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Spring 2021 Update for Students - Nov. 16, 2020: Continue learning, Lancers - Thrive in 2021 at CLC

Published Nov 16, 2020

Did you hear that? It’s all of us at CLC sending you a big round of applause! As the fall semester winds down, we invite you to reflect on how much you’ve grown this year. 2020 didn’t hold you back. College of Lake County is here to help you put your best foot forward in 2021.

CLC will be open in the spring with flexible course formats. You can take online, in-person and blended classes when the semester starts Jan. 19, 2021.

CLC will offer classes in formats, times, and schedules to respond to the evolving needs of students and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most classes will be online live via Zoom or online anytime, CLC will offer in-person classes with 8-week, 16-week and many other flexible options. Face-to-face options will focus on course work involving the use of labs or specialized equipment. Some face-to-face options may be scheduled to begin later in the spring semester to avoid the expected rise in COVID-19 cases during the winter months. In addition to the many classes now open for registration, CLC will offer a limited number of classes that begin later in the semester so you can start when ready.

Maintaining a safe learning environment is our highest priority. Spring learning delivery maximizes health and safety standards aligned with public health guidance. In-person classes and labs will have reduced class sizes and include social distancing of at least six feet apart, face masks, extra hand sanitizer, modified work and student spaces with deep cleaning on a regular basis for all campus spaces.

We have answers to questions you may have about Spring 2021. You can also ask the handy Lancer Live Chat for further assistance.

You’re not alone if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. CLC is here to support you! As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we are focused on providing access to high-quality educational opportunities and resources to support academic success, as well as resources to address basic needs so every student can stay on their path to success.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I afford classes?

You can still apply for financial aid and scholarships this spring. An entire team of financial aid experts is here to guide you. Did you know that you can file a special circumstances appeal (PDF) if you have had a significant income change since you filled out your FAFSA, such as the recent loss of a job, reduced hours at work or medical bills? You may be eligible for additional financial aid. Let us help.

How do I get my books?

There are lots of ways. You can order online anytime and ship to your home for a $5 fee, pick up your order curbside outside JLC (P Building) Jan 14 – 27 or walk-in and pick up at all CLC campuses. Did you know there are 50 $300 textbook scholarships available? Apply online by Dec 1.

Even more important, how can I get tech help?

It’s hard to write a paper on your cell phone or share a computer with your kids or siblings. We have technology resources you can check out from the library circulation desk at any campus. The college has invested in more laptops, WiFi hotspots, and calculators just for you.

If I want to do better in my class, how can I get help with my coursework?

There’s never been a better time to start tutoring. Log into Canvas and look for the Tutoring Center on your dashboard. You can get personalized help from a tutor over Zoom or email a paper to a writing tutor.

What’s the best way to balance home-work-college life?

We may not have all the answers, but advisors and student development counselors are here to help. Reach out to the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center now to discuss challenges you may be experiencing related to time management, workload, and your academic success.

I have a lot on my mind. Who can help?

Your mental health and well-being are very important to us. We’re all struggling to handle the current situation we’re going through. All students have access to 24/7 free counseling and psychological services, often called CAPS.

What if I need emergency help?

The Lancers Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) can help you pay for emergency needs, such as rent, utilities, transportation fees, medical costs and groceries. It’s fast and easy to apply online. Additionally, if you’re not sure where to turn, call 211 for immediate help. If you need food assistance, the Northern Illinois Food Bank offers a mobile food pantry, including pop-up markets at CLC’s Grayslake campus through December.

Still have questions?

Ask the handy Lancer Live Chat on the college’s homepage.