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CLC offers students over 30 new and revised degrees and certificates in 2022

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 01, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) is offering students new educational opportunities and helping students save time and money on existing ones after the Board of Trustees approved a variety of new and revised degrees and certificates set to being in the 2022 summer and fall semesters. 

Students studyingAll new and revised degrees and certificates have received full support internally, as well as from the college’s workforce partners. These programs were selected because of Career and Technical Education Perkins grant requirements, for areas with gender inequity, workforce demand, the ability to fill jobs in Lake County and pay graduates family-sustaining wages. 

“It’s important to align with the workforce needs and skills required by our external partners,” said Vice President of Educational Affairs Dr. Sonya Williams. “Having an in-depth assessment helps us stay on the right track and shows we are using our resources wisely to invest in programs that will get students into the workforce after graduation.” 

Additionally, the faculty gave input on revising academic programs. Changes were made to streamline student progress and determine whether certain classes were needed for completion. The removal of unnecessary courses saves students both time and money. 

The college is seeking approval from the Illinois Community College Board. 

New and revised degrees and certificates include: 

Industrial Technology Specialist (new) 

  • Degrees: Electrical Maintenance Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) (new), Industrial Maintenance Technology AAS (new), Mechanical Maintenance Technology AAS (new) 
  • Degrees: CNC AAS (revised)

  • Certificates: Machine Operator (revised), CNC Programming Technician (revised), CNC Setup Technician (revised) 

  • Degrees: Drafting Technology AAS (revised) 
  • Certificates: Solid Works (revised), AutoCAD (revised), Architectural Designer (new), Civil Designer (new), Mechanical Designer (new) 
  • Degrees: Welding Fabrication Technology AAS (revised) 
  • Certificates: General Welding (new), Welding Fabrication (new), Shield Metal Arc Welding (revised), Gas Metal Arc Welding (revised), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (revised), Advanced Welding Fabrication (revised) 
  • Certificates: Excel (new), Word (new) 
  • Degrees: Network Administrator and Cyber Security AAS (revised) 
  • Certificates: Security (new), Linux Administrator (new), Help Desk (new), Cloud Security (new), Enterprise Windows Administrator (new), Ethical Hacker (new), Network Administrator and Cyber Security (revised) 
  • Degrees: Early Childhood Educator AAS (revised) 

Graphic Designer 

  • Degrees: Graphic Designer AAS (revised) 
  • Certificates: Digital Content Designer and Production (new), Digital Media and Social Media Marketing (new) 

Registration for the summer and fall semesters begins March 14. For more information, visit

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.