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Katie Newberry

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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

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

A Guide to Guided Academic Pathways

Posted by Katie Newberry on Dec 7, 2020 8:10:00 AM

Joliet Junior College now offers nine guided academic pathways for students to choose from. But what is a pathway? Pathways separate career clusters into easy-to-understand groupings, allowing students to choose a major based on their interests and strengths. This allows students to complete their degree on time, save money and reduces duplication of courses if they change their major. It also helps with advising to make sure that students are on the right path to graduating on time.  

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Tags: For New Students, Careers, About JJC, Majors, Healthcare, Radiologic Technology, Culinary

How to Get an Affordable College Education

Posted by Katie Newberry on Nov 9, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Figuring out how to pay for college can be a huge burden for many students; and doing so amid the economic challenges resulting from the pandemic can be even more stressful.  

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Financial Aid, FAFSA

5 Handy Tips for Learning 3D Printing

Posted by Katie Newberry on Sep 28, 2020 8:08:00 AM

3D printing is a popular hobby these days, but for someone just starting out it might seem overwhelming. What machine should I buy? What software do I use to create my prints? Luckily there are a lot of resources available for beginners. 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, About JJC, Community, MakerLab

JJC’s Fall Flex Start Classes: When and Why You Should Enroll

Posted by Katie Newberry on Aug 31, 2020 8:01:00 AM

It’s not too late to begin or resume your journey at Joliet Junior College this fall! With over 180 degree and certificate programs you’ll be sure to find the perfect career path.  

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Tags: For New Students, About JJC, Student Services, Online Learning

JJC Chefs Share Their Fruit-Inspired Drinks

Posted by Katie Newberry on Aug 3, 2020 8:02:27 AM

Chefs in Joliet Junior College’s Culinary Arts Department are so experienced that they could whip up just about anything. From fancy holiday meals to easy drinks you can enjoy poolside, there isn’t a bad thing on the menu. And these days, you owe it to yourself for a fun activity and a little relaxation. Besides, there are plenty of warm days still ahead of us 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, Summer, Culinary, Recipes

5 In-Demand Careers You Can Train for at JJC

Posted by Katie Newberry on Jul 20, 2020 8:06:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the highest American unemployment rate since the 1940s, with a record 3.3 million people filing for unemployment. Since the job market has changed dramatically and jobs deemed essential such as those in healthcare, supply chain and IT are in high demand, some people may be considering a career change 

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