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5 Tasty Summer Treats You Can Get at the JJC Cafeteria

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 25, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Finding it hard to tolerate the summer heat? Stop by the Wolves Den Cafeteria for a refreshing treat! Whether you're at JJC for the summer semester and need a break in between classes or you're stopping by to check out the campus before you start this fall, the cafeteria is open and ready to satisfy your summer cravings.

Check out the top five tasty summer treats you can get at the cafeteria below.

Note: Wolves Den Cafeteria summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tags: Just for Fun, Summer, Community

11 "Just-For-Fun" Non-Credit Classes You Can Take This Summer

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 9, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Note: This blog references summer 2018. Please view our most recent "just-for-fun" classes blog here.

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 11 "just-for-fun" summer classes below, or browse the catalog yourself at jjc.edu/class-schedule (search for "LLC - Lifelong Learning Class"). Visit jjc.edu/llc to learn more.

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

7 Nearby Places to Visit During Spring Break

Posted by Sam Ritz on Mar 5, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Spring break will be here before you know it! If you don't have a trip planned, but you're still looking for something fun to do locally, we've got you covered. We've listed seven things you can do for fun within a 60-mile radius of JJC below. 

Enjoy your spring break! 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, Community

7 Ways to Focus Your Mind

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jan 12, 2018 1:59:00 PM

Is your brain still on "vacation mode" after a long winter break? Are you worried that you're going to find it hard to concentrate, at least at the beginning of this new semester? According to Psychology Today, you're not alone - the "post vacation" blues are a real thing.

But the good news is you can overcome them! To help you transition into second semester, we've compiled a list of tips to help you start the year off fresh - whether this is your first semester or your last. Good luck!

Haven't applied to JJC yet? Late start classes are still available. Apply here.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Community

5 Places to Volunteer in the Joliet Area

Posted by Sam Ritz on Nov 20, 2017 8:03:23 AM

Did you know that volunteering can improve your health? According to the Huffington Post, 94 percent of people surveyed said that volunteering helped put them in a good mood.

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start giving back to your community. If you're not sure where to start, we've compiled a list of five organizations below.

Want to see more?
Click here for additional opportunities (list organized by the JJC Office of Holistic Wellness)

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Tags: Just for Fun, Holidays, Community

5 Workout Tips

Posted by Sam Ritz on Oct 9, 2017 8:02:05 AM

Did you know that regular exercise can improve your mood? It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and help you sleep better. If you're looking to jumpstart your workout routine, check out our five tips below.

Looking for a little extra motivation? Register for the JJC Haunted 5K on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018!

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Community

8 Great Finds at the JJC Farmers Market

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 20, 2017 2:30:55 PM

If you're a regular on JJC's Main Campus in the summer, maybe you've stopped by the JJC Farmers Market on Thursdays for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods or other specialty items.

Today, we're highlighting eight great things you can find at our market! Did your favorite make the list?

(Click here for more on the JJC Farmers Market!)

JJC Farmers Market
Thursdays in the Summer
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
JJC Greenhouse Parking Lot (right off Houbolt Road)
Link and SNAP cards accepted

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Tags: Just for Fun, Community

5 Books to Read this Summer

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 5, 2017 8:13:20 AM

Looking for a good read this summer?

Even if you haven't picked up a book in a while, we've created a list of books we think you would enjoy below. Need a reason to read? It's been proven that reading helps you relax. It also boosts your brain power and makes you more empathetic.

(If this list doesn't meet your taste, check out 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers or 100 Books You Should Read in a Lifetime. Visit the JJC Library to ask one of our librarians what they recommend or refer to the Library's Facebook page for even more recommendations.) 

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Tags: Just for Fun, Summer, Community

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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Tags: Careers, Community

JJC Chefs Share Mouthwatering Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Posted by Sam Ritz on Apr 24, 2017 8:28:02 AM

Cinco De Mayo is only one week away! The popular Mexican holiday is celebrated in the United States and Mexico every May 5 to commemorate a battle between the Mexican army and the French forces of Napoleon III more than 150 years ago.

At JJC, we asked three of our chefs from the Culinary Arts Department to share their favorite Mexican dishes in celebration of the holiday.

Check them out below!


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Tags: Holidays, Community