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

4 Ways the Library Can Prepare You for College

Posted by Logan Kap on Aug 9, 2021 8:26:26 AM

With the fall semester approaching, many students are beginning to think about the transition back to classes. Whether you are new to college or a returning student, it’s important to be prepared for the semester, especially given the challenges from the pandemic this past year. The Joliet Junior College Library wants to make that transition as seamless as possible.

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Tags: For New Students, Just for Fun, About JJC, Community, Student Services, History

6 Tips For Hosting a COVID-Safe Gathering

Posted by Katie Newberry on Apr 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM

As people are receiving their COVID vaccinations and restrictions are starting to ease, we’re getting anxious to gather with other people. Whether it’s having wedding that was postponed or hosting events for your organization, people are ready to get back to some sense of normalcy.  

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, Holidays, Community, Safety Tips, JJC Experts, COVID-19

5 Historical Photos of America’s First Public Community College

Posted by Katie Newberry on Apr 5, 2021 8:12:00 AM

Joliet Junior College was founded in 1901 and is the oldest public community college in the United States. Throughout its 120-year existence, many students and staff have come through the doors to shape JJC’s rich history.  

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community, History

The Value of Apprenticeships

Posted by Katie Newberry on Feb 22, 2021 8:02:00 AM

As part of a three-year grant, Joliet Junior College is supporting local businesses and students by growing the number of registered apprenticeshipsThe $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), aims to create 150 apprentices.  

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Tags: In-Demand Jobs, For New Students, Careers, About JJC, Community

Celebrating Black History Month at JJC

Posted by Katie Newberry on Feb 8, 2021 8:06:00 AM

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the barriers that the Black community has brokenexpress pride in what it means to be Black and to honor the impact of Black Americans on U.S. historyFebruary was chosen as Black History Month because the birthdays of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln fall during the month. It's also the month that the NAACP was founded. 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, About JJC, Community

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

10 Habits to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

Posted by Katie Newberry on Dec 9, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Unfortunately, flu season is upon us and illnesses spread quickly this time of the year. With some help from Joliet Junior College’s nursing faculty members, we’ve compiled a list of ways to help you, and the people around you, stay healthy this winter. 

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Tags: Careers, Tips & Tricks, Community, Healthcare, JJC Experts

10 "Just-For-Fun" Non-Credit Classes You Can Take in Fall 2019

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on Aug 26, 2019 8:19:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do this fall? Take a non-credit class at JJC! JJC's continuing education courses are fun and interest-based, meant more for enjoyment than a grade. These classes, which are open to both students and community members, cover a wide range of topics which include local history, cooking, music, crafts and more. They are offered every semester.

Take a look at our list of 10 "just-for-fun" fall classes below, or browse the catalog yourself.

Visit jjc.edu/LLC to learn more.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Community

5 Non-Credit Certificates You Can Earn at JJC That Will Land You A Job

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on Jul 8, 2019 8:08:00 AM


Want to get into the workforce quickly?

JJC offers a number of for-credit certificates (check out our list of 15 JJC certificates you can earn in one year or less) that will help get you into the workforce fast, but for some careers, there may be an even quicker option. Below, we list five non-credit certificates, offered through JJC's Corporate & Community Services Department, that provide you with job-ready skills and a training credential.

Even though these classes do not provide credit toward a degree program, you can promote them on your resume to help you land a job. In most cases, these classes will provide the training you need to qualify to take certification exams. 

Non-Credit Programs vs For-Credit Programs
Non-credit programs are short-term (typically lasting one semester or less) and provide job-ready skills. They do not count toward a college degree or college certificate. For-credit programs are more traditional and count toward a college degree or college certificate. 

Questions about these programs or others not listed here? Contact Training Coordinator Chris Lester at dlester@jjc.edu or call (815) 280-1423. You can also visit trainingupdate.org.

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Tags: Careers, Community

10 "Just-For-Fun" Non-Credit Classes You Can Take (Summer 2019)

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on May 20, 2019 8:06:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take a non-credit class at JJC! JJC's continuing education courses are fun and interest-based, meant more for enjoyment than a grade. These classes, which are open to both students and community members, cover a wide range of topics which include local history, cooking, music, crafts and more. They are offered every semester.

Take a look at our list of 10 "just-for-fun" summer classes below, or browse the catalog yourself here.

Visit jjc.edu/LLC to learn more.

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Tags: Just for Fun, About JJC, Summer, Community