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7 Car Preps Before That Next Road Trip

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jul 26, 2021 8:06:00 AM

With the pent-up demand for travel, you’ve likely been thinking about, already planned, or completed some trips this summer. If you’re still planning to hit the road in the near future, it’s a good time to make sure your car is just as ready as you are to get away!

Students in Joliet Junior College’s Automotive Technology program spend more than 500 hours learning about and repairing actual customer vehicles using modern equipment and technology inside our state-of-the-art facility. Our professors help them become more detail-oriented, and grow their organizational, problem solving, and customer service skills.

Below, our automotive experts offer you this detail-oriented checklist to prepare you for your next road trip.

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Tags: Careers, Automotive

5 New Continuing Ed Classes to Explore This Summer

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 28, 2021 8:09:00 AM

Joliet Junior College’s Corporate and Community Services offers several continuing education courses, including professional development and career training programs, lifelong learning workshops, Kids College and contract training programs.

This summer, community classes are meeting in person in accordance with the college’s COVID safety protocols. Here, we spotlight five new course offerings that you can get involved with at JJC for the first time!

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Tags: Just for Fun, MakerLab, Corporate and Community Services, Continuing Education

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 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

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

4 Reasons We've Remained Thankful in 2020

Posted by Scott Harvey on Dec 21, 2020 8:07:00 AM

There’s no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of hardship, and that’s not lost on Joliet Junior College. Yet through all we’ve had to overcome, time and again our students, employees and local community reminded us that there’s much to be thankful for.

We dedicated a section of JJC’s Fall 2020 Connections Magazine to the heroes in and outside the classroom, and encourage you to follow their stories this month on social media through #JJCHeroes2020. Here’s how these groups and individuals have played a vital role in how we’ve managed 2020, and why their efforts will continue to offer hope into 2021.

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Tags: About JJC, JJC Experts, Online Learning, COVID-19, MakerLab, #JJCHeroes2020

The Small Business Guide to Thriving in a Pandemic

Posted by Scott Harvey on Oct 26, 2020 8:13:00 AM

Businesses of all sizes have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to say the least. The latest Small Business Pulse Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, covering Oct. 4-12, shows those that have experienced a large negative impact from the pandemic at 30.2% nationwide. In Illinois, it’s 32.9%. While the impact is large, there remains resources to tap into for managing, or yes, even starting a new business during this time.

The Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College, which relaunched this summer, provides no-cost management assistance and advice to aid emerging and existing small businesses. It is one of 40 such centers in Illinois, with funding from the Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and JJC.

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Tags: Careers, Tips & Tricks, About JJC, COVID-19

5 Reasons to “Explore JJC” During Virtual Fair Oct. 19

Posted by Scott Harvey on Oct 12, 2020 9:45:00 AM

We’d love nothing more than to provide an in-person guide to Joliet Junior College’s academic programs and student life. But in alignment with COVID-19 safety protocols, we’re offering the next best thing: A virtual exploration of JJC’s services, and an opportunity for our prospective students and their families to hear and speak directly – from the comfort of your home computer or smartphone – with our admissions experts and current students!

Whether you’re a high school senior or ready to start a new career, join us for Explore JJC. This 45-minute virtual fair will be conducted via Zoom on Monday, Oct. 19 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Here’s why you should register to attend.

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Tags: About JJC, Online Learning, Virtual Tours, COVID-19

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.

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