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Your College and Career Navigator (CCN) is your personal "go to person" to guide and support you in becoming a CLC Lancer. CCNs assist you with learning about CLC, career exploration, selecting a field of interest and program of study, first semester course selection, academic and financial planning, and successful transition into CLC.

Check out the list below to find your CCN based on your high school or academic experience. Then, contact your CCN to talk about your future at CLC!

CCNs are ready to help:

  • Current high school students
  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • Adult learners 24 and older
  • GED graduates
  • Homeschool students
  • International students
  • Student currently attending Tech campus

CCNs for Current High School Students

Felix Castillo

Students currently attending:

  • Mundelein
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"As first-generation college student it was extremely difficult for me to navigate through my higher education – I made every FGCS mistake from opening unnecessary credits cards, to settling in taking out loans, and not looking for scholarship to fund my education. To find my support system on campus I had to push myself out of my comfort zone and ask for help. I want to use my experiences to advise students to make wiser decisions about their higher education, while also considering their future goals. I believe it is important for me to meet my students where they are at in their college transition process. Not every student is going to need the same type of support. Therefore, I am a strong believer in building authentic relationships with my students to develop trust and allow me the opportunity to understand where the support is needed for that student. I am extremely excited to serve as a CCN and work with the students at Mundelein High School during their transition to the College of Lake County."

  • B.A. in Sociology, Northern Illinois University

Erika Davis

Students currently attending:

  • Antioch
  • Carmel
  • Cristo Rey
  • Deerfield
  • Grant
  • Grayslake Central
  • Grayslake North
  • Highland Park
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Zurich
  • Lakes
  • Libertyville
  • Stevenson
  • Vernon Hills
  • Waukegan
  • Waukegan Career Academy
  • Waukegan East
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I am originally from Chicago, IL. I graduate in the fall of 2016 from Northern Illinois University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. As a low income, first generation student, graduating from college was not easy. But it is because of my experience that I feel deeply connected to college access and success.

Students are my passion. Leading with empathy, I believe it important to get to know who a student is and what is important to them. I want the students I work with to see me as trusted adult that will treat them with respect and provide unfiltered support and guidance. My educational journey and prior work experience has lead me to CLC, where I can help students through the admissions process, discover their dreams and turn them into reality.

  • B.A. in Communications, Northern Illinois University

Melicia Eder

Students currently attending:

  • New Tech
  • Zion-Benton
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As a CLC enrollment representative, Melicia finds fulfillment in paying it forward. “I try to help students find a path that fits them," she said. "No matter where they are in terms of age or academic ability, there’s a place for them at CLC. If a student is concerned about finances, I let them know that financial aid and scholarships are available. At CLC, you can save money while having the same quality of education as the first two years of four-year college or university.”

  • B.A. in social science, Northern Illinois University
  • A. A., McHenry County College

Norma Guzman

Students currently attending:

  • Warren
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A graduate of Waukegan High School and College of Lake County, Norma speaks with experience when she says CLC has many qualities beyond the affordable tuition and small class sizes. "When I talk to high school students, many are impressed to learn of our guaranteed transfer admission agreements with 31 four-year schools," she said. "They also are surprised to hear we have more than 40 student clubs and the opportunity to study abroad." Another quality Norma emphasizes is campus diversity, "Unlike many four-year colleges, CLC has a wide variety of socioeconomic groups, ethnicities, ages and military veterans. You don’t just learn from instructors at CLC, you learn from other students."

  • B.A. in business management, UW-Parkside
  • A.A. in business, College of Lake County

Araceli Mena

Students currently attending:

  • North Chicago
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I was raised in Lake County and graduated from Round Lake High School. As a first-generation college student, I understand some of the challenges that students in our community encounter when pursuing a higher education. Navigating the college process from the initial step of applying to selecting courses can be overwhelming and confusing. However, this can be easily prevented if students have the right support system to guide them along their journey. As a College and Career Navigator (CCN), my goal is to empower students and help them see that higher education is a realistic and attainable option. CLC offers a quality education and is equipped with the necessary tools to ensure student success. I am thrilled to be part of the CCN team and to witness my students achieve their goals and dreams.

B.A., Lawrence University


Klaudya Padilla

Students currently attending:

  • Round Lake
Klaudya Padilla

Klaudya enrolled in a summer English composition class at CLC before starting at Marian University. Her CLC experience would later inspire her to give back as a recruiter. “I'm able to help people and work with a diverse population, from first-generation college students to single parents juggling school with a job and kids,” she said. “My background has prepared me to listen and provide support to students, helping them navigate the admission process.” She tells prospective students how CLC faculty and staff are what set the college apart. “CLC professors know your name and are happy to help you outside of class,” she said. “You can get nearly the same experiences you’d find at a four-year college, but at a much more affordable tuition.”

  • M.S. in Management, Marian University
  • B.S.W. in psychology and social work, Marian University

Carolina Rodriguez

Students currently attending:

  • Wauconda
Sarah Nyquist

Carolina is an advocate for student success. She refers to herself as a “dream maker” because making dreams begins with planning. Carolina teams up with students to plan a successful first semester classes along with all the necessary resources for success. She is committed to supporting and guiding students and parents every step of the way from application to their first day at CLC. “Every student who comes to CLC to learn will make an impact in our Lake County economy,” says Carolina.

B.A., Argosy University


CCNs for Adult Learners

Sarah Nyquist

Last name A-F:

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • Adult learners 24 and older
  • Homeschool Students A-K
Sarah Nyquist

If you’re older than 20 years old, Sarah can help you start at CLC. She said listening skills are critical in her work. "If someone is unsure of the value of a college education, or has no clearly defined career goals, I try to meet them where they are," she said. “I ask, ‘What kind of future do you see for yourself? How will you get there?’ When I point out a college education and the learning of a marketable skill are big factors in earning more money, they usually see the worthwhile investment." While she was a CLC student, Sarah appreciated flexible scheduling, affordable tuition and caring professors. "Many people are not aware of CLC’s short-term career certificates. Your earning potential can increase with every step of your education."

  • M.S. in student affairs in higher education, Missouri State University
  • B.S. in sociology, Illinois State University
  • A.A., College of Lake County

Bryn Griffin

Last name G-M:

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • Adult learners 24 and older
  • GED graduates
Sarah Nyquist

"I love to learn and am always looking to improve myself. I believe that education is essential in being able to better your life and you are never too old to learn. I have spent almost my entire working life helping people in some form or fashion and teaching in various capacities. Being able to help students of all ages from all walks of life with their educational and career goals is my way of giving back to my community, and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy to be able to do so."

B.A., Purdue University West Lafayette


Alyiah White

Last name N-T:

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • Adult learners 24 and older
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"I attended Northern Illinois University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2018. After graduation I began working for the state agency that focuses on financial aid and college access. I currently am working on my MS Ed. In Higher Education and Student Affairs at NIU. My work and studies in higher education ignited my passion for helping students with the transition from life after high school to post-secondary education. I am excited to help students start their journey to success at CLC. I believe that the holistic development of the student is imperative to students' success and CLC’s programs and resources will do more than prepare them for their bright futures. As a college and career navigator I hope to assist students with everything they need to get started at CLC from their initial inquiry about our programs all the way to advising. I believe that post-secondary education is attainable for all students even those who have started their college journey later than expected. Everyone’s path may not look the same, but it is my job to help students find theirs."

  • B.A. in psychology, Northern Illinois University

Ashley Ward

Students currently attending:

  • Tech campus

Last name U-Z:

  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • Adult learners 24 and older
  • Homeschool Students L-Z
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“I’m excited to be back at CLC and to help others see the value of college, because without a college education, I would not have had the opportunities that I have experienced,” said Ashley. She enrolled at the College of Lake County after graduating from Carmel Catholic High School in 2006. The support she received from CLC counselors, professors and financial aid staff made such an impression on her that she decided to return to CLC as a staff member. “Now I have a chance to work one-on-one with new and prospective students and show them how a college education can open doors,” she added.

  • M.A. in sociology, Roosevelt University
  • B.A. in sociology, Roosevelt University

Colleen Gray

  • International students
Sarah Nyquist

Colleen wants to inspire and advocate for international students to attend higher education in the US at CLC. International students seeking or currently have a F1 international student visa, should contact Colleen directly for admission assistance. She has vast experience working overseas as well as being an international student in Malaysia and Brunei. She has taken four years of Bahasa Malay and Bahasa Indonesian during college. In addition, Colleen has lived and worked in Cambodia and has spent a significant amount of time in Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. “I am driven by the enthusiasm of international students and I thrive to support them to during their college career with CLC.”

  • M.A. in anthropology, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. in women's studies and southeast Asian studies, Northern Illinois University

If your high school is not listed above, please contact Recruitment Services and Onboarding.

 

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