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Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois, is the nation's first public community college. It offers pre-baccalaureate college programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university, job education leading directly to employment, literacy and adult education programs, workforce development and student support services.

The school began in 1901 as an experimental postgraduate high school program. It was the concept of Superintendent of Joliet Township High School J. Stanley Brown and William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago. While the college's first enrollment was just six students, today more than 35,000 students enroll in credit classes and noncredit courses.

The Joliet Junior College community encourages a caring and friendly environment that embraces diversity and promotes personal growth via core values.

General Education Degrees:
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
- Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education

Career and Technical Education Degrees:
- Associate in Applied Science
- Certificate of Achievement
- Certificate of Completion

Programs are in fields from Agricultural and Culinary Arts to Science and Technology studies.

The college is dedicated to the quality of its programs and services and is ever appraising and improving its programs and services. Joliet Junior College promotes excellence among teachers and students and also is committed to providing programs that are both accessible and affordable to local residents.


There are three campuses and three extension centers to serve residents throughout the 525 school District. Campuses include:

- The Main Campus
- Romeoville
- City Center
- Other Satellite Campuses (classes at area high schools)

Strategic Plan

Joliet Junior College strives to be a leader in teaching and learning, and is hopefully the first choice for post-secondary education among local students. The school attempts to enrich people's lives through affordable and quality class programs. The college provides college transfer and career preparation and a lifetime of learning to the diverse community it serves.

Office of Student Activities

The mission of their student act ivies department is to allow a diverse extracurricular program for student's beyond the formal classroom setting. By promoting opportunities for involvement via student clubs and organizations, it hopefully provides an environment which promotes personal and academic growth.

Through numerous clubs, organizations, and activities, students have the opportunity to add other dimensions to their college experience.

Joliet Junior College supports the personal and professional growth of all students and instructors. The school believes that all staff members should demonstrate a responsible, accountable, and ethical role in the school's structure.

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