The College of Lake County is a large diverse district serving the third largest population in the Illinois community college system with 713,000 residents who live in more than 50 demographically distinct communities.
The college spans 442 square miles of Lake County, located halfway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 28,000 businesses in the District include nine national corporation offices. Lake County is also home to premier cultural, entertainment and recreation attractions, including 75 inland lakes, extensive forest preserves, Great Lakes Naval Station and Museum, the Genesee Theater, Ravinia Summer Music Festival, and Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre.
The college has a diverse student body of nearly 17,000 students in credit programs. In the spring 2009 semester, 49 percent were enrolled in baccalaureate/transfer programs and 38 percent career programs. Fifty-three percent of students were aged 24 or under, and 39 percent of students were members of a minority group.
With an operating budget of $83.2 million, the college is a major employer in the community with a workforce that includes 214 full-time faculty members, more than 700 part-time faculty members, and more than 500 full-time administrative and staff positions.
The college has three campuses: Grayslake (the largest), the Lakeshore campus in Waukegan and the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills. Providing a wide range of educational choices, the college offers five associate degrees to prepare students for baccalaureate completion and over 170 career program associate degrees and certificates that lead to direct employability. The college also offers programming in adult and continuing education, business and industry services, and community outreach. Classes are offered in an online format and in a number of traditional formats.
The college is known for its excellent programs, services, and participation in community problem-solving efforts. For example, the college recognized the need for baccalaureate completion and supported the establishment of a University Center to provide bachelor’s and graduate program options locally. The University Center facility is located on the Grayslake campus and operates a satellite facility at the College of Lake County Lakeshore campus.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
At the College of Lake County, we believe most of us want two equally important things from our careers: the opportunity to feel part of a close-knit work community and the fulfillment that comes from making our own unique contributions and being recognized for them. We pride ourselves on offering the kind of campus environment where community and individual achievement thrive.