College of Lake County
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|President||Dr. Lori M. Suddick|
|221 full time, 740 part time|
|Campus||Grayslake, Lakeshore (Waukegan) and Southlake (Vernon Hills)|
The College of Lake County (CLC) is a public community college in Grayslake, Illinois. In 1967, a referendum passed establishing the CLC community college district. It enrolls about 15,000 students in transfer programs, career programs, GED and adult basic education, non-credit and career development, and training for businesses.
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. 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 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..
The college opened the technology building in 2005. A new science building is under construction at the Grayslake campus.
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
In 2005, the University Center of Lake County was built as an addition to the 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.