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The Future of Manufacturing:
Advanced Technology Center

CLC's world-class Advanced Technology Center (ATC) was created to strengthen Lake County’s manufacturing workforce. The ATC, located in Gurnee, Illinois, opened for classes in the fall 2022 semester and provides industry-relevant career pathways.

Powerhouse Programs at the ATC

CLC students will play an important role in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) – the ongoing manufacturing automation through smart technology.

Two programs are currently offered at the ATC: Industrial Technology and Welding and Fabrication Technology. Both programs provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge from faculty with years of experience on a work-friendly daytime or evening schedule.

Industrial Technology

  • Prepare for a career in the commercial or industrial manufacturing environment
  • Learn how to install, maintain, operate, diagnose and repair equipment used in manufacturing industries

Welding and Fabrication Technology

  • Prepare for employment and advancement. Skilled welders are in demand for manufacturing vehicles, equipment and hundreds of products as well as in construction 
  • Learn welding techniques that can easily transfer from one industry to another 
  • Student instruction is held to the highest industry and educational standards that align with the American Welding Society. 
  • Our instructional team utilizes various techniques to work with all learning types. From theory to practical application, each of which plays an important role in student education to properly train and prepare them to transition to the workplace. 

Want more information on these programs? Talk to a College and Career Navigator (847) 543-2090 or

Manufacturing in Lake County Quick Facts

Sources: National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Illinois Manufacturers' Association (PDF)

Welcome to the ATC

Learn more about CLC's center for manufacturing excellence geared to address the critical manpower concerns of manufacturing companies in Lake County.

CLC's Advanced Technology Center

7735 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031

For more information about the ATC and giving opportunities (PDF), contact:

Jon Hardbarger
Director, Advanced Technology Center
(847) 543-2596

Kurt W. Peterson
Executive Director, College of Lake County Foundation
(847) 543-2640 / (312) 218-5545

During the construction project, Power Construction will be on property directing the work of contractors. If you have a question or concern about the project, please call (847) 496-2054.

“The ATC will house state-of-the-art equipment to support programs designed for accelerated completion of coursework delivered by subject matter expert faculty that is aligned to industry needs.”

— Dr. Lori Suddick
    CLC President

“Advanced manufacturing in Lake County is not only an economic driver for the region, but it also offers a rewarding career pathway for many of our students. By offering skills development that meets the needs of Lake County employers, the ATC becomes a critical piece of the economic development ecosystem."

— Kristina Kovarik
Mayor of Gurnee, 2005-2021

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