CLC Recognizes 33 Adult Education Students Receiving Career Certificates

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CLC Recognizes 33 Adult Education Students Receiving Career Certificates


Byline: College of Lake County Public Relations and Marketing

Thirty-three adult education students at the College of Lake County recently became first group to earn career certificates as part of a program that launched in fall 2017.

Known as the Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS), the program allows students who have completed their English as a Second Language or High School Equivalency program to earn one or more career certificates in one or two semesters, including summers.

Of the 2017-18 group of certificate-earners, 18 students, along with their families, attended a Dec. 17 luncheon at the Grayslake Campus. The number of career certificates awarded included the following: Automotive Brakes and Suspension Specialist (six); Automotive Oil Change Specialist (six); Automotive Service Specialist (one); Certified Nursing Assistant (four); Healthcare Office Assistant (one); HVAC/R Installation Technician (five); and Phlebotomy Technician (one). Additionally, 10 students completed training in Personal Care Aide through the colleges Workforce Professional Development Institute. Any of the certificates can lead to a career or serve as a gateway to additional certificate programs or an associate degree.

The ICAPS program supports students through team teaching by faculty from a division, such as Biological and Health Sciences, as well as the Adult Education and ESL division. While participating in an ICAPS career certificate program, students are also enrolled in an Adult Education support class that includes study skills, time management, homework completion and review of class content.

Enabling adult education students to transition to a post-secondary education and earn a credential is part of CLCs response to a changing job marketplace. "Studies show that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require postsecondary education and training. …

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