Student Testimonials

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.”



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.”


Previous Testimonials

  • 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.”



  • 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.” 

  • 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."


    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.”


  • 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.”

    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.”

  • 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.” 

  • 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.”

  • Adam Roy | Culinary Arts

    Adam Roy | Culinary Arts

    “I come from humble beginnings. JJC offered a way for me to succeed in the U.S. and overseas. I too was a scholarship recipient and needed those funds to assist my goal of earning an associate degree.”

    More on Adam: Culinary Alumnus Right at Home in Kitchens Overseas

    June 2020 spotlight

  • Elena Sukeviciute-Maksimavicius | Geographic Information Systems

    Elena Sukeviciute-Maksimavicius | Geographic Information Systems

    “I was excited to find geographic information systems classes at Joliet Junior College where I could continue to improve my skills and knowledge previously gained at Vilnius University in Lithuania. The professors at JJC were great. They brought real world experience, and real-life situations to textbook lessons.”

    More about Elena: GIS Program Offers Students a Degree in Rapidly Growing Industry

    June 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


  • Margarita Reyes 

    Margarita Reyes

    Margarita Reyes

    “As someone who has never taken online classes before – and who doesn’t have anyone to ask for help at home – I didn’t know if I was going to pass or fail when JJC switched to an all-online format last spring. But all the staff and my teachers were really helpful. It wasn’t as overwhelming as I originally thought. I received straight A’s!” 

    November 2020 spotlight

  • Ian Wilkinson   

    Ian Wilkinson

    “We have found ourselves distanced from each other, but it is going to have to take more than a virus to keep this pack from howling.” 

    November 2020 spotlight