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Soon to Rise: Advanced Technology Center

Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Preview

In 2022, CLC is opening its doors to the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Located in Gurnee, Illinois, the ATC will offer world-class infrastructure for advanced technical training to fill the high skill, high wage, in demand workforce needs of Lake County manufacturing now and into the future.

CLC is creating a world-class Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to strengthen Lake County’s manufacturing workforce. Located in Gurnee, Illinois, the ATC is geared to provide industry-relevant career pathways in early 2022.

Manufacturing in Lake County

Manufacturing is the backbone of Lake County’s economy and CLC is committed to ensuring a skilled workforce talent pipeline exists to support industry needs and future growth opportunities.

  • Lake County is the 2nd largest manufacturing county in Illinois
  • Manufacturing companies employ more than 50,700 people
  • The industry generates $35.7 billion in economic output per year
  • Job growth is outpacing the number of skilled workers available
  • Recent research from the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) shows the region can benefit from and is ready to invest in an ATC

The ATC will become a focus of economic development for key opportunities including welding and computerized numeric control (CNC).

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

Jon Hardbarger
Director, Advanced Technology Center
(847) 543-2596
jhardbarger@clcillinois.edu 

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.


Advanced Technology Center

The site of CLC’s future ATC from above


“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


CLC's Advanced Technology Center

Legat Architects explains the design plans for CLC's new Advanced Technology Center in Gurnee, Illinois.

Proposed ATC Atrium

Perspective of ATC Atrium
Perspective of ATC Atrium

Powerhouse Programs at the ATC

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

This new era of manufacturing sees breakthroughs in emerging technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, automated vehicles and artificial intelligence.

CLC offers programs that train students in the advanced manufacturing skills employers want while providing a different manufacturing-related specialization area.

ATC Building

The ATC will occupy the former Lowe’s in Gurnee

“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


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