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Weitendorf

Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center


Joliet Junior College opened the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center in June 2007 on 32 acres of land donated by John H. Weitendorf, Sr. a 1942 alumnus. While the center's primary focus is education, the 30,500 square foot complex is available for outside groups and could be an ideal location for your next meeting, event, or show.

John H. Weitendorf, Sr.

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center has been made possible through the generous donation of John H. Weitendorf, Sr., a 1942 Joliet Junior College alumnus.

The center was conceived to enhance educational opportunities found within Joliet Junior College's Agricultural, Horticultural, and Veterinary Medical Technology Departments for faculty, students, and the Joliet community. The facility was necessitated by the lack of suitable facilities at the Main Campus.

Successful realization of the mission of these departments, and the community college system as a whole, requires that institutions provide the most current information and experiences to all those in need, regardless of their financial or social status. We strive to reach that realization, but are often limited by the depth of financial commitment from the public education system.

The generosity and commitment of private companies and individuals with a common interest in the advancement of the agriculture industry will bring us closer to achieving the goals and objectives shared by all in this most important and vital field of agriculture.

John Weitendorf dedicated his real estate business to helping area farmers secure land to pursue their dreams. Now, the center that bears his name will assist the college as it educates future generations in agriculture.

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center is located on 32 acres of land donated in 1999 to the JJC Foundation by Weitendorf. The center officially opened its doors in June 2007. While students, faculty, and the community of Joliet Junior College enjoy this educational resource, it also serves as a reminder of John Weitendorf's generosity and the longstanding tradition of JJC alumni contributing to the educational mission of the college.

Interested donors can inquire about naming opportunities at the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center by contacting Kristin Mulvey, Executive Director of the JJC Foundation, by calling (815) 280-2353 or visiting the JJC Foundation page.

Features

  • Four meeting/class rooms (which may be opened up into two larger rooms)
  • Internet access (free WiFi available)
  • Projectors, sound systems, and other audio/visual equipment
  • 10,800 square foot arena
  • 6,900 square foot exhibit hall which may be set up as a meeting/presentation/eating area
  • Livestock holding wing
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Livestock gates, auction block, and indoor wash racks

 

Non-Credit and Lifelong Learning Classes Offered
 

Course

Days/Time

Dates

CDL Training at JJC
(CDL.101)

Monday through Friday
8:00am-4:30pm                 

A new class starts with Advantage CDL at JJC regularly. Call 815-280-6902 or e-mail CDLinfo@jjc.edu for more information.

Forklift Training
(FORK.201)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00am-2:00pm                 

02/12/18-02/15/18 and 03/12/18-03/15/18
Call 815-280-1555 for more information or to inquire about future offerings.

Will County Traffic School (TRAF.700)

Varies

Various class dates. Day classes are 8:00am-12:00pm; night classes are 6:00pm-10:00pm. Call 815-280-1401 or Click here for more information.

K-9 Good Citizen (CGC) & K-9 Good Citizen Advaned Obedience (CGCA)
(LLC 3620)

Thursday
Either 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
or 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

02/01/18-04/19/18 (no classes 02/22/18 and 03/01/18)
Introduction to Upholstery
(LLC 4257)

Thursday
Either 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
or 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

​02/01/18-03/22/18
Is Beekeeping for Me?
(LLC 5227)
Thursday
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
02/22/18
​Beginning Beekeeping I
(LLC 5228
Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
​03/03/18, 03/24/18, 04/07/18, and 04/28/18
Oil Painting
Session 1:  Landscapes
(LLC 5377)
Tuesday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
01/23/18
Oil Painting
Session 2:  Floral
(LLC 5377)
Tuesday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
02/13/18
Oil Painting
Session 3:  Landscapes
(LLC 5377)

Tuesday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

03/06/18
Oil Painting
Session 4: Candle (still object)
(LLC 5377)
Tuesday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
03/27/18

Log on to eResources or call 815-280-1555 to register!
For class descriptions, visit the Community & Continuing Education Schedule.

 

Nearby Hotels​

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center is located south of I-80 on Laraway Road. Exit I-80 at either Route 53 South/Exit #132-A or Briggs Street South/Exit 134. These hotels are located within 10 miles of the center:

Directions

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center is conveniently located 10 minutes south of downtown Joliet and I-80. We're on Laraway Road, across from the Chicagoland Speedway, about a mile and a half in from Route 53 on the west and Route 52 on the east. GPS ALERT: GPS systems will not typically find us, so please use these directions or print the maps below to assist you. If you need to put an address into your GPS system, use 1151 East Laraway Road. That's not our address, but it's our neighbor directly to the west of us. That should guide you well until you see the purple Joliet Junior College signs for our entrance. Safe travels!

  • From the North

    I-355 South to I-80 West to Briggs Street Exit (#134), turn left (South) onto Briggs Street. Briggs Street becomes Manhattan Road/Route 52. Turn right (West) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on right (North) side of Laraway Road.

  • From the South

    I-55 North to Arsenal Road Exit (#245), turn right (East) onto Arsenal Road. Turn left (North) onto Route 53. Turn right (East) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on left (North) side of Laraway Road.

  • From the West

    I-80 East to Route 53 Exit (#132A), turn right (South) onto Route 53. Turn left (East) on Laraway. Entrance will be on left (North) side of Laraway Road.

  • From the East

    I-80 West to Briggs Street Exit (#134), turn left (South) onto Briggs Street. Briggs Street becomes Manhattan Road/Route 52. Turn right (West) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on right (North) side of Laraway Road.

Rentals

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center provides comfortable and convenient amenities with modern technology, welcoming groups from five to 500.

For more information about these rooms or to check their availability please contact Mary Cwikla at (815) 280-6900 or e-mail weitendorfevents@jjc.edu. To view pictures of events held in these spaces in the past, click here.

Available Spaces

  • Event Spaces

    The center offers two large event areas: the arena at 10,000 square feet and the exhibit hall at 6,500 square feet. A livestock holding and handling wing is also available. These larger areas are not air conditioned; they are heated. Tables, chairs, a sound system, and divider curtains are available on-site. These areas provide free guest WiFi. Portable audio/visual equipment can be made available with advanced notice.

  • Meeting and Class Rooms

    The center offers four 36-seat meeting rooms, which can be converted into two larger meeting rooms to accommodate two groups of up to 70 guests comfortably. These meeting rooms are equipped with white boards, projection screens, data/video projectors, a podium, Internet network connection, a small sound system, and free guest WiFi.

  • Catering Options

     JJC's Foodservice Department can assist you with catering needs at the facility. For more information see the Catering Menus page.

  • Rental Rates

    Room Rate   Room Rate
    Classroom
    Seats up to 32 comfortably
    600 square feet

    $85 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $150 full day (over 4 hours)

     

    Arena
    Maximum Capacity: 700
    10,800 square feet

    Monday-Friday
    $400 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $500 full day (over 4 hours)
    Saturday/Sunday
    $500 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $600 full day (over 4 hours)

    Double Classroom
    (airwall opened up)
    Seats up to 64 comfortably
    1,200 square feet

    $170 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $300 full day (over 4 hours)

      Exhibit Hall
    Maximum Capacity: 400
    6,800 square feet
    Monday-Friday
    $400 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $500 full day (over 4 hours)

    Saturday/Sunday
    $500 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $600 full day (over 4 hours)

Calendar of Events

  • 2018 Events

    • 01/01: HOLIDAY
    • 01/05: Tri-River Police Training - Juvenile Law Update
    • 01/13-01/14: 4G&TB Nosework Trials
    • 01/15: HOLIDAY
    • 01/29-02/02: Tri-River Police Training - Lead Homicide Detective
    • 01/29: 4G&TB Seminar
    • 02/17-02/18: Cattle Fitting Clinic
    • 02/20: Tri-River Police Training - Mental Health
    • 02/23: Horticulture Contest
    • 02/24-02/25: 4G&TB Nosework Trials
    • 03/07: District Proficiency
    • 03/10: State Food Science and Vet Science Contests
    • 03/14: ISVMA Board Meeting
    • 03/20-03/22: Ag Expo
    • 03/30: HOLIDAY
    • 03/31: Pig Sale
    • 04/14: Livestock Judging Contest
    • 04/18: Tri-River Police Training - Casualty Care
    • 04/21: 4-H Robotics Contest
    • 04/28: 4-H Robotics Contest
    • 05/02: State Ag Business Management Contest
    • 05/05: Pig Show (tentative)
    • 05/16: Tri-River Police Training - Casualty Care
    • 05/19: Lamb Show
    • 05/28: HOLIDAY
    • 06/12: Tri-River Police Training - Casualty Care
    • 07/04: HOLIDAY
    • 07/12: Will County Farm Bureau Member Appreciation/Family Fun Night
    • 07/14: 4-H Summer Show (tentative)
    • 07/17: Summer Ag Institute
    • 09/03: HOLIDAY
    • 09/19: Ag Scholarship Picnic (tentative)
    • 10/05-10/07: Stone City Kennel Club - Dog Show (tentative)
    • 10/27-10/28: Burmese Mountain Dog - Dog Show (tentative)
    • 10/31: Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences Career Day (tentative)
    • 11/03: Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences Career Day (tentative)
    • 11/14: Ag Sales Contest (tentative)
    • 11/22-11/23: HOLIDAY
    • 12/24-01/01/19: HOLIDAY

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