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Keep your community safe with a nursing degree from CLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 19, 2022

May is a global celebration for the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12) who is known as the founder of modern-day nursing. The week May 6-12 is celebrated as Nurses Week in the United States, and this year was designated “You Make a Difference” by the American Nurses Association. At College of Lake County, over 3,900 nursing students have graduated since 1971, many working in Lake County.

Nursing faculty Colleen Milburn and Rav Roque at the nursing celebration“The possibility of a Lake County resident meeting and being cared for by a CLC graduate in a healthcare facility is great,” said Interim Director of Nursing Education Dr. Carmella Mikol. “All of us are extremely proud of the contributions our graduates have made to our community, the nursing profession and ‘Making a Difference.’”

Photo: Nursing faculty Rav Roque (left) AND Colleen Milburn at the nursing week celebration on Wednesday, May 11.

Nursing Instructor Becky Hawarny said, “This is a Lake County resource. We work with many of the hospitals in Lake County. CLC offers education right where students live and the opportunity to work where you live and serve as a nurse in your community.”

CLC’s nursing program provides the same quality education that four-year institutions do at one-fourth of the cost. Graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam immediately after degree completion. Ninety-three percent of students complete the program within six semesters.

Faculty say they choose to teach at CLC because of what the program provides for the community and students.

“When I came here from the Philippines, I went to community college,” said nursing instructor Rav Roque. “Community colleges play a key role in strengthening the community they serve.”

“My uplifting experience at CLC, as an Eastern European immigrant student, has inspired me to help many others who are in a similar situation,” said nursing instructor Dunia Iordan. “CLC provides the perfect outlet to help students with diverse backgrounds feel included. Being able to work at CLC has allowed me to be part of an amazing community and help guide the next generation of nurses.”

Prospective students interested in applying to CLC’s nursing program with no wait list can 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.