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New partnership with College of Lake County offers working adults affordable bachelor’s degree

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
DePaul's School of Continuing and Professional Studies is partnering with College of Lake County to provide an affordable education entirely on CLC's Grayslake Campus. (DePaul University/Randall Spriggs)
DePaul's new partnership with the University Center of Lake County at College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus will offer students the opportunity to start their affordable educational career with an associate degree at CLC and end with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Studies with a major in business administration from DePaul – entirely at CLC's Grayslake Campus.

Students in this program can earn an associate of arts, associate of applied science in business or, with equivalent credit hours, the ability to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration on-site in Grayslake. This degree is offered through DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, a long-standing leader of providing educational opportunities for working adults.

“Adult learners appreciate the value of pathways that extend opportunities sans disruption,” says Tatum Thomas, dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. “With the complement of the CLC and SCPS offerings, graduates will be poised to create impact in their professions and society — they will continue on life-changing paths.”

Students who take advantage of this pathway pay discounted tuition rates 25% lower than the university's undergraduate tuition. The courses are taught by DePaul faculty both on-site at UCLC and online. DePaul’s classes in this program are scheduled to meet two evenings a week at UCLC as a part-time program, with some courses being offered online. Students join a cohort model for taking courses, allowing them to establish a network they'll carry throughout their careers.

Students also receive dedicated advising from SCPS to provide support as they balance work, home and school demands. BAPS builds knowledge and skills for employment in corporate and nonprofit settings. In this program, students build a skill set in project management, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, globalization, ethical conduct, data analytics and professional communication needed to succeed in their career.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for working adult students to pursue an advanced credential necessary for the local business needs in Lake County,” says Ali O’Brien, CLC Vice President of Community and Workforce Partnerships. “The practical business curriculum provides exposure to a variety of interests including technology, project management, marketing and operations, gearing up the next generation of business leaders. But most importantly, it’s an affordable and flexible option for students who are busy working.”

For more information on this degree partnership, email SCPS​.​​​​