Cardunal area students have easy access to several top quality colleges Đ Elgin Community College, Judson College, and National-Louis University in Elgin; McHenry County College, Crystal Lake; and Harper Community College, Palatine.

Nearby Elgin Community College (ECC) serves more than 20,000 students with an average age of 29. The college continues to grow in facilities and services. In recent years, ECC has invested $22 million in a Visual and Performing Arts Instructional Center, $8 million in a Business and Industry Instructional Center, and $13 million in a General Classroom Building and a Math/Science addition.

The Visual and Performing Arts Center contains two theaters, studios, galleries, general classrooms, offices, and rehearsal rooms. The centerŐs main stage theater seats 600; a studio theater accommodates an audience of 150; and thereŐs also an outdoor theater.

ECC provides the first two years of a university education in everything from agriculture and architectural studies to pre-law and pre-medicine. Its career training includes more than 100 certificate programs and 40 occupational degrees. In all, the college offers more than 1,000 academic, occupational, liberal arts, and professional/personal development classes.

The Judson College campus is located at I-90 and Route 31 on the north edge of Elgin. A Christian coeducational, four-year institution founded in 1963, it offers numerous degree programs. Its internships, teaching practice, and hands-on experience in JudsonŐs art studios and science and computer labs prepare students for employment or graduate study.

National-Louis University has a branch campus at I-90 and Rt. 31 in Elgin. Its College of Arts and Sciences offers several bachelorŐs and masterŐs degree programs, as does its College of Management and Business. The universityŐs main campus is in Evanston.

McHenry County College is located at the northwestern edge of Crystal Lake, a few minutes north of Lake In The Hills, and serves more thagraphicn 15,000 students annually. A wide variety of credit and non-credit classes are offered to meet the needs of all ages. The college is the home of the Business Training Center where customized programs are designed for business and industry.

The college offers 50 associate degree programs that provide the first two years of a four-year college curriculum. The college also offers more than 15 certificate programs and applied science degrees which prepare students for careers in numerous fields from child care to criminal justice. A cooperative arrangement with other community colleges in the vicinity permits students to take vocational courses which are not offered locally.

Harper Community College is located in the southwestern corner of Palatine, a short drive from Algonquin on Route 62. It offers programs and courses through the divisions of Academic Enrichment and Language Studies; Business and Social Science; Liberal Arts; Life Science and Human Services; Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation; and Technology, Mathematics, and Physical Science.

A new branch campus of Northern Illinois University is located in the Sears Prairie Stone Center, only minutes from East Dundee on Route 72. The programs and courses offered have a strong emphasis on business and engineering.

The Keller Graduate School of Management offers evening classes at facilities in Elgin. National-Louis University, with its main campus in Evanston, offers classes at its Elgin Center on the cityŐs far north side.

ChicagoŐs institutions of higher education are an easy commute for Cardunal area students. Among them are Loyola University, DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Northern Illinois University, at DeKalb, is also within easy commuting distance.

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