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

7 Nearby Places to Visit During Spring Break

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 5, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Spring break will be here before you know it! If you don't have a trip planned, but you're still looking for something fun to do locally, we've got you covered. We've listed seven things you can do for fun within a 60-mile radius of JJC below. 

Enjoy your spring break! 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, Community

7 Ways to Focus Your Mind

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 12, 2018 1:59:00 PM

Is your brain still on "vacation mode" after a long winter break? Are you worried that you're going to find it hard to concentrate, at least at the beginning of this new semester? According to Psychology Today, you're not alone - the "post vacation" blues are a real thing.

But the good news is you can overcome them! To help you transition into second semester, we've compiled a list of tips to help you start the year off fresh - whether this is your first semester or your last. Good luck!

Haven't applied to JJC yet? Late start classes are still available. Apply here.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Community

5 Places to Volunteer in the Joliet Area

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 20, 2017 8:03:23 AM

Did you know that volunteering can improve your health? According to the Huffington Post, 94 percent of people surveyed said that volunteering helped put them in a good mood.

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start giving back to your community. If you're not sure where to start, we've compiled a list of five organizations below.

Want to see more?
Click here for additional opportunities (list organized by the JJC Office of Holistic Wellness)

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, Community

5 Workout Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 9, 2017 8:02:05 AM

Did you know that regular exercise can improve your mood? It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and help you sleep better. If you're looking to jumpstart your workout routine, check out our five tips below.

Looking for a little extra motivation? Register for the JJC Haunted 5K on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018!

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Community

8 Great Finds at the JJC Farmers Market

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 20, 2017 2:30:55 PM

If you're a regular on JJC's Main Campus in the summer, maybe you've stopped by the JJC Farmers Market on Thursdays for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods or other specialty items.

Today, we're highlighting eight great things you can find at our market! Did your favorite make the list?

(Click here for more on the JJC Farmers Market!)

JJC Farmers Market
Thursdays in the Summer
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
JJC Greenhouse Parking Lot (right off Houbolt Road)
Link and SNAP cards accepted

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Tags: Just for Fun, Community

5 Books to Read this Summer

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 5, 2017 8:13:20 AM

Looking for a good read this summer?

Even if you haven't picked up a book in a while, we've created a list of books we think you would enjoy below. Need a reason to read? It's been proven that reading helps you relax. It also boosts your brain power and makes you more empathetic.

(If this list doesn't meet your taste, check out 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers or 100 Books You Should Read in a Lifetime. Visit the JJC Library to ask one of our librarians what they recommend or refer to the Library's Facebook page for even more recommendations.) 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Summer, Community

5 Reasons to Attend the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 15, 2017 8:37:24 AM

Whether you're a student or a community member, mark your calendars for the Joliet Regional Job Fair on Wednesday, May 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.! This year, the event will take place in JJC's new Event Center.

Not sure if you should go? Check out five reasons below to learn why it might be a good idea. 

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Tags: Careers, Community

JJC Chefs Share Mouthwatering Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 24, 2017 8:28:02 AM

Cinco De Mayo is only one week away! The popular Mexican holiday is celebrated in the United States and Mexico every May 5 to commemorate a battle between the Mexican army and the French forces of Napoleon III more than 150 years ago.

At JJC, we asked three of our chefs from the Culinary Arts Department to share their favorite Mexican dishes in celebration of the holiday.

Check them out below!


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Tags: Holidays, Community

Top 5 JJC Outings for Couples (or BFFs)

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 6, 2017 7:59:36 AM

Whether you're searching for a fun way to spend Valentines Day this year with your date, or you're just looking for something interesting to do with your friends on the weekend - have you ever considered JJC as an entertainment venue?

Yes, you heard us right: you can come to school for your next date night! (And trust us, it's not as nerdy as it sounds.)

Below we've listed the top five places you can go on campus with your date or BFF.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

Best Gift Ideas for Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Dec 12, 2016 7:59:16 AM

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the gift giving season is upon us. Not sure what you want this year? Maybe you don't know what to buy/make your friends or significant other - or you're a parent struggling to come up with gift ideas for your son or daughter in college.

From just-for-fun to practical gifts and DIYs, here are a few ideas to get you in the gift giving spirit!

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, Community