Transform Lake County

Learn a career - tuition-free

Start a new career in less than one year. Apply to earn one of the full-tuition scholarships offered through the Transform Lake County program. 

You are eligible if you are a resident of Lake County, especially if you live in:

  • North Chicago
  • Round Lake
  • Waukegan
  • Zion

With the leadership of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, this scholarship is funded by the State of Illinois through the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) Grant, administered by the Illinois Community College Board.

Programs eligible for support

Questions about this scholarship?

Get into the workforce faster

Earn an in-demand career certificate in less than a year and enhance your job opportunities.

With a scholarship funded through Transform Lake County, your tuition and nearly all education-related expenses are paid, including:

  • all tuition and fees
  • course materials
  • industry exam fees
  • textbooks

Also take advantage of these services designed to help you find a rewarding career — and fast:

  • job placement assistance
  • scholarships to assist with living expenses such as childcare, housing and transportation
  • tutoring

Eligible short-term certificate programs are offered at more than one CLC campus locations.

Transform Lake County interest form

You’re one step closer to money you can use toward your tuition, fees, transportation or other educational expenses. After you submit this form, a CLC representative connects with you to discuss your goals and help you through the application process.

Submit interest form

What students say about CLC support

  • photo of Tysly Butler

    Tysly Butler

    Adult Learner

    “Being part of this program meant I wouldn’t have to worry about how I was going to afford my classes. It eased my financial burden. They even offered resources that helped me with technological shortages and food insecurity.”

    Tysly studied phlebotomy at CLC through a Workforce Equity Initiative grant. She now works at a hospital and is completing her bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

    Read Tysly's story

    photo of Tysly Butler
  • Photo of Natasha Phillips

    Natasha Phillips

    Adult Learner

    “Heating, ventilation and air conditioning is a trade skill that’s always going to be needed, so I can have a stable career.”

    Natasha studied HVAC/R Engineering Technology at CLC. A Workforce Equity Initiative grant paid for her education so she can start a new career in a high-demand industry.

    Read Natasha's story

    Photo of Natasha Phillips