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Sam Ritz

Sam is the Marketing Content Specialist at Joliet Junior College. She can be reached at ssottosa@jjc.edu or ext. 2489.

Recent Posts

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: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

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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Tags: For New Students

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: For New Students, Just for Fun

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: In-Demand Jobs, For New Students, Careers

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: For New Students, Tips & Tricks

You're Graduating... Now What?

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 7, 2018 8:15:00 AM

"So... what are you going to do after you graduate?"

We're guessing you've probably heard a million versions of this question over the past few months from your family and friends. If you're unsure about what your next step should be after you graduate this year, check out our list below for some quick tips.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

5 Steps to Graduate

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 26, 2018 8:05:00 AM

It's hard to believe, but graduation is only a few short weeks away - and after all the effort you've put in, we bet you can't wait to walk across the stage to accept your diploma! But even though you're working hard to finish strong, we don't want you to forget to complete the important steps you need to take before the big day, such as applying for graduation by the March 30 deadline.

Check out our list below to make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, About JJC

Money Management Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 26, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Whether you're age 18 or 38, keeping a balanced budget is tricky - especially if you're in college and juggling multiple costs. 

According to a Gallup poll, only 30 percent of Americans keep a regular household budget. If you don't have a budget (but would like to create one), we've gathered a few helpful tips that will get you started below. 

Questions about your financial aid? Visit jjc.edu/financial-aid.

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Tags: Money Saving Tips, Tips & Tricks

Social Media Tips & Tricks

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 12, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Did you know that more than 70 percent of employers look up their applicants on social media? If you're nearing graduation, there's no better time than the present to start adjusting the way you use social media so you'll have a better chance at landing the perfect job. 

Read on for five social media tips and tricks below.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Posted by Sam Ritz on Feb 5, 2018 8:10:00 AM

February is Black History Month - a time to celebrate diversity, create awareness and honor the African Americans who have played significant roles in U.S. history, from Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are so many ways you can celebrate - take a look at our list below for some ideas.

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays