Coming back to school after having served in the military isn't easy. Not only are student vets diving into something they likely haven't experienced since they sat behind a desk in high school, but they're living in a different (and often lonelier) world than many of their fellow classmates.
Because veterans are the backbone of our local communities, we want our vets to go to college and succeed. At JJC, veterans have opportunities and resources to help them on their journey. Below we have outlined five resources vets can take advantage of as JJC students.
1. Veterans Resource Center
The Veterans Resource Center, located in C-1039, is a recent addition to JJC's Main Campus. Created for veterans to meet, hang out and study, computers are available for them use and there's also a conference room and space for counseling. For more information about the center, stop by, call (815) 280-2966 or email [email protected].
The Office of Student Activities also hosts Veteran Lunch Bunch events at the Veterans Resource Center. A list of scheduled lunches can be found here (scroll to the bottom).
2. Veterans Alliance Club
The JJC Veterans Alliance Club welcomes all students and provides support and resources for veterans, their families and the community. For more information about the club, visit their Facebook page or contact advisers Jerry Zeborowski or Jon Laratta.
3. Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse Program
Military medics who want to study nursing may be interested in JJC's medical corpsman to practical nurse program. Only eight weeks long, students can become licensed practical nurses if they are accepted into this program that involves both coursework and clinicals. Graduates of this program have also chosen to continue their education at JJC and become registered nurses. To learn more about this program and how to apply, click here. For questions, contact Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald at 815-280-2857 or [email protected].
Pictured above are students who graduated from this program in 2015.
While JJC offers hundreds of scholarships to all students, there are also some specifically geared toward veterans. This one, for instance, provided by ExxonMobil, will help vets with the cost of both tuition and textbooks. To learn more about scholarships at JJC, click here.
5. Benefit Programs for Veterans
Assistance for veterans is always available - all you have to do is fill out a benefit request form. JJC accepts the following benefits, including
- State tuition programs
- Tuition assistance program
- Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill
Learn more about these benefit programs and how you can take advantage of them here.
Don't Miss Our Veterans Day Ceremony
Joliet Junior College will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 10 at noon on the Bridge (Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet). The public and local veterans are invited to stop by and celebrate. The oldest veteran and youngest veteran in attendance will have the honor of cutting the cake.
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