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Why Career-Based Education is Thriving & 5 Careers You Can Train For at JJC

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 9, 2018 8:18:00 AM

What is Career-Based Education?
JJC, other community colleges and trade schools offer a number of degrees, certificates and programs that are considered career-based education (or just "career education"). What do these programs have in common? They all aim to get students into the workforce immediately after they graduate. Many of these programs are technical-focused, like automotive service technology or welding, but many are not, like diagnostic medical sonography or radiologic technology

Why Career-Based Education is Thriving
It's no secret that career-based education is thriving. Many of the career paths you can study for are in need of more employees (in part due to a retiring workforce for some fields). Several industries pay their staff well and because students can get training for these jobs at community colleges and trade schools in two years or less, it's both a popular and affordable way to start a new career.

Check out our list below to see five careers you can study for at JJC, or browse our A to Z index for more career-based education fields.

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, For New Students, Careers

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