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CLC students: faculty and staff are here to support your success. The resources and services within these pages are designed for you. Let us know when you have questions or concerns. Keep learning, Lancers!
Former CLC Student Trustee and now CLC Alumna Alexa Waheed has an important message for you. CLC is here for you and we will all make it through this together.
Stay in contact with your instructors, ask questions and check email and Canvas messages often. Become familiar with CLC’s course formats.
You will use Canvas as the hub for your online learning this semester. Your instructors will let you know what other technology tools will support your classwork. Faculty and staff are here to help you.
Students can check out technology and books from the library, and use campus computer labs and printers. Learn about options to access computers, internet, calculators, library books, printing, and scanning.
The Help Desk is here to help you with any questions, login issues, or
Students have several options for internet access both on- and off-campus. If you are using a computer or device off-campus, use a secure wifi connection with a strong signal.
These commercial services are also available:
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CLC has transitioned to a new Learning Management System (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas is robust and easy-to-use and delivers course content online:
Learn more about Canvas
Instructors may use Zoom, a video conference tool, for class discussions and office hours. College departments may also use Zoom for appointments.
Check out the student guide for using Zoom (PDF).
Learn how to add Zoom backgrounds.
Current CLC students have free access to Microsoft Office 365: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and OneNote.
The CLC Bookstore offers online purchase pick-up service, returns, and buyback at all three campuses (through January 15, 2021) as well as shipping to home. Order your books online and choose the delivery method you want. Visit https://www.clcbkst.com for details, instructions, and online ordering.
Get important updates about fall semester rental returns, Buyback,
Curbside Pickup and Ship to Home option for textbooks. Order available Fall textbooks at www.clcbkst.com.
Faculty and staff are available to help you with the transition to online and flexible learning. This can be a big adjustment, so please use the following resources.
The CLC Libraries are open to check out books, technology, and academic resources, and use study space. Study rooms are not open. Visit the campus operations page for hours and instructions for visiting campus.
All tutoring is online and available for most writing assignments in any class and most math, chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, engineering, accounting, economics, CIT, MCS, and AMT courses. Currently enrolled students can access the Tutoring
Center through Canvas (look for the Tutoring Center card in your dashboard). For more information, visit the Tutoring Center website.
The Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center (CATC) is currently providing phone, Zoom, and email services to students. To request an appointment with an advisor or student development counselor, please call (847) 543-2060. If leaving a message, please
provide your name, CLC student ID number, and call back number, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The call you receive may be coming from a "private" or "blocked" number, so please make sure your phone is set to accept those types of
calls. To contact us via email, please reach out to email@example.com from your CLC student email address.
With our shift to the alternative delivery model, faculty and staff are here to support you and provide access to necessary resources.
With our shift to the alternative delivery model, faculty and staff are ready to support your learning and provide access to necessary resources. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions webpage to help you transition to online and flexible learning.
The Testing Centers are open by appointment only. Visit the campus operations page for hours, tests available, and how to schedule an appointment.
Visit the Testing Centers webpage for more information.
Academic coaches can help you with resource questions, tips for success, and encouragement during this time of transition.
Text, call, Zoom or email a coach for assistance:
CLC offers weekly live workshops focused on academic, personal, caree, and transfer success. If you can’t attend the live workshop, an on-demand version is available in Canvas. Check the topics and schedule, and register to participate through Succeed at CLC.
You can access a free online service, StudentLingo, for interactive on-demand success workshops. Topics include time management, test anxiety, test taking and motivation.
For technical support with the workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your health and emotional well-being are top priority for CLC faculty and staff. Alternative learning is a big adjustment. Stay healthy and get adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise. Keep a growth mindset during your alternative learning experience. Use these resources to support your learning and health.
During CLC's COVID-19-related campus closing, CAPS provides individual psychotherapy, consultation, identification of alternative resources, and initial assessment services to CLC students over the phone. To request a phone appointment, please leave a message at 847-543-2032. CAPS staff will get back to you within 24 hours. The call may be coming from a “private” or “blocked” number, so please make sure your phone is set to accept those types of calls. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to the closest emergency room.
The CLC Health Center oversees the COVID-19 Concerns Team, a group of health professionals dedicated to responding to student, staff, and faculty questions and concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The team also verifies reported information, notifying the appropriate local and state officials in cases of possible or known exposure to the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions or need assistance, contact a CLC Health Center nurse by leaving a voicemail at 847-543-2064 or email email@example.com. A nurse will contact you within 12 hours.
For concerns related to your health and COVID-19, email the COVID-19 Concerns Team at
CLC, the CLC Foundation, and the U.S. Government CARES Act are providing emergency cash grants to help eligible students. This can be used for needs such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, academic materials, technology costs, healthcare and childcare, and unexpected expenses. Learn more about Lancers Keep Learning Fund.
Although the SHARE Market is closed, there are still resources available. There are many other food pantries around Lake County (PDF) that may be able to assist you.
211 Lake County is a 24-hour free information and referral helpline. It’s designed to reduce time and frustration by acting as a central access point to the health and human services in Lake County. Choose one of these options for help:
Many resources are available to help finance your education and provide additional support.
In addition to offering federal and state financial aid programs, CLC also awards hundreds of scholarships. CLC Scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and field of study. Learn more and start your application.
The emergency Lancers Keep Learning Fund helps CLC students continue their education through economic challenges related to COVID-19. Through this fund, eligible students can be provided with financial assistance to cover critical basic needs such as food, housing and utilities such as rent and cell phone bills, course materials, technology costs and tools to continue to learn from home, and assistance with healthcare and/or childcare. Financial assistance is provided by the U.S. government through the CARES Act and through funds from the CLC Foundation and the College of Lake County. Learn more and apply.
CLC offers a payment plan option to pay your tuition and fees in monthly installments rather than in a full amount. No interest or finance charges are assessed, and there is no credit check. A enrollment fee of $25 is charged and you can pay with an automatic bank payment or credit card. Learn more about the installment payment plan.
We've created some fun activities for you or your kids to enjoy during your time at home. Get creative with CLC-themed coloring pages or do a word search challenge. We'll add more fun activities soon, so keep checking this section out.
Lancer Coloring Pages (PDF)
Lancer Word Search (PDF)
CLC Crossword (PDF)
Answer Key (PDF)
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Former CLC Student Trustee and now CLC Alumna Alexa Waheed has an important message for you about taking care of your physical and mental health during this time.
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