Student Testimonials

Jessica Lara | Orthotics and Prosthetics TechnologyJessica Lara

“The OPT program has been a wonderful experience filled with joy, fulfillment and skill work. The best part of the program is the community and sense of belonging. I would 100% recommend the program to anyone who likes working with they’re hands and love helping others.”



Lynn Haas | Culinary ArtsLynn Haas

“I started my culinary journey with the chef for the day program. My goal was to improve my culinary skills. What I love most has to be the confidence this program has given me. It has been one of the hardest and best things that I have ever done. I truly believe that JJC sets you up to succeed. Everyone has truly been very helpful and supportive. Dytra has been so helpful throughout everything. Chef Thompson, Javi, Dr. Bell, have all been very strong influences. The chefs and teachers have all been awesome. To answer the last question is difficult.  At 58 years young I don't know what direction I'm heading. I just know that my future will be in the culinary industry. ” 



Previous Testimonials

  • Bailey Weck

    Bailey WeckBailey Weck

    “I chose to come to Joliet Junior College because I wanted to stay close to home, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do in the future for a career. JJC helped me find what career I wanted to go into while being affordable. It was the best decision I made. What I love about being a JJC student is that there is so much help and guidance here at the college, and all the new friends you will make along the way. All the teachers are very educated to get you to the next level so you can be successful in your career path.”

  •  Karyna López

     Karyna LópezKaryna López

    “I love my small group of friends I made. I also loved having an instructor who believed in me so much. I made the best of it because I knew I simply wanted to be in a field where I helped others.” 

  • Daniel Webster

    Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster

    “What I like most about being a student at JJC is that it provides a space where I can be myself wholeheartedly. I was always met with an immense amount of support from everyone a part of the JJC community from the moment I first walked in. Not only that but no matter what path you choose go down, everyone is beyond encouraging and wants to see you succeed.”

  • Josh Fleming

     Josh FlemingJosh Fleming

    “My favorite part of being at JJC is getting a new family out of my baseball team and our prestigious athletic facilities. Another favorite would have to be the overwhelming number of opportunities. This is one of the few places where opportunity finds you, and all you have to do is take advantage.” 


  • Brice Hintzsche

    Brice HintzscheBrice Hintzsche

    “I captured so much out of my experience at Joliet Junior College. JJC provided me with not only education that turned into knowledge, but networking, friendships and real-world experiences. Being a part of the JJC agriculture department allowed me to acquire a diverse set of attributes that I use in everyday life.”  

  • Kira Gleason

    Kira GleasonKira Gleason

    “I loved all of my classes and the professors that I had. They really care about you and want you to succeed.”

  • Rachel Pew

    Rachel Pew
    Rachel Pew

    “The teachers I’ve had were very helpful.” 

    January 2022 spotlight

  • Danielle Elliot

    Danielle ElliotDanielle Elliot

    “JJC is an amazing school with an unbeatable price. The campus is stunning too, so make sure to spend some time outside! Use your gen eds to take classes you would have never considered and expand your thinking.”

    December 2021 spotlight

  • Cleavon Bailey

    Cleavon BaileyCleavon Bailey

    “I chose to attend JJC mainly due to its close proximity to home. Additionally, JJC gives me the flexibility to create a schedule that works best for me.”  

    January 2022 spotlight


  • Delyn Marshall 

    Delyn Marshall Delyn Marshall

    “Joliet Junior College helped me settle into the career that I have today. Not only did JJC provide a smooth transition to a university, but I find myself applying the skills I learned at JJC to my job each and every day."

    December 2021 spotlight

  • Blanca Castro

    Blanca Castro Blanca Castro

    “In 2016, I received the wonderful news that I was selected as one of the recipients for the President’s Scholarship for Returning Adult Students founded by Dr. Judy Mitchell. Being one of the recipients of this scholarship positively impacted my life in two important aspects, economically and emotionally. It helped ease the economic stress of my tuition expenses so that I could focus on doing my best in my classes; it also changed the way that I saw myself because being selected among many outstanding students showed me that someone believed in my potential to succeed.”

    November 2021 spotlight

  • Michael Shannon

    Michael Shannon Michael Shannon

    "Winning Chef of the Year was both a rewarding and validating experience. I could not be more grateful for the knowledge I acquired from the wonderful instructors at Joliet Junior College. They laid the solid foundation that helped me grow into the chef that I am today."  

    November 2021 spotlight

  • Benyamin Bamburac

    Benyamin Bamburac Benyamin Bamburac

    “JJC is a great place for everyone who is interested in early childhood education, with many programs and many people that help beyond their job description.”

    October 2021 spotlight


  • Tiffany Jahiri 

    Tiffany Jahiri Tiffany Jahiri

    “The staff made me feel like family. They made me feel like I was important and the relief it gave me was everything I needed to gain back the confidence that I can do this.”

    October 2021 spotlight


  • Alana Phillips

    Alana PhillipsAlana Phillips

    “My JJC experience has been one to remember. I have made a ton of new friends and reconnected with old friends. Being close to home was one of the many things that made JJC even more appealing when I was looking at schools.”

    September 2021 spotlight

  • Ali Kazmi 

    Ali Kazmi Ali Kazmi

    “My journey at JJC began in 2016 when I started the GED prep program. I moved to the United States when I was a junior in high school, and I was unable to finish. With the help of the GED classes taught by some amazing teachers, I was able to pass my GED with honors, and in the fall of 2016, I started my college classes. I am grateful for the opportunities I have received at JJC. Being an immigrant, I often felt like an outsider, especially during the 2016 political climate. When immigrants were vilified through bigoted rhetoric and political policies, I was lucky to have Professor Brattoli as my English professor, who always made me feel welcome and deserving to be in the U.S. Being at JJC allowed me to take my time to find my calling to help people.”

    September 2021 spotlight

  • Maria Provenzano

    Maria ProvenzanoRachael Fox

    "Joliet Junior College has been an extremely helpful stepping stone during the process of transferring to a four-year university and achieving my associate degree. While taking classes here at JJC I was able to excel academically and athletically with the help of my caring and supportive professors, coaches and other faculty members. I am thankful for all the people I have met and the journey I have had at JJC."

    August 2021 spotlight

  • Emilio Espinosa

    Emilio EspinosaSelene Rodriguez-Venegas

    “JJC has brought me so many great friends and opportunities! It has also taught me some important life lessons that I can’t wait to apply in life after JJC. This is truly my home away from home!”

    August 2021 spotlight


  • Nick Katello | Automotive

    Nick Katello - AutomotiveSelene Rodriguez-Venegas

    “Going to JJC, I feel that this was the right career path for me. All the professors are extremely helpful in every way. Without their countless hours of helping and mentoring the students, we would not be where we are today."

    July 2021 spotlight

  • Janet Lopez

    Janet LopezRachael Fox

    “As an adult student, this is the first time I’ve taken classes in more than 15 years. Although it has not been easy – my three children have been witness to the sacrifices I’ve made, especially during the pandemic – I have continued with my studies and am proud to have a 4.0 GPA. One thing I have learned is that hard work pays off. I received a scholarship through the JJC Foundation at a time when I needed it most. My husband is the only working provider for our family and scholarships ensure I am staying on track to continue my studies. I am grateful for individuals that give to the foundation to make my education possible. Attending JJC is the best choice that I could have ever made.”

    July 2021 spotlight

  • Selene Rodriguez-Venegas

    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."

    June 2021 spotlight


  • Rachael Fox | Nursing

    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.”

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    June 2021 spotlight