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

5 New Continuing Ed Classes to Explore This Summer

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 28, 2021 8:09:00 AM

Joliet Junior College’s Corporate and Community Services offers several continuing education courses, including professional development and career training programs, lifelong learning workshops, Kids College and contract training programs.

This summer, community classes are meeting in person in accordance with the college’s COVID safety protocols. Here, we spotlight five new course offerings that you can get involved with at JJC for the first time!

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Tags: Just for Fun, MakerLab, Corporate and Community Services, Continuing Education

Early Years of JJC’s Night School: 4 Fascinating Facts

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 14, 2021 8:07:00 AM

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.

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Tags: Just for Fun, History

5 Emotions You'll Experience on Graduation Day

Posted by Sam Sottosanto on May 17, 2021 8:05:00 AM

As Graduation Day gets closer, we can only imagine the thoughts bubbling through your mind. It's normal to feel emotional - after all, you've come so far to get here. We hope you'll savor the moment when your name is called and you receive your diploma or certificate. 

A reminder that in order to maintain safety while celebrating our graduates, JJC is conducting two different commencement ceremonies, a drive-thru and virtual event, on May 21. 

Today's blog is about the emotions we're sure you'll be feeling on Graduation Day. Can you identify with any of them already?

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Tags: Just for Fun

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

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

JJC Chefs Share Their Fruit-Inspired Drinks

Posted by Katie Newberry on Aug 3, 2020 8:02:27 AM

Chefs in Joliet Junior College’s Culinary Arts Department are so experienced that they could whip up just about anything. From fancy holiday meals to easy drinks you can enjoy poolside, there isn’t a bad thing on the menu. And these days, you owe it to yourself for a fun activity and a little relaxation. Besides, there are plenty of warm days still ahead of us 

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, Summer, Culinary, Recipes

Summer To-Do List: Make Your Own Face Mask

Posted by Scott Harvey on Jun 29, 2020 8:06:00 AM

Sure, the stores are now stocked with a variety of face masks that help protect us amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean you can’t still create your own, especially if you’re looking to fill any free time this summer with some new projects.

Need a blueprint to follow? Students in JJC’s costume class, under the direction of Fine Arts Professor Julie Giampaolo, not only sewed their own masks from home this spring as part of remote course work, but donated them to community members! Over 500 masks were distributed to eight different medical facilities, as well as to JJC employees and students.

Whether you’re sewing by hand or using a machine, you can create your own mask with some fabric, thread, and by following these steps.

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Tags: Tips & Tricks, Just for Fun, JJC Experts, Online Learning

7 Fun Non-Credit Virtual Classes You Can Take (Summer 2020)

Posted by Katie Newberry on Jun 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Cure your summer boredom by taking a non-credit class at JJC! JJC's continuing education courses are fun and a great way to pick up a new hobby or skill, plus there’s no pressure to get a good grade. These classes, which are open to both students and community members of all ages, cover a wide range of topics including local history, photographyfinancegardening and more. Since JJC’s physical campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these courses will all be held online.  

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Tags: Just for Fun, Summer