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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

Jessica Chung

Students currently attending:

  • Grayslake North
  • Grayslake Central
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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.

  • B.A., CUNY Queens College
  • M.A. and Ed.S., La Sierra University

Erika Davis

Students currently attending:

  • Waukegan High School
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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, 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.

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

Norma Guzman

Students currently attending:

  • Warren
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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.

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

Erin Martin

Students currently attending:

  • Antioch
  • Carmel
  • Libertyville
  • Vernon Hills
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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.

  • B.A. in music, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • M.S. Ed. in Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University

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


Carolina Rodriguez

Students currently attending:

  • Wauconda
Sarah Nyquist

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


Melanie Sandoval

Students currently attending:

  • Round Lake High School
Sarah Nyquist

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!

  • M.S. Ed in Adult and Higher Education,
    Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Corporate Communications,
    Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Spanish with an emphasis on Business Translation,
    Northern Illinois University

José Zamora Arcos

Students currently attending:

  • Grant High School
Sarah Nyquist

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.

  • M. Ed., Higher Education with emphasis on College Student Affairs Leadership, Grand Valley State University
  • B.S., Psychology and Communication Studies, Elmhurst 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

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.

  • 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

Colleen Gray

  • International students
Sarah Nyquist

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.

  • 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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