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11 Most Popular JJC Majors

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 30, 2017 8:40:41 AM

JJC offers a ton of degree and certificate options - more than 180 different types to be exact. From nursing to computer science, the choices are all across the board. But have you ever wondered which majors were the most popular?

According to data pulled from JJC's Institutional Research Office, most students have declared that they are earning an Associate of Arts degree (37.2 percent). Associate of Science degree earners make up 12.2 percent of students. After that (not taking into account students enrolled in dual credit classes) here's our list of the most popular JJC majors.

For a complete list of JJC degree and certificate options, click here.

For Gainful Employment statistics, click here.

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5 Local, In-Demand Career Education Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 16, 2017 9:03:56 AM


Thinking about your future career? Consider career education. These jobs are on the rise in the Joliet region, and we've compiled a list of the most in-demand positions you can obtain with only an associate degree. Check them out below!

Click here to see a list of JJC career education offerings, such as welding, hospitality management and culinary arts.

All information was pulled from the EMSI data set for the Joliet region. 

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Undecided? Choose One of These Up-and-Coming Fields

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 28, 2017 8:26:48 AM

Not sure about your major? No sweat! 20 to 50 percent of students are undecided when they start college, and up to 75 percent end up changing their major. But while it's perfectly OK not knowing where you see yourself post-graduation just yet, it's also important to start weighing your interests and career options now.

JJC offers more than 180 degree and certificate programs (click here to see them all). If you're looking for a job you know will be relevant after you graduate, take a look at our list of up-and-coming fields and the careers you can land with a degree in each field.

Not enrolled at JJC? Apply here.

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7 of the Happiest Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Aug 21, 2017 8:21:39 AM


According to the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of Americans say they're happy with their job. Arguably one of the most important parts of choosing a career path, finding something you're happy and passionate about is more likely to happen if you have a college degree, Pew reports. 

If you're an undecided JJC student or considering JJC as one of your college options, check out our list below to see seven careers that will make you happy - all of which can be obtained with an associate degree from JJC.

Please note: This list is subjective and depends on an individual's interest level. 

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5 Reasons to Attend the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 15, 2017 8:37:24 AM

Whether you're a student or a community member, mark your calendars for the Joliet Regional Job Fair on Wednesday, May 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.! This year, the event will take place in JJC's new Event Center.

Not sure if you should go? Check out five reasons below to learn why it might be a good idea. 

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11 Hot Careers You Can Study for at JJC

Posted by Sam Ritz on May 8, 2017 8:01:58 AM


Where do you see yourself in five years?

This question can be intimidating - especially if you're an undecided major or thinking about changing careers. If you're exploring interests, check out the eleven hot careers featured in this blog, all of which will see an increase in positions from now until 2024. 

What's even better is you can begin your journey to all of these careers right here at JJC!

(Click here to apply or click here to register for classes.) 

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7 Superhero-like Jobs You Can Get with a JJC Degree

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 20, 2017 8:23:46 AM

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When you were a kid, did you ever dream of becoming a superhero? While we all know it's not possible to sprout Hulk-like muscles overnight or obtain the ability to fly like Superman, there are still ways you can be a "superhero" - like choosing a career that's valued in your community.

And did you know that you can obtain these careers with only an associate degree from JJC? Below we've listed seven superhero-like jobs and what you need to know if you're interested in pursuing them. 

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Tips for Navigating the Joliet Regional Job Fair

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Apr 5, 2016 8:59:59 AM

Are you in the market for an internship or job? The Annual Joliet Regional Job Fair is a great place to start!

This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m. at JJC (J-Building). There will be more than 60 local and national companies on site, including Home Depot, H&M, Walgreens, NAPA Auto Parts, Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, Exelon and more.

If you plan to attend, make sure to dress in professional business attire, bring resumes, and come prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

Not sure if your resume is up to par, or need to brush up on your interviewing skills? We got you covered! Check out the videos below for helpful tips.

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Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchens (and what that means for you)

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Nov 9, 2015 9:54:40 AM
Culinary job openings are on the rise, but businesses are finding there are not enough cooks to staff the open positions. According to the National Restaurant Association, in 2005 Illinois was home to more than 21,000 eating and drinking establishments. Nearly a decade later, that number has jumped to more than 27,000 establishments (almost a 25% increase). 
 
So what does this mean for culinary students? A wider selection of job opportunities, many of which aren’t necessarily in traditional restaurants or hotels. While in the past culinary school graduates gravitated towards prestigious Michelin star-rated restaurants, now students can explore their passions working for a range of establishments – from brew pubs, to food trucks, to even supermarket chains like Whole Foods and Mariano’s.
 
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