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College and Career Navigators work within the Student Recruitment and Onboarding office. We provide information about college programs and services to prospective students and assist students with the application and enrollment process. We take CLC out to the community through visits to area libraries, businesses and community organizations. We also have partnerships with Lake County high schools where some have an embedded CCN.
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!
As a College and Career Navigator, I believe in encouraging students to take ownership of their educational and professional journey. I hope to collaborate with students to discover their passion and help define how they will use their education to not only improve their own lives but also their communities. With my studies in adult and higher education, I believe and am committed to supporting and empowering students in every step of their journey at CLC. I believe that my mentor from my undergrad and graduate experiences played a key role in my journey of finding my “why”. I hope to be that mentor to students to help them find their “why” and help define what success means to them.
M.S. Ed. in Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
B.A. in Music, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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.
I was raised in Lake County and graduated from Warren Township High School. As a College and Career Navigator, I want to encourage my students and to help them succeed in their educational and professional journeys. I hope to work with them and help them to discover their passions as well as their paths. I want to empower them and show them all the opportunities CLC has to offer.
I am a Lake County native. I’ve lived in Round Lake for a majority of my life. I graduated from Grayslake Central High School and I am also a College of Lake County graduate. As a first-generation student, navigating the world of higher education was a challenging experience. Starting my college career at CLC allowed me to develop both as an individual and as a student. As a College and Career Navigator, I strive to be a resource for all students as they navigate the world of higher education from application through enrollment. My goal is to help all students achieve their academic goals by offering resources to remove and overcome barriers.
B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, Lake Forest College
A.A College of Lake County
I was raised in Lake County and graduated from Zion Benton Township High School. Growing up as a first-generation college student helped me understand how important understanding the college process is for students. I attended Northern Illinois University where I earned my bachelor's degree in communications. After college, I worked for a state agency where I helped students with financial aid and the college process. Since I have been through this process myself, I want to help others pursue the higher education dreams they desire. As a College and Career Navigator (CCN), my mission is to assist students with obtaining their higher education goals here at CLC.
I am a proud Latina and Round Lake High School alum. As a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college student, I believe acquiring an education leads to endless opportunities. More importantly, education is a powerful tool to generate positive change in our communities. Navigating the college process from the initial step of applying to selecting courses can be overwhelming. As a College and Career Navigator (CCN), my goal is to empower and support students along their college journey.
M.A. in Higher Education Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University
B.A. in Psychology & Spanish, Lawrence University
Carolina Rodriguez is a Lead College and Career Navigator at the College of Lake County. She is a high school graduate of Waukegan High school and a first-generation graduate from Argosy University. She is committed to supporting and guiding students and parents every step of the application process. Inspired by her immigration and first-generation experience, Carolina strives to break down barriers that impact all students, especially those affected by their immigration status.
B.A., Argosy University
I am a CLC Alumni where I got my Associates degree and played softball for two years. I grew up in Lake Villa and went to Grayslake North Highschool. After earning my A.A. at CLC I transferred to the University of North Carolina where I received my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and Bachelor's in Psychology. As a College and Career Navigator, I plan to work with students in deciding their next step in education, even if they haven’t yet found their passion for a specific career. I hope to help students find their interests in different fields while taking some of the pressure off of “having it all figured out." There is no timeline on life, despite the societal pressures put on today’s generations. I hope to inspire students to succeed in not only their education, but their life paths as well.
I grew up in Lake County but finished my high school education at Wheeling High School. Upon graduation, I was accepted at the University of Illinois in Chicago for engineering. As a first-generation Latino in STEM, I sought support in navigating higher education and engineering; I found my support system in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). I had the opportunity to give back to a program that supported me so much as a leading board member. It was there that I discovered my passion for helping people. As a mentor and teacher's assistant, I learned how to support first- and second-year students effectively, achieve their academic goals, and transition into higher education. As a College and Career Navigator, I'm proud to continue helping alleviate students' concerns as they begin their educational journey here at CLC.
A College and Career Navigator (CCN) is all about getting to know students and building relationships. This gives me the opportunity to directly impact student success. I am excited to work hands-on with students and steer them along the right path; playing an integral role in fostering student persistence and success through direct guidance and coordination of campus and community-based services. Through my role as CCN, seeing students who may have fallen short of their goal pick up and try again and helping students stay determined and focused is equally rewarding!
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
I attended College of Lake County for my Associates Degree and then went on to Northeastern Illinois University to earn my Bachelor’s degree. Before becoming a College and Career Navigator (CCN), I was a tutor at NEIU. I love working with students and helping them achieve their goals. As a CCN, I want to help put students on the path to success. I hope to encourage students to pursue their passions and give them the necessary tools to start their journey.
As a proud first-generation college graduate, I can personally attest that the College of Lake County has opened so many doors for my academic and professional career. Regardless of the hurdles that came my way, everyone at CLC made themselves available so that I could access the necessary resources to ensure my success. Because of this support, it made my transition to a four-year institution so much easier. Roles like the College and Career Navigator are an integral part of the student experience, and I am beyond excited to give back to the institution that has provided me with so much!
B.S. in Accounting, Northeastern Illinois University
A.A., College of Lake County
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I was raised in Waukegan, Illinois. CLC created so many opportunities for me both academically and professionally. I want to be able to provide students at CLC with the same if not better academic experience. I have experience in higher education, specifically financial aid. Through my experience in working in financial aid, I have seen first-hand how much great guidance and support can positively impact student overall college experience. As a College and Career Navigator (CCN) I want to be able to become a resource for all students so that I can help them achieve their academic goals and overcome barriers.
Alyiah White is a Lead College and Career Navigator at the College of Lake County.
I am excited to help students start their journey to success here at CLC and beyond. 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!
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If your high school is not listed above, please contact Recruitment Services and Onboarding.
Learn about our new student recruitment process and services from CLC’s College and Career Navigators. Hear about the benefits our Navigators will offer to both new students and adult learners.
“CLC offers so much more than cost savings. I’ve received an excellent education that’s a good stepping stone to my goal of becoming a marriage counselor.”
“CLC is such a welcoming environment for international students. Within my first year here, I was helping other international students as a student ambassador.”
“I rediscovered my love of chemistry at CLC. My professor was such a great teacher and passionate about chemistry that it was easy to go to class and learn.”
“CLC has absolutely played a role in changing my educational and career goals. I had space to explore different fields and talk to many knowledgeable people about careers and opportunities.”
“I loved my education courses. The professors bring a lot of experiences into their classrooms, and everything we learn builds from class to class.”
“The nursing skills lab at the Grayslake Campus is great because the equipment is similar to what nurses use on the job. The clinicals were also great hands-on learning experiences, and the CLC instructors have a great relationship with area hospitals and clinics.”
“I have enjoyed all the instructors in the horticulture department, especially their expertise and practical work experiences. All the classes that I have taken are pertinent to my career choice.”
“CLC's field school in Belize was my first official exposure to anthropology in general and archaeology in specific. The college's field study trips are a great way to gain in-depth exposure on a field one might be considering.”
“Really get to know your professors; they are the ones who will write you a letter of recommendation in a few years, so keep in touch with them.”
“The business expertise and management advice from my small business advisor has been extremely helpful from our first meeting and to this day. He has helped me create a clear vision for the future of my company and a detailed action plan to execute it.”
“The automotive technology program has smaller class sizes than at competing schools. That's really important, because it allows more hands-on experience and a better-quality education.”
“College is the best decision I ever made. As a senior at Zion-Benton High School, I received a scholarship to CLC. I thought, “This is an opportunity.””
“The entire Illinois SBDC International Trade Center staff is an invaluable resource – always available, honest and thorough. If there is a subject outside their realm, they have a network of referrals who are experienced in that field.”
“The Truck Driver Training course built my confidence and really prepared me well for a successful career in this field.”
“In my first semester at the U of I, I attained a GPA of 3.8. CLC did a great job of preparing me for classes at one of the top engineering schools in the world.”
“I chose CLC’s Small Business Development Center for guidance and help meeting people who have already gone through the process of starting a business. They are a great team of experts to have on my side.”
“I became the first community college student accepted as an intern at a newsroom in Erie, Penn., thanks to my experiences on The CLC Chronicle and working with Professor Kupetz. That first internship opened many doors for me.”
“I am currently working part-time as a paralegal while enrolled as a full-time student in Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies program. If I had not received the education I had from CLC, I would not have the part-time job.”
“What I like especially about the mechatronics classes is the hands-on learning and the helpful instructors who want you to succeed. We also went on field trips to companies, where we got a chance to see practical, real-world examples of ideas such as building and maintaining assembly lines.”
“CLC is super well-rounded and excels at pretty much everything it does. It's really cool to know that no matter what you want, you have a strong chance at success at CLC.”
“The course prepared me for a veterinary assistant job and the externship was a great part of the reason I felt prepared.”
“CLC is a melting pot; a microcosm of America. The students come from so many different backgrounds and contexts, that you learn almost as much from your classmates as you do from your courses.”
“Margie Porter, who is chair of the mechatronics technology program, understands the challenge of juggling a job, college courses and raising a family. She helps you build your self-confidence in learning the material.”
“One great part of CLC's hospitality and culinary management program is the opportunity to put together a portfolio of your work. It teaches you how to be organized and professional, and it's a great thing to carry into a job interview.”
“I believe that everyone in a classroom serves as a teacher and a student. I take pride in knowing that all of our communication courses have the potential to be life-changing experiences for our students.”
“To create the 'a-ha' moment in my public speaking classes, I set the pace from day one, creating an environment in which my students will feel safe and comfortable.”
“I use many different teaching methods, including: journaling, readings, oral quizzes, in-class and out-of-class activities, role plays, group discussion, media, group work and providing many examples.”
“Whether teaching online or onsite, I encourage active discussions in which students interact with each other as well as the course material.”
“When assigning papers, I encourage my students to choose their subjects carefully. If students can write about a subject about which they are passionate, they will write better papers.”
“Looking back, I had instructors who helped me to see and appreciate the joy, wonder and mystery that exists in the world all around me-whether it is in nature, science and people, or in stories, essays and poetry. I try to do the same thing for my students.”
“I teach because I want to help students imagine a better life for themselves. When they do that, they will be able to imagine a better world for all of us. And that is pretty cool.”
“I knew that I wanted to be a college instructor when I was an undergrad student at UCLA. I would come out of my English classes thrilled with the possibilities that language and literature created.”
“I find it gratifying when I stimulate the students' minds and to see how they go beyond what we do in class; some decide to pursue the subject as a future career. It is very rewarding to know that I can make a difference in students' lives.”
“I enjoy seeing my students learn and grow in their skills, knowledge, confidence, dedication and their passion for making a difference in the lives of young children and their families.”
“I assess myself by the quality of the engineer that I turn out. Often, I am contacted by students who say that their job requires all of those things they complained about having to learn during the program, and that they appreciate me for not backing down.”
“I maintain an open, questioning environment that encourages all reasonable experiments. In addition, I interweave real-world experiences and practical life skills with the subject material.”
“My main goal is to connect with students in a way that motivates them to learn the material deeply, not just to pass a test. And I really enjoy getting to know students on a personal basis and helping them along the path to being an engineer.”
“As an engineering educator, I am in a unique position: I'm educating individuals who will create and use technology that does not exist today.”
“I want to pass to my students my clinical knowledge and abilities to help them to be the best clinician they can be. My goal is to change their lives for the better.”
“My goal is not only to teach the necessary skills involved in treating patients, but to create meaningful experiences where students can grow and develop into true professionals.”
“I want to prepare graduates to be compassionate, critical-thinking professionals who are committed to life-long learning and promote health and the prevention of disease.”
“Teaching is more than transferring knowledge. I truly want students to succeed in life and in our profession.”
“I incorporate an assortment of teaching methods, including multimedia technology, problem-based learning and hands-on/experiential activities.”
“I emphasize that professional nursing education is a continuous, life-long learning process.”
“I love the chance to create special places that people enjoy, and leaving behind work that will grow and evolve with time.”
“I try to share my passion, skills and experiences to help students learn skills, techniques, concepts and teamwork so they are prepared - not only to graduate, but to work in the hospitality field.”
“Helping put students in a position to make a difference in others' lives - that's what makes my job so rewarding.”
“I am passionate about inspiring new students to understand and embrace the rapidly changing knowledge base in the substance-use fields, particularly as it relates to new brain science, strength-based approaches for treatment and evidence-based practices.”
“I love seeing students' minds expand throughout the semester. The students transform through applying philosophical theories and concepts to their own lived experiences.”
“My most memorable teaching experience is to observe a student enter the program with a specific career goal in mind, and after hard work in our program, obtain a specific job working for the company of his or her dreams.”
“I want to help students become problem solvers in the computer information technology field.”
“Teaching allows me to have a profound and lasting positive effect upon the professions in the criminal justice system, especially law enforcement. I enjoyed being a police officer very much, and I strive to pass on my love for the profession through my teaching.”
“While attending high school, I joined my community's rescue squad, and I soon realized that firefighting and rescue work was my calling in life. It's been rewarding to help people who are experiencing some of the worst days of their life.”
“My main goal is to help students understand and appreciate that education is a way of life rather than a journey to a job.”
“What excites me most about teaching is that I get to witness, time and time again, the transformation from student to polished professional.”
“When I was a CLC student, it was such a great experience because the teachers really care about the students. I decided I wanted to teach biology at a community college, and I still can't believe that I am here. It truly is a dream come true.”
“I tell my students that I am successful not when they finish my class but when I hear that they have graduated from an allied health program.”
“I consider the needs of students every time I plan activities and goals for class. As a result, I utilize multiple teaching strategies, from lecture to a small-group critical thinking activity. In addition, I set and communicate high expectations and teach students how to successfully reach these goals.”
“To create the 'aha' moment in students, I always try to connect classroom topics to common life experiences and use labs and demonstrations to reinforce lectures. One learns more by doing than by hearing.”
“I try to relate course concepts directly to real life. For example, there are real-time weather discussions in my meteorology classes, where students see how the course material applies directly to the weather that affects their lives.”
“Teaching is not just about sharing knowledge, but - most importantly - inspiring students and helping them become life-long learners.”
“My main goal is to help students gain a deep understanding of the underlying concepts we are learning and move beyond the memorization of formulas.”
“My main goal is to reduce the number of people who say, 'I'm not good at math.'”
“Mathematics is so much easier to understand when you concentrate on learning concepts, not memorizing procedures. In my classes, we ask and seek answers questions like, 'What does this mean?' and 'Why does this make sense?'”
“I teach using guided notes and a tablet laptop in order to keep students engaged. Writing on a tablet instead of the chalkboard or whiteboard allows me to face my class, so I can see their reactions and more easily promote discussion.”
“My philosophy of teaching can be summed up by, 'Meet students where they are. Help them move forward.'”
“A student who transferred to Northern Illinois University and took calculus classes there emailed me to thank me for teaching her to be a more prepared student and to learn math throughout the entire semester, instead of cramming.”
“My passion for cars started when I was a young boy, holding a drop light for my dad as he worked on the family car. As time went on, I grew up and my Hot Wheels® cars just got bigger and faster.”
“CLC students are trying to be somebody, to make a difference. I want to understand their needs and help them to get the most out of their time here.”
“I'm fascinated with economics' application to everyday life. When we make decisions related to purchases, or when we make choices about what we will do with our time and resources, it relates to the field of economics.”
“In my classes, students learn that history is not a set of static facts, but a dynamic and active process of interpretation.”
“History explains the world to us. CLC offers many opportunities for faculty and students to travel widely in the world. My travels in Jordan, the Netherlands and in several other countries have broadened my experience and helped me to be a better teacher.”
“I seek to make connections between course content and students' lives and to build relationships with and among students in the classroom. Students flourish when working together toward a common goal and when they realize that they can rely on their peers and professors for support and information.”
“I cannot compete with a smartphone in terms of overall information. Consequently, my teaching objective is not just to disseminate information, which students can get from a variety of sources, but rather to assist students in applying this information in real-world situations.”
“I'm fascinated by psychology's mystery as well as its different explanations, theories and philosophical assumptions about human nature. Perhaps most important, the field has the potential to help people live better.”
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to help students navigate college and make decisions that will have a lasting impact on their lives and families.”
“I want my students to be able to recognize the extent to which society influences most of what we do and think, but that we can also change the course of society. To achieve this goal, I often provide a range of different examples and activities. ”
“I believe my students should be active participants in the learning process, and the material should be directly connected to their outside experiences. At the end of the semester, I hope they leave with the belief that they can change the world!”
“Using genealogy and popular culture allows me to make connections for students to unfamiliar sociological theories, by utilizing something they know (their family history; favorite TV shows, or movies) as a starting point.”
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