Joliet Junior College is a two-year school that is considered the first public community college in the United States. With its main campus in Joliet, Illinois, the school offers four other campuses in the area. The school primarily serves students looking to transfer to four-year schools.
The school’s five divisions include: Nursing and Allied Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences, ICampus, Continuing Education and Career and Technical Education.
The Career and Technical Education Division at Joliet offers many programs and degrees including business, horticulture, culinary arts and hospitality. The agriculture program, which began in 1954, was the first of its kind offered by any Illinois community college. The program serves over 200 students each year. Courses include agricultural business, power equipment technology and swine management.
Joliet Junior College also offers a Continuing Education Program that includes adult education, business and industry training and community education. The Adult Education Program offers career and college transitional services, English as a second language and high school completion courses. The Women and Family Programs include a Welfare to Work Center and a displaced homemakers program.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Joliet offers courses in English, fine arts, math, natural science, education, and social and behavioral sciences. The Fine Arts Program at the school offers a number of courses including art, interior design and speech. The school showcases the student’s art on campus at the Laura Sprague Gallery.
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New students to the school must submit a Joliet Junior College application along with high school/GED transcripts and an official COMPASS Placement test.
There are special application procedures for the Nursing Program, Radiologic Technology and Veterinarian Technology along with the Joliet college requirements.
Joliet also admits international students, transient students, and high school students.
Joliet offers many types of aid including loans, grants and scholarships. Students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for aid.
Grants at the school include the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the Illinois Incentive Access Grant and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program.
The school’s official web site offers a list of scholarships to apply for. There are many to choose from according to a student’s major field of study. Scholarships include the Hector Boiardi Pro Start “Chef for a Day” Award, The Will County Juvenile Officers Association Scholarship and the Kankakee Valley VMA Scholarship.
Joliet offers veteran’s benefits as well as federal work study programs.
Joliet Junior College was founded in 1901 in Joliet, Illinois. Several clubs and organizations are available to all students including the International Students Club, the Automotive Services Association and the Student Horticultural Association.
Joliet also offers many Greek organizations on campus.
Joliet Junior College sponsors a Holistic Wellness Office that holds events throughout the school year such as Alcohol Awareness Week and Stress Relief Days during finals.
Joliet, Illinois is a multicultural city of 145,000 people, located 40 miles southeast of Chicago. The city is the fastest growing in Illinois and one of the fastest growing in the nation. The city was featured in the hit TV series Prison Break, and in movie The Blues Brothers.
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Joliet participates in many intercollegiate athletics including baseball, basketball and football. The Wolves compete in the Region IV of the NJCAA.