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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:
  • Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Link:
  • Meeting ID: 957 1089 784

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, 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
  • 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!

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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Adult Education-Supported Career Programs

Learn about Adult Education-supported career programs in Automotive Technology, Computerized Numerical ControlsWelding and Heating and Air Conditioning Technology. Includes interview with Adult Education program coordinator and current students in the programs, plus visuals of students working in the labs. If you are a GED or ESL student, this program is designed to help you get an in-demand, good-paying job.