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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: Community, Careers

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: Holidays, Just for Fun, Community

Tips for Navigating the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Apr 5, 2016 8:59:59 AM

Are you in the market for an internship or job? The Annual Joliet Regional Job Fair is a great place to start!

This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m. at JJC (J-Building). There will be more than 60 local and national companies on site, including Home Depot, H&M, Walgreens, NAPA Auto Parts, Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, Exelon and more.

If you plan to attend, make sure to dress in professional business attire, bring resumes, and come prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Not sure if your resume is up to par, or need to brush up on your interviewing skills? We got you covered! Check out the videos below for helpful tips.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Careers, Community

Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Nov 12, 2015 1:04:01 PM


Thanksgiving – a time for family, football and food….lots of food (and if you’re like me, a good pair of ‘after-dinner-fat-pants’). But before the eating comes the prepping, and that’s where we can help! Read on for a list of our best Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks. 

SPOILER ALERT: These tips won’t help you escape Aunt Millie’s ‘hilarious’ story about her cat, or your grandpa’s thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.  

1.) Prep Like a Boss: Ever heard the saying, ‘However long you think it’s going to take, double it.’ Same goes for party prepping. Crossing a few items off your to-do list the day before will save you some serious scramble time the evening of the party – even if you think you’ll have ‘plenty of time to get it all done.’ Prep self-serve drinks, stick Post-It notes to empty platters and bowls indicating where the food should go or prepare a few fridge-friendly dips or desserts that you can pop into the oven an hour before guests arrive. 

 

2.) Set the Mood: No, this step does not involve Marvin Gaye. Create a relaxed dinner vibe by dimming the lights, lighting a few candles, or turning on some dinner tunes using a custom playlist or Pandora. (Bonus: the first two suggestions will make any space look elegant and may hide any spots you missed while cleaning.) 

 

3.) Brine Baby Brine: When in doubt, follow the advice of JJC’s Chef Michael McGreal, “When roasting a turkey, let the meat rest in a homemade brine for 6-8 hours before cooking. Brining allows the protein to absorb moisture and retain it during the roasting process, making the meat moist, tender and flavorful.” 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Holidays, Community

Inspire Pinterest-Envy With These DIY Halloween Cookies

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Oct 19, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Raise of hands - who's attempted a festive holiday Pin and had it go horribly, horribly wrong. Don't worry, you're not alone (myself included).

The JJC culinary department has the answer to your Pinterest-fail blues. ‘JJ-see how it’s done’ in this step-by-step Halloween cookie decorating video.

Step 1:
Buy icing – and no, Funfetti frosting won’t cut it here. You can purchase the good stuff at Michaels or off the Wilton website.
 
Step 2:
Fill your piping bag with icing. Where can you find the bags? You guessed it, also at Michaels or off the Wilton site. (Need a thriftier option? Try Walmart or your local dollar store.)
 

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Tags: Holidays, Community