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The University Center of Lake County Supports the Workforce Through Newly Approved Majors



This fall University Center of Lake County is proud to offer thirteen recently approved majors from among five of their eleven member universities. This brings the total combined number of bachelor completion degrees, graduate certificates, graduate programs, and doctoral degrees to over one hundred academic offerings to residents in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin regions.


Our new bachelor completion programs in Education include majors to help anyone interested in becoming a teacher meet their professional and educational goals. Coming this fall we will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood through Southern Illinois University


Carbondale which meets in person at the Grayslake campus. National Louis University was also approved to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education which can be taken in-person, online, or a hybrid of both depending on enrollment.

Current teachers seeking to develop their skillset or meet accreditation requirements, can choose from the new online offerings such as Teaching and Learning, Emerging Technologies, and Instructional Design offered by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Supporting our healthcare workforce is Dominican University who will offer the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services. Additionally, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will offer a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics. Both programs offered fully online.


Entering the arena of manufacturing is North Park University offering a Bachelor of Arts in Supply Chain Management program in-person, online or hybrid, depending on enrollment.

The Digital Media Literacy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate offered by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides the skills to navigate through a changing media landscape.


The Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice Studies is offered online by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and helps students prepare for a variety of occupations in law enforcement. Additionally, SIUE offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Policy which includes “a capstone project option targeting the needs of the student’s home agency, and recognizes the value of such experience with the option of prior learning assessment”, according to their website.


Bachelor completion degrees offer students the opportunity to finish what they started whether they are current students at a local community college or university. Students can seamlessly transfer to our programs through collaborative partnerships between select community colleges such as College of Lake County, McHenry Community College, Oakton Community College, into University Center member universities.


Graduate certificates are a quick and more affordable way to gain key professional skills for working professionals who desire to move up the ladder, change careers, or simply gain experience in a specific area. They typically take less time than embarking on a full master’s degree. However, if you find that you want to continue to learn more about your major, you can continue your studies to complete a full master’s degree within that major because the academic credentials are stackable. Full Master’s degrees are also available. Learn more about our programs at our regularly held virtual informational sessions or check out our website at ucenter.org.




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