JJC Blog

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

Scott Harvey

Recent Posts

9 Answers For Students Seeking High School Equivalency, ESL

Posted by Scott Harvey on Sep 14, 2020 8:09:00 AM

It’s never too late to go back to school and enhance your education. This is true for job seekers, those who’d like grow within an existing job, and anyone who has a curiosity for learning and desire to improve oneself.

Returning to school and becoming college or career-ready is possible through Joliet Junior College Adult Education and Literacy. It’s available to those 16 years and older who have not completed high school, need to brush up on reading, writing, or math skills for further education or training, and/or who are not native English speakers or writers. Below, we answer nine common questions among prospective adult learners, and how you can get on the path toward a better tomorrow.

Read More

Tags: JJC Experts, COVID-19, Adult Education, High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language

5 Things Job Seekers Should Know About JJC Workforce Development

Posted by Scott Harvey on Aug 17, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “essential worker” during this pandemic? These employees perform work that is deemed essential to the viability of the company for whom they work and individuals they serve. Such roles have helped a lot of workers maintain their jobs amid a challenging labor market brought on by the pandemic.

JJC Workforce Development, with offices at the college’s City Center and Morris Education Center campuses, is committed to producing essential workers throughout Will and Grundy counties. Its team encourages local economic development by cultivating partnerships to provide comprehensive services to the local workforce. As you’re preparing to reenter the workforce or want to strengthen your marketability for employers, here are five things to know about JJC Workforce Development.

Read More

Tags: In-Demand Jobs, JJC Experts, COVID-19

Your Guide to JJC’s New On-Campus Safety Procedures

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jul 27, 2020 8:12:00 AM

While Joliet Junior College classes are primarily online for the fall 2020 semester, student service offices will be available on campus beginning Aug. 3. The changes, which come five months after JJC closed its campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, occur as employees begin staggered schedules to support social distancing requirements. Remote student services will remain available during the fall and are encouraged. If you need to visit an office on campus, please schedule an appointment so we can prepare for your visit.

These safety measures, along with several others recently implemented at JJC, are in accordance with CDC guidelines and Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. As students, employees and visitors come onto JJC’s campuses, it’s important you understand the new safety procedures in place, and what will be expected of you upon arrival. For starters, watch our video introducing you to JJC’s on-campus safety features and best practices. Then check out the additional information below for a comprehensive look at how JJC is committed to your safety during this time.

 

Check out additional guidelines below. For answers to common questions on JJC operations, visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.

Read More

Tags: Safety Tips, JJC Experts, Online Learning, COVID-19

Online Success: How Students Can Navigate Remote Learning

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jul 13, 2020 8:13:00 AM

Joliet Junior College faculty and staff are committed to ensuring students have the right resources to succeed. In the months since JJC switched to online learning and remote services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot has been learned on how to best work and learn from home. We shared many of our professor’s unique remote teaching methods in a previous blog.

Fall classes at JJC begin Aug. 17, with lecture classes online and face-to-face labs if the state remains in Phase 4 of its Restore Illinois plan. Whether you’re already enrolled for the fall semester or still considering your options, know that remote learning will continue to be common for some time. Consider these tips from JJC faculty and students to get the most out of the online learning experience.

Read More

Tags: Tips & Tricks, JJC Experts, Online Learning

Summer To-Do List: Make Your Own Face Mask

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 29, 2020 8:06:00 AM

Sure, the stores are now stocked with a variety of face masks that help protect us amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean you can’t still create your own, especially if you’re looking to fill any free time this summer with some new projects.

Need a blueprint to follow? Students in JJC’s costume class, under the direction of Fine Arts Professor Julie Giampaolo, not only sewed their own masks from home this spring as part of remote course work, but donated them to community members! Over 500 masks were distributed to eight different medical facilities, as well as to JJC employees and students.

Whether you’re sewing by hand or using a machine, you can create your own mask with some fabric, thread, and by following these steps.

Read More

Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, JJC Experts, Online Learning

JJC's Fall 2020 Semester: Your Guide on Registration, Operations

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 15, 2020 8:09:00 AM

Joliet Junior College launches its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 17. While we’d love to have returned to normal operations by this time, the college will continue to provide most of its services remotely amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That includes offering all fall lecture courses online. However, students taking lab courses may be able to do these in person on our campus should conditions be safe for doing so.

Below, we answer many of the common questions the college is receiving at this time, including how to navigate the registration process, steps to complete once you’ve registered, and what to expect when classes start.

At JJC, it’s Your College. Your Journey.

Read More

Tags: JJC Experts, Online Learning

How JJC Professors Modified Their Courses for Online Learning

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 1, 2020 8:04:00 AM

Over 1,400 classes. That’s how many were transferred online in just two weeks as Joliet Junior College quickly moved to provide a safe environment for learning and teaching as the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Illinois in mid-March. The process brought with it a lot of adaptation among JJC professors and creative modifications in order to provide the best learning methods possible for their students.

Many of these processes will continue this summer, as JJC continues online only learning. In the fall, all lecture courses will be held online, while in-person labs may be possible should conditions be safe for doing so. Let’s look back on how our professors modified their courses for online, methods that will only improve as the college continues remote course work.

Read More

Tags: JJC Experts, Online Learning

How JJC Students Can Seamlessly Transfer to a Four-Year School

Posted by Scott Harvey on May 18, 2020 8:05:00 AM

These days may have you thinking a lot about how your academic journey may play out. Whether you’re a prospective or current college student, or want to return to school and grow your skills, Joliet Junior College is a great place to get started. Plus, with our dozens of university partnerships, there are great options for where to transfer JJC credits in order to seamlessly complete a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree. Learn more at www.jjc.edu/transfer, or fill out our transfer interest form to receive feedback based on your interests.

Our transfer specialists are available to assist you remotely at this time to walk you through the transfer process, including what four-year college or university best suits your needs. They’ve even created a new remote information series to better guide you in your decision-making. Transfer Talks, hosted by JJC Transfer Specialist Lauren Peerbolte, connects you with admissions specialists at many of JJC’s existing university partners. Below, we outline what these schools offer for JJC transfer students, and how else you can get the most out of your transfer experience.  

Read More

Tags: Student Services, JJC Experts, Online Learning, Transfer

By the Numbers: How JJC Services Are Assisting Students Remotely

Posted by Scott Harvey on Apr 27, 2020 8:14:00 AM

When JJC officially restarted its spring semester on March 29, we entered a new normal of online only classes and remote student services. We admit, it wasn’t an easy transition. But everyone pulled together to create the best possible learning environment for students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For one thing, JJC administrators, faculty, and our information technology team were able to transfer over 1,400 courses online in less than two weeks! Additionally, we’ve rolled out a one-stop shop for current students to access support services remotely, as well as routinely updated our FAQ page to provide answers to the common questions our offices are receiving during this time. As our students are learning from home, JJC employees are working from home to carry out these services.

"As we continue to serve students remotely, we are considerate that these are challenging times for many students," said Dr. Yolanda Farmer, vice president for student development. "Remaining committed to student success during these unprecedented times is the top-priority for faculty and staff. We are here to support students to stay on the path of success."

Through it all, we’re proud to have helped so many students virtually during this time. Here’s a breakdown of how we’ve done it, and where you can go for assistance.

Read More

Tags: Student Services, Online Learning

Spring Semester Restart at JJC Underway - Here’s What to Know

Posted by Scott Harvey on Mar 30, 2020 8:06:00 AM

The spring semester has officially restarted at Joliet Junior College in an online only capacity. While we’re sad to be unable to interact with our students in person, we recognize this is the safest approach, and will continue to operate in a way that best protects our students and employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

That said, JJC faculty and staff are excited to offer over 1,400 classes remotely to our students, as well as an abundance of online support services during this time! Below, we’ve outlined some key dates, procedures, and pathways through which JJC students can thrive during the remainder of the spring semester and beyond.

Read More

Tags: About JJC, Student Services