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College of Lake County opens Spring Semester registration
Make 2020 the year you begin your bachelor’s degree, work toward an associate degree or certificate, start a new career or develop your talents at the College of Lake County! Spring Semester classes begin Jan. 21, and registration is now open. View course offerings, both classroom-based and online, and learn how to become a CLC student at
Nearly 200 Lake County residents will have the opportunity to advance their education for free thanks to a new Transform Lake County grant. Administered by the Illinois Community College Board, the grant serves residents throughout Lake County, with special emphasis on North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion.
Grant funds will cover all tuition and fees, course materials, textbooks, industry exam fees and a scholarship to assist with living expenses such as childcare, housing and transportation. The funding allows eligible students to earn a certificate in one of nine programs, from auto collision repair to healthcare office assistant. For details on the grant, contact Ashley Ward at or (847) 543-2390.
CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission Partnership allows CLC students to be admitted to one of 31 local, regional or international partner institutions by meeting program requirements. This ensures a seamless transfer of credit to the four-year colleges and universities. Participating colleges and universities range from The American Business School in Paris to Arizona State University to close to home at Northern Illinois University. For a full list, visit or call (847) 543-2090.
To learn more about how classes at CLC can lead to a good career, attend a free information session this spring.  Each session lasts about an hour and includes an overview of the career field, salary, job outlook and educational requirements. View a schedule of information sessions by academic division at
If you need to complete a GED (high school equivalency), learn English as a Second Language or build basic competency in reading, writing and math, the Adult Education and ESL division offers free courses at all three campuses and other Lake County locations that also begin in January. To learn more, call (847) 543-2021, visit or email Or visit Building 4 on the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.
For information on enrolling at CLC, call (847) 543-2090, visit or stop by the Welcome and One Stop Center, 19351 W. Washington St. Assistance is also available at the Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, and the Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills.
CLC names Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., as dean of Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division
The College of Lake County has named Sheldon Walcher, Ph.D., as dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division.
Dr. Walcher oversees 10 transfer disciplines, from art to world languages, as well as four career programs that range from digital media and design to technical communication.
With more than 25 years in higher education, Dr. Walcher previously served as associate dean of humanities, social sciences and the library at Kankakee Community College. In that role, he spearheaded the development of an innovative pathway to the associate of arts degree for students who previously struggled to complete it at the institution’s extension campuses. He also worked with staff to develop an early college initiative that allows high school students to complete an associate of arts degree while earning a high school diploma. In addition, Dr. Walcher assisted KCC in establishing new customer care standards as part of a broader “culture of care” initiative.
Previously, Dr. Walcher was associate dean of English and academic English as a Second Language (ESL) at the College of DuPage. His higher-education experience also includes serving as director of composition (writing programs) at Roosevelt University as well as the University of Southern Mississippi.
“I’m excited to be joining CLC at this pivotal moment in the college’s history,” said Walcher. “For five decades, CLC has been committed to providing transformative learning and cultural experiences to the residents we serve. I look forward to building on and extending that legacy!”
CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick, said, “We are pleased to have Sheldon Walcher join the college. His demonstrated experience, in strategic planning, leadership and innovative programming, are critical in CLC’s efforts to increase opportunities and community awareness in communication arts, humanities and fine arts.”
Walcher holds a Ph.D. in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Utah and an M.S. in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern University. Additionally, he earned an M.F.A. English (fiction writing) from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in literature and philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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