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.
Schedule Supported Troops
At the start of World War II, more than half of JJC’s students joined the armed forces and local war efforts, which made the flexibility of night school essential.
Included Dance Classes
Adult education classes for personal growth included homemaking topics, wood carving, and square dancing.
Enrollment Bump From GI Bill
The GI Bill of Rights passed in 1944 and provided educational benefits to veterans, which increased enrollment in JJC’s night school program.
Hosted Lecture Series
“The World Today” was a community series which hosted lectures, films and panel discussions from leading scholars in the country. Renowned anthropologist Margaret Meade spoke at the college in 1954.
So what about classes these days?