JJC Blog

Learn more about student life and what you can accomplish at Joliet Junior College in our blog.

How to Make This Your Best Year Yet

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 19, 2019 8:08:00 AM

With the start of a new school year comes the opportunity for a new beginning. Are you ready for a new, transformative year?

Take a look at a few tips below to see how you can make this your best year yet!

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, About JJC

7 Ways College is Different From High School (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 12, 2019 8:08:00 AM

By choosing to go to college, you're more likely to land a job, get paid a higher salary and even live a happier, healthier life!

Sounds amazing, right? But that's not all! Did you know that college gives you perks even before you graduate? Read below to learn seven ways college is different from high school (and why that's a good thing).

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Tags: For New Students, About JJC

5 Best Gen Eds to Take This Summer

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 17, 2019 8:08:00 AM

With only one more summer session left (beginning July 1), students who want to take JJC classes should sign up ASAP. Taking summer classes is the smartest thing you can do in college - so whether you are a JJC student, home from your four-year university or an adult interested in going back to school, take advantage of this opportunity while you still can!

Not sure which classes to take? Below, we list five of the best gen eds you can sign up for during this final summer session.

Summer Session III: July 1 to Aug. 8 (six weeks)
Register: Visit my.jjc.edu.
Apply: Visit jjc.edu/form/jjc-application.

Disclaimer: While the list below includes general education classes that are required for many degree and certificate programs, we recommend that you double check to see if you need to take each class before signing up. 

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC, Summer

10 "Just-For-Fun" Non-Credit Classes You Can Take (Summer 2019)

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take a non-credit class at JJC! JJC's continuing education courses are fun and interest-based, meant more for enjoyment than a grade. These classes, which are open to both students and community members, cover a wide range of topics which include local history, cooking, music, crafts and more. They are offered every semester.

Take a look at our list of 10 "just-for-fun" summer classes below, or browse the catalog yourself here.

Visit jjc.edu/LLC to learn more.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Summer, Community

5 Ways College Has Changed You (For the Better)

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 29, 2019 8:02:00 AM

From the late nights studying to the research papers, class projects and final exams - we know college isn't easy. But even though you've been through a lot this year, know that this experience has ultimately impacted you positively - and it may have even changed you for the better.

Can you identify with these five things below?

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC

Your JJC Bucket List

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 15, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Whether you are graduating in May or you'll be back here again in the fall, we've created the ultimate bucket list for our students below. 

Can you say you've done it all? 

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC

Alums Show Appreciation for JJC on Twitter

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 25, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Attending community college is one of the smartest decisions you can make for your future. This is a sentiment that New York Magazine and Huffpost reporter Yashar Ali knows all too well. In a tweet from March 14, he asked other Twitter users to express their love for community colleges - and several of our very own JJC alums replied. 

See a few of the tweets below - and thank you to all of our wonderful alums for giving us a shout out! 

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

3 Steps to Apply for Scholarships

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 18, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Did you know that you can apply for multiple JJC scholarships all at once? Our scholarship application does the hard work for you - all you have to do is answer a few questions and you'll be automatically entered into the scholarships you qualify for.

Apply Soon! The scholarship deadline for the fall 2019 semester is May 1, 2019.

In the meantime, take a look below to learn about the three steps you need to take to apply for scholarships.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

3 Projects to Create in the MakerLab

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 25, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Did you know that JJC has its very own MakerLab?

Packed with cool equipment (most notably 3D printers), the lab is an environment for both students and the community to create almost anything they want using materials like filament, craft plywood, acrylic sheets, vinyl and more. Note: Anyone can tour or visit the MakerLab during regular hours, but to use the equipment in the lab, you must be a MakerLab member.

Wondering what you can make? Take a look below!

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

7 Interesting Photos Discovered in JJC Yearbooks

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 4, 2019 8:05:00 AM

If you're a JJC student, there's at least one thing you have in common with the Lost Generation (those born 1883 to 1900): you attend the same community college as they did.

JJC has been in operation since 1901, and as the very first community college in the U.S., there's nearly 120 years of history in its grasp. Want to take a stroll down memory lane? Keep scrolling for seven interesting snip-its from the past, discovered in JJC yearbooks and other archives.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community