The College of Lake County (CLC) recently held a "soft opening" for its new Science and Advanced Technology Building on the Grayslake Campus. The ceremonial ribbon cutting was meant to show appreciation to legislators, including State Representative Sheri Jesiel, for their advocacy efforts in garnering the state funds necessary for the building's completion. 

Construction of the energy sustainable new building is expected to be fully complete in early 2017. Representative Jesiel and others were able to secure $28.3 million from the Illinois Capital Development Board for the project. 

The building will primarily serve science programs by providing advanced chemistry, biology, engineering and sustainable technology laboratories including a mechatronics and engineering laboratory as well as four laser and photonics laboratories. These new laboratories are expected to help CLC produce a more hands-on, workforce ready STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduation field.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel joined Dr. Matt Mayer as Principal for a Day at the Kenneth Murphy School in Beach Park

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a new council to promote economic growth and job creation. The Illinois Competitiveness Council, which will review all agency rules and regulations, will help by cutting the overly burdensome bureaucratic red tape which Illinois citizens and businesses must deal with.

The goal of the council is to save Illinoisans at least $250 million in direct license fee costs over the next decade, and save Illinois taxpayers and business owners at least 4 million pages in paperwork. It will work to ensure current regulations are up to date and relevant to today’s industries and practices; ensure the language in rules are easy to understand; reduce the amount of unduly burdensome requirements on businesses, social service providers, and citizens through both time and cost; and ensure there is a clear need for the regulation.

The Council will be comprised of a representative of each of Illinois’ regulatory state agencies. Illinois citizens are encouraged to talk directly to the Council and a website has been set up where they can report burdensome red tape they are familiar with.  
Illinois has set a goal to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. College Changes Everything is a movement started by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to help further that goal. 

The U.S. Department of Education has moved up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, and students are now able to file their applications beginning on October 1st. Since the FAFSA will be available at the same time students will be completing their college applications, ISAC has labeled October as College Changes Everything Month, essentially combining the activities of College Application Month and Financial Aid Awareness Month. 

As part of this effort, the University Center of Lake County is collaborating with multiple partners to host a series of financial aid workshops in high schools, colleges, libraries, and nonprofit organizations. Every workshop will be held in a computer lab so that students and families can electronically submit their 2017-18 FAFSA. The FAFSA is required to access any federal student aid and to access the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds. Many colleges and universities also rely on FAFSA data to determine eligibility for the institution’s own financial aid funds. Some financial aid is awarded to eligible students on a “first-come, first-served” basis so students are encouraged to send in their FAFSA application ASAP. 

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