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

15 JJC Certificates You Can Earn in One Year or Less

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 19, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Did you know that you can earn a JJC certificate in as little as four to 50 college credits?

In fact, if you plan it right, you can complete many of JJC's certificate programs in one year or less. Certificates are a great way to get your feet wet if you're interested in an area of study. Plus, many students who earn certificates start working in their field immediately. Below, we've listed 15 JJC certificates that you can complete in one year or less.

Want to know more about JJC's 180+ degree and certificate programs? Click here to see the complete list. 

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Tags: For New Students, Careers

5 Reasons Why College is Worth the Money

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 29, 2018 9:08:00 AM

It's no secret that college can be expensive - but it's also an investment in your future. When you spend money on classes to obtain a degree, remember that you're doing it to give yourself a huge advantage in the workforce.

How huge? You may be surprised to learn how valuable a college degree really is - even if you're only planning on getting an associate degree. Take a look at five reasons why college is a good idea despite the high cost below. 

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Careers, Tips & Tricks

QUIZ: What Should I Study?

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 18, 2017 8:02:21 AM


Undecided about your major? You're not alone. According to the academic advising journal The Mentor, approximately 20 to 50 percent of college students are undecided in their first year of college.

To see which JJC majors would best fit your interests, we've created a quick 11-question quiz that follows the six basic personality types outlined below. Make sure to keep track of your answers as you go along.

Looking for a more in-depth test to help you choose a major? Take the JJC Career Services Career Coach assessment here.

Need some more clarity? Make an appointment with a counselor at the Career Services Center. Call (815) 280-2756 or email careers@jjc.edu 

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Tags: Careers, Just for Fun

11 Most Popular JJC Majors

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 30, 2017 8:40:41 AM

JJC offers a ton of degree and certificate options - more than 180 different types to be exact. From nursing to computer science, the choices are all across the board. But have you ever wondered which majors were the most popular?

According to data pulled from JJC's Institutional Research Office, most students have declared that they are earning an Associate of Arts degree (37.2 percent). Associate of Science degree earners make up 12.2 percent of students. After that (not taking into account students enrolled in dual credit classes) here's our list of the most popular JJC majors.

For a complete list of JJC degree and certificate options, click here.

For Gainful Employment statistics, click here.

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Tags: Careers

5 Local, In-Demand Career Education Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 16, 2017 9:03:56 AM


Thinking about your future career? Consider career education. These jobs are on the rise in the Joliet region, and we've compiled a list of the most in-demand positions you can obtain with only an associate degree. Check them out below!

Click here to see a list of JJC career education offerings, such as welding, hospitality management and culinary arts.

All information was pulled from the EMSI data set for the Joliet region. 

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers

Undecided? Choose One of These Up-and-Coming Fields

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 28, 2017 8:26:48 AM

Not sure about your major? No sweat! 20 to 50 percent of students are undecided when they start college, and up to 75 percent end up changing their major. But while it's perfectly OK not knowing where you see yourself post-graduation just yet, it's also important to start weighing your interests and career options now.

JJC offers more than 180 degree and certificate programs (click here to see them all). If you're looking for a job you know will be relevant after you graduate, take a look at our list of up-and-coming fields and the careers you can land with a degree in each field.

Not enrolled at JJC? Apply here.

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers

7 of the Happiest Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 21, 2017 8:21:39 AM


According to the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of Americans say they're happy with their job. Arguably one of the most important parts of choosing a career path, finding something you're happy and passionate about is more likely to happen if you have a college degree, Pew reports. 

If you're an undecided JJC student or considering JJC as one of your college options, check out our list below to see seven careers that will make you happy - all of which can be obtained with an associate degree from JJC.

Please note: This list is subjective and depends on an individual's interest level. 

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Tags: Careers

11 Hot Careers You Can Study for at JJC

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 8, 2017 8:01:58 AM


Where do you see yourself in five years?

This question can be intimidating - especially if you're an undecided major or thinking about changing careers. If you're exploring interests, check out the eleven hot careers featured in this blog, all of which will see an increase in positions from now until 2024. 

What's even better is you can begin your journey to all of these careers right here at JJC!

(Click here to apply or click here to register for classes.) 

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers

7 Superhero-like Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 20, 2017 8:23:46 AM

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When you were a kid, did you ever dream of becoming a superhero? While we all know it's not possible to sprout Hulk-like muscles overnight or obtain the ability to fly like Superman, there are still ways you can be a "superhero" - like choosing a career that's valued in your community.

And did you know that you can obtain these careers with only an associate degree from JJC? Below we've listed seven superhero-like jobs and what you need to know if you're interested in pursuing them. 

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Tags: Careers

Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchens (and what that means for you)

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Nov 9, 2015 9:54:40 AM
Culinary job openings are on the rise, but businesses are finding there are not enough cooks to staff the open positions. According to the National Restaurant Association, in 2005 Illinois was home to more than 21,000 eating and drinking establishments. Nearly a decade later, that number has jumped to more than 27,000 establishments (almost a 25% increase). 
 
So what does this mean for culinary students? A wider selection of job opportunities, many of which aren’t necessarily in traditional restaurants or hotels. While in the past culinary school graduates gravitated towards prestigious Michelin star-rated restaurants, now students can explore their passions working for a range of establishments – from brew pubs, to food trucks, to even supermarket chains like Whole Foods and Mariano’s.
 
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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers