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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!

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CCNs are ready to help:

  • Current high school students
  • Recent high school graduates
  • Transfer students
  • GED graduates
  • Homeschool students
  • International students
  • Student currently attending Tech campus

CCNs for Current High School Students

Note: High school students from the following schools can email or call (847) 543-2090:

  • Antioch
  • Lakes Community High School
  • Wauconda
  • Home School Students
  • Non-Lake County High School Students

Erika Davis

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Waukegan High School
  • Cristo Rey College Prep
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I am originally from Chicago, IL. I graduated 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

Jennifer Landmann

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Grayslake Central
  • Grayslake North
  • Lake Zurich
  • Grant
Jenny Landmann

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.

B.A. in International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

Erin Martin

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Deerfield
  • Vernon Hills
  • Libertyville
  • Carmel
  • Lake Forest
  • Highland Park
  • Stevenson

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

Quinnlyn Meadowcroft

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Warren Township High School
Quinnlyn Meadowcroft

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.

  • B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina
  • A. A., College of Lake County

Araceli Mena

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • North Chicago
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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

Yazmin Patino

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Mundelein High School
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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

Carolina Rodriguez

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • Round Lake High School
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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

Ciara White

Students currently attending or recent graduates of:

  • New Tech
  • Zion-Benton
Photo of Jessica Chung

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.

  • B.A. in Communications, Northern Illinois University

CCNs for Adult Learners

Ish Campos

Last Names A-C

Bryn Griffin

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!

  • M.A. Catholic Theological Union
  • B.A. Western Illinois University
  • A.A. College of Lake County

Carlos Catalán

  • Last Names M-Q
  • Workforce Equity Initiative Grant
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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.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • A.A., College of Lake County

Jorge Castro

Last Names T-Z

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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.

  • B.A. in Sociology, Western Illinois University
  • A.A. in Sociology, College of Lake County

Bryn Griffin

Last Names D-G

Bryn Griffin

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

Yesenia Mata

  • (847) 543-3537
  • At the Lakeshore campus on Monday to Friday, at the Grayslake campus on Thursdays
  • Last Names R-S
  • WIOA (Job Center)
  • YCC-Waukegan
  • Youth Build-Lake County
  • Adult Education on all campuses/community
  • Bilingual ECE program
Bryn Griffin

As a first-generation, DACAmented, Latina college student, navigating the higher education system and being the first one in my family to experience many firsts was incredibly challenging. Luckily, I had great mentors along my journey that helped guide me through the process. As a College and Career Navigator, I look forward to supporting others embark on their unique educational journeys. It is exciting to learn about students’ stories and planning for future successes! I have always found fulfillment in empowering others and helping my community blossom. I consider myself incredibly lucky to serve my community as a career and am grateful to have the opportunity to do that every day.

B.S. in Accounting, Northeastern Illinois University
A.A., College of Lake County

Alyiah White

Last Names H-L

Photo of Alyiah White

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!

  • M.S. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Northern Illinois University

For International Students

International Students please contact the Department of Global Engagement:

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


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