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

5 Things You Need to Know About Transferring Your College Credits to JJC

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 1, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Do you...

  Need to transfer credits to JJC that you've already earned at another school? 
  Want to switch colleges and start taking classes at JJC?
  Need to transfer courses you took from the military to JJC?
  Want to transfer credits from classes you took at another college 5-10+ years ago to JJC?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, there's a few things you'll need to do. Here's how you can get started:

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Tags: For New Students

How to Manage Mental Health in College

Posted by Sam Ritz on Sep 24, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Did you know that 85 percent of college students reported feeling overwhelmed in 2015? On top of that, about 40 million adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder, with 75 percent experiencing their first symptoms by age 22.

It's no secret that college students have a lot on their plate. If you ever find yourself stressed, anxious or depressed, JJC is here to help. Take a look at the tips we've listed below and consider attending one of our wellness workshops this fall. 

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

10 Best Kept Secrets for New Students

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 20, 2018 8:08:00 AM

If you're new to JJC, you probably already know that we have a Tutoring and Learning Center, a Career Services Center and First Year Experience counselors to help guide you as you begin your journey here.

But did you know that if you accidentally leave your textbook at home, you can check out a copy  at the JJC Library

Find out more about this best kept secret and nine others below! 

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

3 JJC Classes To Take if You’re Undecided

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 13, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Did you know that up to 50 percent of college freshmen are undecided? 

If you're undecided, take the time you need to consider all your options and don't stress. Consider taking one (or more) of the following classes below - they will not only help you to identify your goals, but you'll learn more about yourself and the best ways to prepare for college. These classes may even help you choose the perfect major.

Don't want to add another class to your schedule? At the end of this blog, we address even more resources for undecided students, such as our Career Services Center.

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7 DIY Projects To Get You Ready for Fall Semester

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 6, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Are you creative? Love do-it-yourself (DIY) crafts? Want to stay occupied before classes begin in just a few short weeks? Look no further than this blog, where we list seven DIY projects that will get you ready for fall semester

JJC fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 20. Haven't had the chance to apply? There's still time! Visit jjc.edu/apply.

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Tags: Just for Fun, For New Students

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: For New Students, Careers, In-Demand Jobs

10 Questions to Ask Your Professor

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 11, 2018 8:24:00 AM

Want to get the most out of your JJC class? We've come up with a list of questions you can ask your professor that will not only help you succeed, but may also help you in your future career. Take a look below!

Not registered for classes this summer? There's still one session left beginning July 2!
Register via MyJJC or apply at jjc.edu/apply. View available classes at jjc.edu/SummerClassSchedule.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, For New Students

5 Benefits of Online Classes

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 14, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Did you know that 29 percent of students across the country enrolled in an online or hybrid class program in 2017, according to an online education study

If you've never taken an online class before, consider testing one out this summer (classes are only six to eight weeks long). Visit jjc.edu/makeithappen to learn more about how you can apply or register.

In the meantime, read on to learn why online classes are so beneficial:

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, For New Students

Why Taking Summer Classes is the Smartest Thing You Can Do in College

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 30, 2018 8:05:00 AM

What are your summer plans?

Whether you want to go on a weekend road trip, visit an amusement park or spend time reading, consider adding "take a JJC class" to this summer's bucket list. In fact, choosing to take a class this summer may be the smartest thing you do as college student. Check out why below!

JJC's Summer Sessions for 2018
Summer Session I: May 21 (six weeks)
Summer Session II: June 4 
(eight weeks)
Summer Session III: July 2 
(six weeks)

To register, visit MyJJC or contact the Registration Office.
Not a student yet? Visit jjc.edu/apply.

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Community Colleges

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 23, 2018 8:05:00 AM

It's no secret that community colleges are affordable, offer flexibility, provide easy ways to transfer and are made up of a diverse student body, from those right out of high school to returning adults. 

But did you know that there are more than 1,460 community colleges in the United States? Illinois, California, New York, Texas and North Carolina house the most community colleges in the country. Take a look at our list below to learn even more about community colleges. 

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Tags: About JJC, For New Students