College of Lake County
The College of Lake County serves about 18,000 students in transfer programs, career programs, GED and adult basic education, non-credit and career development, and training for businesses.
|College of Lake County|
|President||Dr. Jerry W. Weber|
|Academic staff||221 full time, 740 part time|
|Students||17,849 (Spring 2013)|
|Location||Grayslake, Illinois, USA|
|Campus||Grayslake, Lakeshore, Southlake|
In 1968, A. Harold Anderson and Paul W. Brandel donated 181 acres (73 ha) 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 September 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.
CLC opened an outreach center in Waukegan in 1978. By 1981, the Lakeshore campus opened in Waukegan. In addition, property was purchased in 1998 for Southlake Educational Center in Vernon Hills. By 2007, a new classroom building had opened at Southlake Educational Center and was designated as the Southlake campus.
University Center of Lake County
A 2005 addition next to the Grayslake campus is the University Center of Lake County, a consortium of four-year colleges offering the opportunity for local residents to complete or add to their education begun at CLC or elsewhere. The Center is not officially part of CLC, but its presence offers a great opportunity for CLC students and other local residents to pursue further education without relocating or commuting a greater distance. Currently, there are 18 universities with classes offered at the University Center.
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 to 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..