Why should I go to college?

Gain a competitive edge in work and life

The choice to attend college is a big one. What to study, where to go and—wait—is it even worth it? Yet, one thing remains certain. Earning a college degree is an investment you make in yourself that no one can take away from you.

The College of Lake County is your affordable and personalized path toward the career of your dreams.

Need help?

A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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College is about where you want to go

You go to college to learn what you need to reach your goals. Plan on a bachelor’s or master’s degree? Perfect. We have guaranteed transfer programs.

Maybe your first goal is to set a goal—that’s great. Take a couple classes, look around, work with your College and Career Navigator to set your first career goal. Visit Career Coach to explore the possibilities.

Everyone can win at college

Maybe you want to get a better job as fast as possible. Short-term certificates and career-focused education can be your road. CLC works closely with local employers to make sure your education is what they need.

Several programs have stackable certificates—start small, keep learning and earning. Each certificate stacks on the others until you need just a few classes for your associate degree. Meanwhile, you’ve been working, gaining experience and getting clearer on where you want to end up.

Why should you choose CLC...

Am I ready for college?

It’s common to have doubts about going to college. The good news is you don’t have to have it all figured out right now. Just take it one step at a time at CLC.

How does CLC help me to afford college?

It’s true! There are many ways for you to earn a debt-free degree or certificate from the College of Lake County.

How will CLC help me to be successful?

Explore the many free ways we support your personal journey, education and well-being.

How will I balance school with work/life?

CLC focuses on a multi-faceted approach to keep all aspects of your life in equilibrium. We’ll help you make sure you have enough time to do everything you need to tackle in a day.