JJC Blog

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

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 Association, Illinois Department of Economic and 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

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

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

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.

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Tags: About JJC, Student Services

Will JJC Be Closed Due to Weather? A Quick Guide

Posted by Kelly Rohder on Jan 13, 2020 8:42:00 AM

 

Winter conditions can sometimes have our students and employees asking: Will JJC be closing due to snow or inclement weather?

Below we outline the college's procedures for reviewing this decision, and how to be sure you're notified of any possible announcements. 

How To Know When JJC Will Close

Before making the decision to close, JJC takes road conditions, the closing status of local schools, the readiness of JJC campuses (are the parking lots plowed or are the sidewalks shoveled?) and scheduled classes/activities into consideration.

JJC's closing procedures state that:

  • If the weather is bad overnight, JJC will make an announcement at 5 a.m. or before for a closing or delayed start.*
  • Depending on how weather conditions evolve, the college may need to close midday if conditions warrant.
  • If the weather is bad during the day, JJC will make an announcement to cancel evening classes by 3 p.m. of the current day.
  • If you don't hear from JJC about a school closing, that means the college is open.

*During a delayed start, any class that begins prior to the start time – no matter the length - will be canceled. This includes extended class periods that may begin before and end after the delayed start time.

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Tags: For New Students, About JJC

4 JJC Resources You Can Take Advantage of to Excel in Class

Posted by Katie Newberry on Nov 4, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Even though the semester is winding down, it might not be easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This can be especially true if you’ve received midterm grades that did not meet your expectations or you’re anxious about looming final exams. And don’t forget about the upcoming holidays which can cause even the calmest people a lot of stress! But don't worry, JJC offers resources to help you excel in your classes and minimize stress.  

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Tags: For New Students, Tips & Tricks, About JJC

5 Things You Didn't Know About Medical Assisting

Posted by Katie Newberry on Oct 21, 2019 8:01:00 AM

JJC’s newest program, medical assisting, begins in spring 2020. The need for medical assistants is in high demand with an aging baby-boom generation in need of preventative care.  

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

3 Advantages of Taking a Flex Start Class

Posted by Katie Newberry on Oct 7, 2019 8:02:00 AM

The final series of Flex Start classes for the fall semester at JJC begin Monday, Oct. 14. There are over 50 classes to choose from in a variety of programs. Flex Start classes allow students to take shorter term courses that start later in the semester, giving students more opportunities to manage around their schedules.  

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Tags: For New Students, About JJC