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Transition to College and Workforce Programs
STEP UP to Achieve Your Goal!

Meet with an Adult Education Student Success Coordinator

Transition to college programs, job placement services, referrals, coaching, and more!

For immediate assistance, call (847) 543-2024 or email

Get virtual assistance via Zoom: By appointment

For questions, submit an Adult Education Interest Form.

What is STEP UP?

CLC offers the Step Up program for adult education students to prepare them for college and a career. It also helps students to have access to college, succeed in college, and find a job in their field of study.

Adult education students in class Take the first step by enrolling in a free Bridge to Careers program. The Bridge programs help you improve your language, math, and computer skills by applying your learning to a career field. Currently, we offer the following programs:

  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Administrative Management and Technology
  • Computer Information Technology

After Bridge, the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) program grants students the opportunity to earn a certificate in a year or less. Students belong to a cohort enrolled in a certificate program in the career and technical education fields.

ICAPS programs:

  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Certified Nurse Assisting
  • Medical Office Assisting
  • Administrative Office Management
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Engineering Technology
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology

The ICAPS program provides free tuition, books, and course materials in the first 6 credits of the program. After that, Connect to Your Future’s Transition scholarships or financial aid are available to help pay for the remainder of the program. ICAPS students are enrolled in a free support class for extra academic support. Students will also have a Student Success Coordinator working with them side-by-side every step of the way to ensure they get enrolled in an ICAPS program, refer them to CLC resources and community resources, and to coach them to never give up! And when they graduate, they will get job search assistance!

Lastly, the Step Up program includes an Adult Education instructor to help you succeed in your ICAPS certificate program. While taking your NUR 110 course for the nurse assisting program, for example, an Adult Education instructor is in class team-teaching with the nurse assisting instructor to help your learning. A support class is also included taught by the Adult Education instructor to help with homework, test preparation, and review of class lessons and materials.

STEP UP Leads You to Jobs with Living Wages

When you complete your ICAPS certificate program, Step Up services include helping you in your job search. We work closely with the Job Center of Lake County and CLC’s Career and Job Placement Center. You will get assistance with creating your resume, getting job leads, applying for jobs, and preparing for your interview. Your ICAPS certificates can lead you to jobs with living wages.


What are you waiting for? STEP UP now!

For more information, contact the Student Success Team at (847) 543-2024 or

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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.