Success Stories

JJC Partners with XPO Logistics through Apprenticeship

There is a very high-demand for CDL Drivers in the transportation industry. Many companies are looking for innovative ways, such as apprenticeship programs, to build a talent pipeline to fill their workforce needs. Joliet Junior College is the... Continue reading

Joliet Junior College Apprentice Has Recipe for Success

Joliet Junior College student Jordan Gutierrez signed on to JJC’s Registered Apprenticeship program as the college’s first apprentice in Fall 2019. For the past year, Jordan has been taking culinary arts classes at JJC while working as a cook at The ... Continue reading

Reimagine the Workforce Strategy Through Apprenticeship

Joliet Junior College Partners with U.S. Water Culligan Group: The common theme among employers is the shortage of skilled workers and the challenge to fill a significant number of open positions within their company. The unemployment rate... Continue reading

JJC Awarded .2 Million Workforce Equity Initiative Grant

Joliet Junior College is one of 17 Illinois community colleges state-wide to receive grant funding through the Illinois Community College Board’s Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) program. The emphasis of this program is to provide workforce... Continue reading

Apprenticeship Programs Provide Workforce Solutions

The growing demand for skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing sector continues to be at the forefront of discussions among business leaders and educators. Whether it’s to fill positions due to a retiring workforce or add new positions because ... Continue reading

JJC Hosts Webinar During National Apprenticeship Week

Joliet Junior College hosted an Apprenticeship Webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 10 to 11a.m. This virtual event aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 8-14, 2020). The theme for JJC’s event was “Building... Continue reading

Manufacturing Outreach Programs Inspire Future Workforce

There continues to be a high demand for skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing sector. Despite the rewarding and technology-driven careers that are available, many students simply don’t know that such opportunities exist. This makes it... Continue reading

JJC and Illinois workNet Host Manufacturing Webinar

As part of the Manufacturing Month celebration, Joliet Junior College and Illinois workNet partnered to host a webinar to celebrate the importance of manufacturing to the local economy. The webinar was held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10a.m. and ... Continue reading

JJC Plans National Apprenticeship Week Virtual Event

Now more than ever, companies are turning to registered apprenticeship programs as a valuable workforce solution to increase their talent pipeline of skilled workers. Company representatives and business leaders from across Chicagoland are invited ... Continue reading

Celebrating Manufacturing's Importance to Local Economy

Manufacturing is essential to every aspect of our world and serves as a catalyst by creating a ripple effect that impacts other important areas, including the local economy. Take a moment to think about the products that we use on a daily basis and... Continue reading

JJC’s CDL Program Gets Students in the Driver’s Seat

When Jerica Jackson began Joliet Junior College’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program earlier this year, she was taking her career in a new direction in the transportation industry. This move meant that she would find herself in the... Continue reading

Joliet Junior College Recognizes Manufacturing Month

In the month of October, manufacturing takes center stage. The official Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), presented by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute, is held annually on the first Friday in October. To align... Continue reading

JJC Continues Customized, Onsite Training Programs

In recent months, the global pandemic has certainly impacted the operations of many companies across all industry sectors. While some businesses temporarily closed their facilities and shifted employees to working remotely, other companies that were ... Continue reading

Promise America Grant

The Calumet Area Industrial Commission was named the recipient of a million award by the U.S. Department of Labor under the America’s Promise grant initiative. CAIC is one of 23 regional workforce partnerships nationally to receive the... Continue reading

JJC's Apprentice Adapts To A New Set of Blueprints

When Andrew Schroeder signed on to be part of Joliet Junior College’s Registered Apprenticeship program in mid-February, little did he or anyone else know that the nation would soon be entering into unprecedented times due to the COVID-19... Continue reading