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Who We Are


The 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.


The College of Lake County is a leader in providing innovative education and workforce solutions.

A life-changing path

The College of Lake County provides students with a life-changing path from dreams to bright futures.

At CLC, students find all the practical prerequisites for their success: wide-ranging academic options, tuition value, convenient locations and small classes taught by caring faculty.

More than that, they also find inspiration and motivation from faculty and staff with high expectations of them. Strong academics, combined with counseling, career advice, and learning support, take students from where they are toward where they want to go. 

Success of graduates

Our success in changing lives is proven by the success of our graduates. Some have gone on to top universities like Northwestern, the University of Illinois and even Harvard. CLC gave them their educational start on the path to becoming nurses, doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors and scientists.

For others, CLC provided the solid skills and education to start careers as nurses, paralegals, technicians, construction managers and many other professions.


The College of Lake County first opened for classes on September 25, 1969, welcoming 2,360 students to that first fall semester. In the years since then, more than 400,000 students have passed through our doors. Revisit the college through the years on our College of Lake County Timeline.

Strategic Plan

CLC sets priorities and allocates resources through a strategic plan that aligns its mission, vision, values and strategic goals.


The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission's Open Pathway model. Learn more about our accreditation.