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CLC joins #CCMonth campaign to draw attention to the “community” in community college

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 08, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) is participating in #CCMonth, a monthlong campaign coordinated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The primary goals of #CCmonth are to improve awareness of the economic, academic and equity advantages of attending community colleges. 

Photo of two students chatting“Community colleges are an integral part of ensuring economic growth for communities, success for businesses and social mobility for individuals and families with priorities through strategic partnerships laser-focused on local needs,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “#CCMonth is an opportunity to feature the impact and outcomes that are achieved through the open access mission and commitment to community through these first-class institutions that are vital to our local and state economies.” 

CLC returns the community’s investment with high impact to support the local economy. College operations contributed $150.2 million in economic output in the community last year. 

Public community colleges are a uniquely American educational model designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all. Community college meet every individual where they are and get them where they want to go, whether that is to a family sustaining rewarding career or to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Without community colleges, many American students would be unable to access higher education at all. 

Community colleges guarantee affordable access to higher education and provide flexible learning opportunities, as well as holistic support services to assist students in balancing work, family and achieving success on their educational path. At CLC, all students have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with top-notch faculty and staff who provide enriching learning and co-curricular experiences. 

Community colleges serve the most diverse group of students and communities of any post-secondary option in Illinois. Illinois is #1 in the nation in terms of its community college students earning bachelor’s degrees. Community colleges are also the largest provider of public workforce training in the state, provide dual credit pathways reducing time and cost to degree completion and provide onboarding to college for individuals earning their GED. Over 1,800 high school students are enrolled in dual credit classes at CLC. 

“Community colleges are engines of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said ACCT President and CEO Jee Hang Lee. “They give opportunities to all students, and they support all students throughout their educations, whether they attend to attain an associate degree or certificate, intend to transfer on for a bachelor’s or higher degree, or they take one or a few courses to learn a new skill or expand their horizons.” 

To help celebrate #CCMonth, CLC is hosting an in-person open house between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 9. The free event is open to the public and takes place at all three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan. Learn about the 170 degrees and certificates the college offers in nine fields of interest, as well as financial aid, scholarships and employment opportunities for students. 

Register for Open House here. Walk-ins are welcome. If you are unable to make it on April 9, learn more by tuning in to the virtual Open House from April 18 to 22. 

CLC also is hosting Maker Faire Lake County in-person for the first time on April 9. This year’s Maker Faire is filled with projects made in Lake County. Come to this family-friendly event and learn something new. 

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.