Student Testimonials

Selene Rodriguez-VenegasSelene Rodriguez-Venegas

“As a returning adult student, it was difficult to navigate the enrollment process needed to start attending college. Since the start, I found much support and motivation from classmates, faculty and staff. I started at JJC undecided and Career Services helped me declare a major and get a job while attending classes. JJC has changed my life completely! It gave me the tools needed to achieve one of my biggest dreams, which was graduating with an associate degree. I learned so much about myself and it has been an incredible journey."



Rachael Fox | Nursing Rachael Fox

“The program has professors who serve as retention specialists and make themselves readily available to assist your learning and comprehension of more challenging content. The professors bring so much energy into the classroom and their passion for teaching is truly remarkable.”

More on Rachael: Nursing Program Selects Citizenship Winners


Previous Testimonials

  • Eliana Melero

    Eliana Melero | General Studies Guadalupe Medina

    “JJC is very inclusive. Everyone here is included regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. I got to be a part of the group of students who interviewed the JJC Chief of Police candidates and when they were interviewing for the new Director for the Office of Student Activities. JJC has taught me to never be afraid to take chances because they can lead you to great opportunities. This is the first time I am able to voice my opinion and feel like I’m being heard.”

    May 2021 spotlight

  • Angelo Tufano

    Angelo Tufano | Orthotics & Prosthetics Technology  Sara Schelinski

    "The OPT professors not only teach you the skills needed to build devices that can change the lives of many, but every day they teach the students how to be great leaders even when we don’t realize it. The lab, as well as the school, have become a second home to many, including myself. I never fear anything while I’m there and feel loved by a family that I never knew I needed. This family, while many don’t realize it, extends throughout the school as many leaders like Professor Brncick and Professor Masterton are there fostering the minds of the leaders of tomorrow. I have been honored and humbled to work and learn from some of these great people, some of which have gone above and beyond to help me when I needed it; showing that a person that is normally considered as unworthy is truly worthy."

    May 2021 spotlight

  • Guadalupe Medina 

    Guadalupe Medina 

    “I chose to come to JJC because it was much more affordable for me to attend a two-year institution before I transferred to a bigger university. I also chose JJC because I knew I was not ready to leave home just yet, so I decided to go to the college that was near me, allowing me to stay home for a few more years. JJC also offers a lot of smaller class sizes and I thought it would a better place to learn and expand my knowledge.”

    April 2021 spotlight

  • Sara Schelinski

    Sara Schelinski

    “The opportunities that I had here, such as taking unique courses as well as studying abroad, had established a foundation of confidence in my academic explorations. The professors that I had instilled in me such a sense of purpose in what I was learning that I have been able to jump into my new environment without missing a beat.”

    April 2021 spotlight

  • Marshall McDonnell

    Marshall McDonnell

    Marshall McDonnell

    “I was so thankful to receive two scholarships through the JJC Foundation this year. Thanks to the generosity of donors, I can continue to play baseball while working and going to school.”

    March 2021 spotlight


  • Oleksandra Mykulyak

    Oleksandra Mykulyak

    Oleksandra Mykulyak

    “When I came to United States, the first thing on my mind was to go to school. JJC was my first choice. I’m beyond grateful to my hospitality management and business instructors for all the knowledge and motivation they gave me. Along with gaining the knowledge to pursue my major, JJC’s classes helped me develop leadership and communication skills and overcome my language barrier.” 

    March 2021 spotlight

  • Abubakare Olaseni Arowolo | Nursing

    Abubakare Olaseni Arowolo

    Abubakare Olaseni Arowolo | Nursing

    "There's just something special about this faculty, the tutoring provided here at JJC is second to none. One could walk into any of the faculty member offices if you need advice."

    February 2021 spotlight

    More on Abubakare: JJC Nursing Awards 2020 Citizenship Honors

  • Mary Hatfield

    Mary Hatfield

    Mary Hatfield

    “Now as I lecture and teach undergrads myself, I refer back to the effectiveness of JJC's lecturers in communicating knowledge and passion for their subject areas and I try to channel the same enthusiasm to my students. JJC provided a wide foundation for my career in the humanities, offering a breadth of coursework and research skills that have served me well.”

    February 2021 spotlight

  • Don Florante | Nursing

    Don Florante | Nursing

    “While they are educating you here at JJC they are also setting you up and preparing you to further your education after JJC. The alumni from JJC is also a great resource that is not talked about enough I feel. They are in constant communication with current students and serve as yet another resource.”

    January 2021 spotlight

    More on Don: JJC Nursing Awards 2020 Citizenship Honors

  • Esli Ramos

    Esli Ramos

    “As someone who is visually impaired, JJC’s Disability Services office has been very helpful. Since I’ve been at JJC, I’ve learned to get involved, use the resources that JJC offers and not to be afraid to ask for what I need. The professors and students are really friendly and they don’t judge you. Since I’ve been on campus, I’ve also gotten a lot of leadership experience – I am the community affairs liaison of Latinos Unidos, the event coordinator for the International Student Club and a member of Intervarsity and Disability Awareness Club. To me, JJC feels like home.”

    January 2021 spotlight

  • Sobia Khatoon | Health Information Management

    Sobia Khatoon | Health Information Management

    “Starting the Health Information Management program gave a new purpose to my life. After joining school I not only participated in panels meant for improvement of other students at JJC, but also started working in a male dominated industry of technology. The knowledge from school and experience from work has changed me as a person. I am now a person with characteristics of a leader, and a person who has started to motivate other women to become career oriented.” 

    December 2020 spotlight

  • Erica Trejo | Health Information Management 

    Erica Trejo | Health Information Management 

    Erica Trejo

    “I had an interest in the medical field, but I didn’t want to be on the clinical side of things. Working in an office setting seemed more my style, so I chose JJC’s HIMT program. I was a full-time mom, working full time and going to school full time. It was a lot, but I handled it. I was a volunteer at Silver Cross Hospital before I got a job there. Since then, I’ve moved up from an analyst in medical records, to a lead, to now a manager and part of hospital leadership.”

    December 2020 spotlight

  • Julian Archuleta | Business

    Julian Archuleta | Business

    “Because JJC so affordable and delivers such a high quality of education it is the perfect place to go whether you already know your major or you are still undecided.”

    July 2020 spotlight

  • Hannah Anderson | Orthotics and Prosthetics


    Hannah Anderson | Orthotics and Prosthetics                                          

    “I had a wonderful time learning the tasks that helped me get a job right after school. I really appreciated my teachers and classmates.”

    July 2020 spotlight

  • Diana Peretti | Nursing     

    Diana Peretti | Nursing

    Dianna Peretti

    “JJC’s nursing program is filled with instructors that work hard to ensure that the nurses of tomorrow do not lack competency or empathy. I will soon be working my dream job as a labor and delivery nurse thanks to them.”

    August 2020 spotlight

  • Madisyn Serr | Marketing Summer Student 

    Madisyn Serr | Marketing Summer Student

    Madisyn Serr

    “The best decision I ever made was taking dual credit classes and summer classes at JJC. I learned many valuable things that I was able to carry over with me to the University of Iowa. The professors at JJC are also very willing to work with you - in fact, I have had better relationships with my JJC professors than at Iowa. Even though I have taken summer classes every year, I have always had plenty of time to work and do things on the weekends with my family and friends. I would definitely encourage other four-year university students to take classes at JJC during the summer.”

    August 2020 spotlight

  • Taylor Cook | Psychology   

    Taylor Cook | Psychology

    Taylor Cook

    “There’s a lot of uncertainties but the one guarantee is that JJC is going to be there with you every step of the way, making sure that you get everything that you need.”

    September 2020 spotlight

  • Ryan Queeney

    Ryan Queeney

    Ryan Queeney

    “Not everybody has $40K to go to a four-year school. A lot of people have to work. The professors at JJC are all very accommodating and understanding of your schedule. I also don’t take on a full course load each semester. Going at a slower pace allows me to work, be an involved student, take advantage of leadership opportunities and save money. I appreciate all the things JJC has offered me – it makes being a student easier!”   

    September 2020 spotlight

  • Sofia Cortes   

    Sofia Cortes

    Sofia Cortes

    “At first, I was very worried when my instructor said that we could no longer meet in class and would be working completely from home. Today, I am completely comfortable as an online student.”

    October 2020 spotlight


  • Francisco Lopez   

    Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    “Our professor worked so hard to make sure we had everything we needed to finish the spring semester online and prepared us for summer classes online. Her hard work was just the push and motivation I needed to keep going.”

    October 2020 spotlight