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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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.
Although I have fond memories of my college experiences, as a first-generation student, college was a confusing time for me. As a College and Career Navigator, I strive to be a knowledgeable resource for students, helping them navigate the process from applying to CLC to registering for their first semester of classes, to becoming a CLC Lancer. At the College of Lake County, I believe there is an educational track for every student to help them pursue their career goals, and I truly enjoy watching students pursue and successfully achieve their dreams.
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.
As a CLC enrollment representative, I find fulfillment in paying it forward. I try to help students find a path that fits them. 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.
As a graduate of Waukegan High School and College of Lake County, I speak with experience when I say that 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 so many four-year schools. Students also are surprised to hear we have more than 40 student clubs and the opportunity to study abroad. I also emphasize campus diversity. Unlike many four-year colleges, CLC has a wide variety of socioeconomic groups, ethnicity, ages and military veterans. You don’t just learn from instructors at CLC, you learn from other students.
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.
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
I am an advocate for student success, and I consider myself as a ‘dream maker’ because making dreams begins with planning. I team up with students to plan a successful first semester classes along with all the necessary resources for success. I’m committed to supporting and guiding students and parents every step of the way from application to their first day at CLC. And I believe every student who comes to CLC to learn will make an impact in our Lake County economy.
B.A., Argosy University
My academic journey and previous admissions professional experience have led me to CLC, where I am happy to serve as a College and Career Navigator with the students at Round Lake High School. Because of my personal experience maneuvering higher education, I learned the importance of providing access and resources for students as early as possible to prepare them for their college journey. My goal is to work with students as they navigate through the college admissions, application process and to provide unconditional support with transparent access to the many resources available on campus. Resources ranging from academic support, financial aid and so much more. I encourage students to reach out to me, I am always excited to connect and answer questions!
Hello! My name is José Zamora Arcos and I am an Aquarius! I am a first-generation college graduate and immigrant. It is important for me to include both aspects of my identity because both have had a heavy influence on my college experience. I am actually from the area and attended Round Lake Senior High School back in 2012, so I am very familiar with the challenges and endeavors that come with the transition to college and having to navigate these new spaces.
Last name A-F:
As a college and career navigator, my listening skills are critical in helping students who are over 20 years old start at CLC. 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. I ask them what kind of future they see for themselves and how they plan to 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. As a former CLC student, I 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.
Last name G-M:
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
Last name N-T:
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.
My goal is to inspire and advocate for international students to attend higher education in the U.S. at CLC. I encourage international students seeking or currently have an F1 international student visa to contact me directly for admission assistance. I was an international student in Malaysia and Brunei. I have also worked in Cambodia and spent a significant amount of time in Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. The enthusiasm of international students drives me to provide support for them to thrive during their stay at CLC.
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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