Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first public community college, offers associates in applied science degrees for those looking to enter the work place. JJC also offers pre-baccalaureate programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university. As America's first public community college began in 1901 as an experimental postgraduate high school program. It was the idea of J. Stanley Brown, Superintendent of Joliet Township High School, and William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago.
Tucked in the middle of a wildlife preserve, bridging the banks of a lake and surrounded by its own Arboretum stands the Main Campus of Joliet Junior College. Each year, in this special setting, more than 35,000 students find the college experience they want. Some want to be chefs or prosthetics professionals or veterinarians, others want to be journalists or accountants or musicians. Some want to learn game design, fire science or automotive technology; others, hospitality management or horticulture. Many transfer on to four-year institutions.
The programs are varied, comprehensive and high quality. JJC students are equally diverse in their interests, backgrounds and ages. But they have one thing in common: they all want to get ahead. With the help of a variety of programs, small classes, convenient locations, and welcoming faculty and support staff they find the college that will get them there: JJC.
What is a community college?
JJC is a higher education institution that provides international students a two-year curriculum leading to an associate's degree. The associate’s degree is the first two years of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
What are the benefits of attending a community college?
- Smaller class sizes
- Tuition is more cost-effective and affordable than a four-year university
- Ability to earn a credential in less time than a four-year institution
- Ability to transfer to a four-year institution
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
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