Bridge to College Program

If you’ve already received your GED or high school diploma, you can successfully complete a certification program at the College of Lake County (CLC) that opens new doors to a rewarding career.

What do I learn?

YBLC partners with the College of Lake County to offer career-specific bridge programs. Classes typically meet Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. –3 p.m. Students have the following opportunities:

  • College Preparation Classes – Includes college preparatory math, reading and writing, financial aid assistance, guidance counseling, case management, study skills and other coursework, along with personal assistance needed to successfully transition into college.
  • College Certification Classes – Vary by career area. YBLC is currently partnered with CLC to provide a variety of certification courses. Call to find out the latest offerings and timeframes.
  • Job Shadowing/Internships – Depending on your progress in the college classes, schedules and interest, YBLC helps you secure internship to gain hands-on experience.

Career Placement

Opportunities are excellent for those who complete post-secondary training programs. YBLC will work with you to help secure employment upon successful completion of the program.

Did you know that by completing 1–3 years of college, you improve your lifetime earnings potential by $357,775? (Source: America’s Perfect Storm, ETS)

Do I qualify?

Call to learn more, as each program has specific criteria.

Our Partners & Affiliates

  • Americorps
  • United Way of Lake County
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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