Colllege of Lake County

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the College of Lake County spans three county locations, with campuses in Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan), Southlake (Vernon Hills) and options online. The college has more than 200 programs leading to an associate degree or certificate, including nearly 40 career fields. CLC’s mission: Deliver high-quality, accessible learning opportunities to advance student success and strengthen the county’s diverse communities.

Averaging 18 students per class, CLC offers 51 majors designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Career programs offer degrees and certificates in business, technology, healthcare and more. A Guaranteed Transfer Admission Partnership allows qualified CLC students to be admitted to at least 27 partner institutions. Additionally, free Adult Basic Education is available. The college also provides economical training, consulting and cutting-edge courses for businesses, professionals and the community in five areas: Client Solutions, Construction Business Development Center, Illinois Small Business & International Trade Center and Professional Development.

New improvements include a LEED Platinum Science & Engineering Building (pictured) at the Grayslake Campus, and a nearly $48 million expansion planned for the Lakeshore Campus.

Providing an educational pathway to a better life, CLC is a major employer and cultural hub of Lake County. For details, visit

University Center of Lake County

A unique partnership of 18 private and public colleges and universities, University Center of Lake County offers more than 130 bachelor’s completion degrees, graduate degrees and certificate programs. Programs are offered via evening, weekend or online study so that students can continue living and working in Lake County while they complete their education.

Students apply to and graduate from an individual college or university offering fully accredited degrees. Bachelor’s completion programs offer the junior/senior level coursework and enable students to transfer their first 60 hours from the College of Lake County. Pre-admission advising is available for people considering a return to school who want to review program options and financial aid application processes.

The evening/weekend schedule for academic programs enables University Center to double as a Conference Center.  All the rooms at the Conference Center are “smart rooms,” equipped with advanced presentation technology. Internet access is available everywhere and all rooms feature LCD projection systems plus VHS and DVD capability.  In addition, the multi-purpose room and lecture auditorium are equipped with built-in sound systems. Full-service catering is provided and the Conference Center can accommodate meetings from 2-250 participants.

DeVry University

In 2018, DeVry University opened its new Center at 1325 Tri-State Parkway. Having been a part of the Gurnee community since 2004, it was important for DeVry to continue to call Gurnee home.

Situated near the Gurnee Mills Mall, with easy access to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) via the Grand Avenue/Route 132 exit, DeVry’s Gurnee Center has a collaborative education environment, including two classrooms, a technology lab, break out areas for student groups, a student lounge, an academic support center and administrative offices.

“Since we opened the new Center, we’re seeing more students using the facility than ever before,” said Corey Ochall, dean of campuses. “After being in Gurnee for 14 years, we wanted to stay in a familiar community, in the same business park as it is a convenient mid-point to Chicago and Milwaukee.”

Founded in 1931, DeVry offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within its five distinguished colleges of study: Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology. For more information on DeVry University, the Gurnee Center or any of its undergraduate or graduate degree programs, visit

Marquette University Direct Entry MSN Program

Consistent with its Milwaukee-based program, Marquette University’s College of Nursing Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, allows students to leverage their non-nursing bachelor’s degrees to earn an MSN degree in 19-21 months.

This hybrid second-degree nursing program offers two starts each year and consists of convenient online coursework, hands-on skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations at top health care facilities in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Students of the Direct Entry MSN program will travel to Marquette’s Pleasant Prairie learning site several times a week to attend labs designed to prepare them for clinicals. In skills lab, students hone critical nursing skills such as drawing blood, inserting catheters and checking vital signs. In simulation lab, students interact with high-tech medical manikins that can realistically simulate a variety of medical conditions, ranging from allergic reactions to cardiac arrest, stroke and even childbirth. Additionally, students will travel to the learning site for exams, review sessions, NCLEX prep sessions and practice tests and to meet up with colleagues and instructors.

To learn more about the CCNE-accredited Direct Entry MSN program in Pleasant Prairie, visit

Herzing University

Herzing University is a private, nonprofit university that provides a caring learning environment that fosters long-term career success. Founded in 1965, Herzing University now has nine campuses across the U.S., along with a robust online program, and has graduated more than 40,000 students. The Kenosha campus open its doors in 2009 and currently serves over 500 students who study a variety of majors including: nursing, health care, business and IT. The university offers direct-entry into their nursing programs, accelerated-degree completion and flexible learning options that allow working adults to achieve their educational and career goals.