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

Early Years of JJC’s Night School: 4 Fascinating Facts

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 14, 2021 8:07:00 AM

Night school is a hallmark of community colleges, offering students and the community the convenience of furthering educational goals with flexible scheduling. JJC’s Evening College flourished before and after World War II. The interesting history of JJC’s night school program during this challenging time period is reminiscent of the adjustments the college has made over the past year to accommodate students during COVID-19.

JJC’s adaptability and commitment to providing educational opportunities can be explored in the From the Archives article, featured in the spring 2021 issue of JJC’s Connections Magazine.

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Tags: Just for Fun, History

5 Emotions You'll Experience on Graduation Day

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on May 17, 2021 8:05:00 AM

As Graduation Day gets closer, we can only imagine the thoughts bubbling through your mind. It's normal to feel emotional - after all, you've come so far to get here. We hope you'll savor the moment when your name is called and you receive your diploma or certificate. 

A reminder that in order to maintain safety while celebrating our graduates, JJC is conducting two different commencement ceremonies, a drive-thru and virtual event, on May 21. 

Today's blog is about the emotions we're sure you'll be feeling on Graduation Day. Can you identify with any of them already?

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Tags: Just for Fun

5 Ways to Care For Your Emotional Wellness

Posted by Scott Harvey on May 3, 2021 8:07:00 AM

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. And as we continue to navigate through this pandemic, it's a great time to take stock of your emotional wellness. JJC’s Student Wellness Program – Mental Health can help!

It is easy to forget to take care of not only our physical self but our emotional self. Often during periods of change and adjustment, many will put themselves on the backburner and sometimes even forget to take care of their basic needs of nutrition, sleep, and activity. Here are five basic ways to take care of your emotional wellness, courtesy of JJC’s Student Wellness Program – Mental Health.

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Tags: About JJC, JJC Experts, Online Learning, Mental Health

6 Tips For Hosting a COVID-Safe Gathering

Posted by Katie Newberry on Apr 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM

As people are receiving their COVID vaccinations and restrictions are starting to ease, we’re getting anxious to gather with other people. Whether it’s having wedding that was postponed or hosting events for your organization, people are ready to get back to some sense of normalcy.  

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, Holidays, Community, Safety Tips, JJC Experts, COVID-19

5 Historical Photos of America’s First Public Community College

Posted by Katie Newberry on Apr 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM

Joliet Junior College was founded in 1901 and is the oldest public community college in the United States. Throughout its 120-year existence, many students and staff have come through the doors to shape JJC’s rich history.  

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community, History

How To Apply for JJC Scholarships

Posted by Scott Harvey on Mar 22, 2021 8:03:00 AM

In planning your academic future, you’re likely exploring costs, plus federal and state financial aid assistance. For Joliet Junior College students, the window is now open to also apply for fall 2021 scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded through the JJC Foundation, with over 895 provided last year totaling more than $757,000 in support. Get the most out of your education at JJC and apply for fall 2021 scholarships by the May 1 deadline. Here’s how:

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Tags: Financial Aid, Scholarships

How to Take in JJC’s Virtual Arts Scene

Posted by Scott Harvey on Mar 8, 2021 8:07:00 AM

We’ve seen a lot of unique ways to connect with people safely during this pandemic. That creativity has been on full display within the arts community, from local theatre to Hollywood cinema. The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department has maintained its commitment to educate students and entertain the community through a series of virtual offerings, with plenty still to come.

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Tags: Student Voices, Online Learning, Theatre, Music, Fine Arts, Virtual, Art

The Value of Apprenticeships

Posted by Katie Newberry on Feb 22, 2021 8:02:00 AM

As part of a three-year grant, Joliet Junior College is supporting local businesses and students by growing the number of registered apprenticeshipsThe $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), aims to create 150 apprentices.  

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, For New Students, Careers, About JJC, Community

Celebrating Black History Month at JJC

Posted by Katie Newberry on Feb 8, 2021 8:06:00 AM

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the barriers that the Black community has brokenexpress pride in what it means to be Black and to honor the impact of Black Americans on U.S. historyFebruary was chosen as Black History Month because the birthdays of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln fall during the month. It's also the month that the NAACP was founded. 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, About JJC, Community

5 Jobs Poised for Growth This Decade

Posted by Katie Newberry on Jan 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has affected employment in nearly every industry, some more than others. Fields like healthcare and technology are thriving, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting that jobs in these areas will increase from now through 2029. However, healthcare and technology aren’t the only fields that are seeing success, many business fields are expected to grow as well.  

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, Careers, About JJC, Majors, Healthcare