College of Lake County
Founded in 1969, the College of Lake County (CLC) is a community college based in Grayslake. Course are offered at the Grayslake Campus, the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan, Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills and online. The college offers more than 200 programs of study leading to an associate degree or certificate, including more than 40 career fields. Spring 2017 enrollment was 15,366 students, or a full-time equivalent of 8,114.
CLC’s mission is to deliver high quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the diverse communities served by the college.
The average class size is 18 students, and classes are taught by professors who are teaching focused. CLC offers 52 majors designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and the career programs offer degrees and certificates in business, technology, health care and much more. The college offers more than 40 student clubs as well as 12 intercollegiate athletic sports teams.
Many new construction and improvements have recently taken place, including a new science building and student café at the Grayslake Campus and a new chemistry lab at Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. A major expansion is planned for the Waukegan campus.
In addition to providing an educational pathway to a better life, CLC is a major employer and cultural hub of Lake County. The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts offers college and professional events in music, theatre and dance.
University Center of Lake County
In 2005, the University Center of Lake County was built as an addition to the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus. It is a consortium of Illinois four-year colleges and universities offering opportunities for local residents to complete or add to their education begun at CLC or elsewhere. While the University Center is functionally independent of CLC, its presence offers an opportunity for CLC students and other local residents to pursue further education without relocating or commuting a greater distance. Currently, there are 19 universities with classes offered at the University Center.
Lake County Tech High School
The Tech Campus is an extension site of many area high schools for juniors and seniors to attend classes in a specific career training program. The Tech Campus is regarded as one of the best career and technical education training facilities in the Midwest with a high qualified staff dedicated to excellence in career and technical education. With 22 member high schools throughout Lake and McHenry counties representing over 1,900 high school students, the Tech Campus has the largest career technical secondary educational system in the state of Illinois.
The Tech Campus experience provides an educational environment that supports and encourages individual learning styles, develops occupational skills and professionalism, promotes academic growth and assists students in discovering their potential. In addition to the high school credit, the Tech Campus partnered with the College of Lake County, allows students the opportunity to earn college credit at no cost.
Classes are offered in three sessions, five days a week. Each Tech Campus program allows students to learn at their own pace through a hands-on, experiential based philosophy. Through their respective programs, students use program-specific mathematics, science reasoning, language arts and technology in real-world applications.