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Updated: June 4, 2012 10:49AM

This fall, the College of Lake County is launching a new program called Project Grad, which guides students through the process of earning an associate in arts degree in two years. Project Grad provides a clear road map of the courses students should take and also offers support services to increase students’ chance of success. It even offers a discount on textbooks.

Students accepted into Project Grad have a set program of courses to take each semester. Everything is spelled out, and students know exactly what courses they have to take. Students follow a schedule that ensures — with successful completion of the program — they will complete their degrees in two years while also being able to take elective courses that interest them.

The course sequence for Project Grad is based on meeting the general education course requirements from popular transfer destinations such as Northern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Eastern Illinois University.

Because transfer requirements vary by major or by grade point average, students should work with a CLC counselor or advisor and check with their intended transfer institution in selecting CLC courses.

Under the program students take five courses each semester and students are guaranteed placement in all morning classes (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday). Students in the program also have small classes with a “cohort” of up to 24 students, priority registration, transfer planning sessions, a personal success class and a textbook discount in the CLC bookstore.

“Sometimes students find it hard to get the classes they need in the space of two years due to their complicated work schedules,” said Roland Miller, dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division and a co-chair of the committee that developed the project. “But Project Grad guarantees students can get into all the classes they need to graduate with an Associate in Arts.”

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