the offerings are diverse and open to people in all kinds of situations.”

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.