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CLC grads can pursue online bachelor’s degrees with SIU Carbondale through Saluki Step Ahead

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jun 06, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) graduates have access to the Saluki Step Ahead Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, offering an avenue to earn a bachelor’s degree online.

HilaryIrenePhotography0Z0A0091“CLC appreciates its long-standing partnership with SIU Carbondale for guaranteed transfer,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “The Saluki Step Ahead advances this partnership in creating seamless paths for CLC graduates by providing access to high demand programs through online learning.”

Following graduation with an associate degree from the community college, students can go on to complete their SIU bachelor’s degrees online and at a lower cost in six academic programs: accounting, business administration, criminology and criminal justice, health care management, psychology and radiologic sciences.

“We are pleased to collaborate with College of Lake County to provide another option for place-bound students in this region,” SIU Carbondale Chancellor Dr. Austin A. Lane said. “If these students cannot come to Carbondale to complete their education, we will bring the experience and resources of a doctoral research university to them. This agreement fits well with our strategic plan, Imagine 2030, and its pillars that address partnerships and student success.”

This new agreement will bring SIU Carbondale to a total of 18 Saluki Step Ahead pacts that the university has with community colleges in Illinois and Missouri.

Students in the program pay the community college rate for their first two years. In the third and fourth years, they receive an annual $4,000 scholarship. The goal is to allow them to earn their degree for $25,000 or less.

For more about Saluki Step Ahead, read the press release announcing the initiative.

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.