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Sparks fly at State of the College

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 07, 2022

College of Lake County’s new Advanced Technology Center in Gurnee was a prime backdrop for the annual State of the College address on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Community members learning about the equipmentCLC President Dr. Lori Suddick spoke to community members and local partners about the future strategic direction of the institution. You can read the Community Impact Report online. This report shares the latest about how CLC lives up to its mission and vision, highlighting the following:

  • Community commitment
  • Global engagement
  • Learning for all ages
  • Culturally focused and relevant experiences for students and surrounding areas
  • Donors who open doors to educational opportunities for all in Lake County

Community member learning about industrial technologyAccompanied by Welding Instructor Karsten Illg and a welding student, Dr. Suddick also participated in a unique metal ribbon cutting.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the ATC opened its doors to the community for a Grand Opening event for the whole family. Culinary students gave out free food, WXLC live broadcasted and faculty did demonstrations. The event was a great opportunity to see the 27,000 square foot new welding and fab lab and new INT and Hydraulics lab space up close.

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 in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.