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Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS)

After Bridge, Step Up to the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) program where you belong to a group of students enrolled in a certificate program in the career and technical education fields. You can get your certificate in one year or less. We have ICAPS programs in the following areas:

  • Nurse Assisting
  • Healthcare Office Assistance
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair Assistant
  • Automotive Damage Analysis Specialist
  • HVAC/Refrigeration Engineering Technology
  • Administrative Management and Technology
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice

The Step Up program provides free tuition and rental books in the first 6 credits of the ICAPS program. After that, Connect to Your Future’s Transition scholarships or financial aid are available to help complete your program. Don’t worry! The Adult Education Student Success Team will help you get your free tuition and book and apply for scholarships and financial aid! You will have a Student Success Coordinator working with you side-by-side every step of the way to ensure you get enrolled in an ICAPS program, refer you to CLC resources and community resources for your needs, and to coach you to never give up! And when you graduate, you will get assistance in your job search!

Yeimi Uvera

Driven: Adult Education Helps Advance Auto Career

Yeimi Uvera didn’t know she would become an auto mechanic when she started at College of Lake County.

She first reached out to learn English after friends told her she could take language classes for free at CLC. After completing her ESL classes, the Mexico native went on to earn her GED and start the first of many certificates in automotive technology. As an adult learner, the Integrated Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) offered her additional academic and social support with a cohort of similar students, ensuring her success.

Scholarships continue to help Uvera as she works toward an associate degree. After receiving help with her resume and applying for jobs, Uvera landed a job at a local body shop in Mundelein. She will continue her education at CLC while getting first-hand experience working as a woman in the male-dominated field.

"The instructors at CLC explain everything well and the automotive classes give you great, hands-on education."

– Yeimi Uvera



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ICAPS Program at College of Lake County

In the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) program, you belong to a group of students enrolled in a certificate program in the career and technical education fields. You can get your certificate in one year or less. The Step Up program provides free tuition and rental books in the first 6 credits of the ICAPS program.