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Education Opportunities in Lake County

College of Lake County

In 1968, A. Harold Anderson and Paul W. Brandel donated 181 acres of land for the Grayslake Campus. Dr. Richard G. Erzen was named the first president; he was to serve until 1978. The first classes were held on the Grayslake campus on Sept. 25, 1969; the enrollment then was 2,360 students who took 224 courses. Tuition fees in 1969 were $7 per semester hour. At first, classes were offered in a six-building pre-fabricated complex, constructed at a cost of approximately $1 million. In December 1969, a referendum passed authorizing construction of a permanent campus.

In 1974, the A and B wings were completed on the Grayslake campus and CLC received its first five-year accreditation from the North Central association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Learning Resource Center opened in 1980, followed by the C wing in 1986. In 1996, the D wing was completed and opened.

The Performing Arts Building was officially dedicated on March 8, 1997. The first full season began in September 1997. Since then, thousands of patrons have attended events held in the facility. In August 2003, the Performing Arts Building was officially renamed the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, recognizing founding trustee James Lumber who served on the College of Lake County Board for over 35 years.

The college opened the technology building in 2005. A new science building is currently under construction at the Grayslake campus.

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, we have 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.

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