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Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center

Joliet Junior College opened the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center in June 2007 on 32 acres of land donated by John H. Weitendorf, Sr. a 1942 alumnus. While the center's primary focus is to enhance educational opportunities within the College and serve as an event location for the Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences Department, the center is available for outside groups and could be an ideal location for your next meeting, event, competition, class, or show.

Please visit the links below for the career training and lifelong learning opportunities offered by Joliet Junior College at this Education Center.  You will also see a listing of outside events being held at the center.  The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center provides comfortable and convenient amenities with modern technology, welcoming groups from five to 500.

  • Four meeting/class rooms (which may be opened up into two larger rooms)
  • Internet access (free WiFi available)
  • Projectors, sound systems, and other audio/visual equipment
  • 10,000 square foot arena
  • 6,500 square foot exhibit hall which may be set up as a meeting/presentation/eating area
  • Livestock holding wing
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Livestock gates, auction block, and indoor wash racks

For more information about rental rates at this location, visit the links below. To check availability, please contact Mary Grisham at (815) 280-6900 or e-mail weitendorfevents@jjc.edu.

For information about space rental at the Main Campus, please contact Susan Stockwell at 815-280-2524 or sstockwe@jjc.edu.

View pictures of events (PDF) held in these spaces in the past.

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  • Event Spaces | Catering

    Event Areas

    The center offers two large event areas: the arena at 10,000 square feet and the exhibit hall at 6,500 square feet. A livestock holding and handling wing is also available. These larger areas are not air conditioned; they are heated. Tables, chairs, a sound system, and divider curtains are available on-site. These areas provide free guest WiFi. Portable audio/visual equipment can be made available with advanced notice.

    Meeting & Classrooms

    The center offers four 32-seat classroom style meeting rooms, which can be converted into two larger meeting rooms to accommodate two groups of up to 64 guests comfortably. These meeting rooms are equipped with white boards, projection screens, data/video projectors, a podium, Internet network connection, a small sound system, and free guest WiFi.

    Catering Options

    JJC's Food Service department can assist you with catering needs at the facility. For more information visit First Choice Cuisine.

  • Rental Rates

    Rental rates do not include the cost for Campus Police coverage at $45/hour for weekend use.  Non-profit groups are eligible for a 25% discount off of rental rates.  External groups are required to submit a Facility Rental Application (PDF) after they have checked availability.  A W-9 (PDF) form and Certificate of Insurance are also required prior to the event.  External groups must adhere to the College's policy (PDF) and procedure (PDF) regarding Use of Facilities (9.01.01).



    Seats up to 32 comfortably
    600 square feet

    $85 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $150 full day over 4 hours)

    Double Classroom
    (airwall opened up)
    Seats up to 64 comfortably
    1,200 square feet

    $170 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $300 full day (over 4 hours)

    Maximum Capacity: 700
    10,000 square feet

    $400 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $500 full day (over 4 hours)

    $500 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $600 full day (over 4 hours)

    Exhibit Hall
    Maximum Capacity: 400
    6,500 square feet

    $400 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $500 full day (over 4 hours)

    $500 half day (up to 4 hours)
    $600 full day (over 4 hours)

  • Career Training, Non-Credit, & Lifelong Learning Classes




    K-9 Good Citizen (CGC) & K-9 Good Citizen Advanced Obedience (CGCA)
    (LLC 3620)

    Either 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    or 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    09/06/18 to 11/15/18
    No class 11/01

    Introduction to Upholstery
    (LLC 4257)

    Either 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    or 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    09/20/18 to 11/15/18
    No class 10/11
    Preparing Bees to Survive the Winter
    (LLC 5345)
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    Oil Painting
    Session 1:  Autumn Landscapes
    (LLC 5377)
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Oil Painting
    Session 2: Water Tower
    (LLC 5377)
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Oil Painting
    Session 3:  Waterfall
    (LLC 5377)

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Oil Painting
    Session 4: Beach Landscape
    (LLC 5377)
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Photographing Flowers (LLC 5353) Saturday
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    S.T.A.R Puppy Training (LLC 5503) Wednesday
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    09/05/18 - 11/14/18
    No class 10/31

    Log on to eResources or call 815-280-1555 to register!
    For class descriptions, visit the Community Catalog.

  • 2020 Events

    • 01/12:  4G&TB Nosework Trial
    • 02/08-02/09:  Stierwalt Cattle Fitting Clinic
    • 02/16:  4G&TB Nosework Trial
    • 02/21:  Invitational Horticulture Contest
    • 02/28:  Lifeline Screening Event
    • 03/04:  District Proficiency Contest/Awards
    • 03/07:  State Food and Vet Science Contests
    • 03/14:  Will County Beekeeping Symposium
    • 03/17-03/19:  Ag Expo
    • 03/21-03/22:  Great Dane Dog Show
    • 03/28:  Pig Sale
    • 04/04:  Invitational Livestock Judging Contest
    • 04/11-04/12:  No-Z K9 Nosework Seminar
    • 04/18:  4-H Robotics Competition
    • 04/25:  4-H Robotics Competition
    • 05/02:  Pig Show
    • 05/06:  Ag Business and Interview Contest
    • 05/09-05/10:  4G&TB Nosework Trial
    • 05/16:  Lamb Show
    • 07/08:  Farm Bureau Member Appreciation Night
    • 07/11:  4-H Summer Show/Ag Olympics
    • 08/15-08/16:  4G&TB Nosework Trial
    • 09/05-09/06:  No-Z K9 Nosework Regionals
    • 09/19-09/20:  Cat Show
    • 10/03-10/04:  Stone City Kennel Club Dog Show
    • 10/07-10/09:  IACCAI
    • 10/24-10/25:  Bernese Mountain Dog Show
    • 10/31-11/01:  No-Z K9 Nosework Trial
    • 11/04:  Ag/Hort Career Day
    • 11/14:  4-H Awards
    • 11/26-11/27:  HOLIDAY
    • 12/24-12/31:  HOLIDAY

  • 2019 Events

    • 01/08-01/09: Tri-River Police Training - Use of Force
    • 01/21: HOLIDAY
    • 01/25-01/27: 4G&TB Nosework Trials
    • 02/08: JJC Ag Purina Meeting
    • 02/19-02/10: JJC Ag Stierwalt Cattle Fitting Clinic
    • 02/18: HOLIDAY
    • 02/22: JJC Invitational Horticulture Contest
    • 03/02: FFA State Veterinary Science and Food Science Contests
    • 03/07: FFA District Proficiency Awards
    • 03/19-03/21: JJC/Will County Farm Bureau Ag Expo
    • 03/23: Will County Beekeeping Workshop
    • 03/30-03/31: Pig Sale (tentative)
    • 04/06: JJC Invitational Livestock Judging Contest
    • 04/13: 4-H Robotics Competition
    • 04/19: HOLIDAY
    • 04/27: 4-H Robotics Competitions
    • 05/01: FFA District Ag Business, Job Interview, and Ag Issues CDE
    • 05/04: Pig Show (tentative)
    • 05/18: Lamb Show
    • 05/27: HOLIDAY
    • 07/04: HOLIDAY
    • 07/11: Will County Farm Bureau Member Appreciation Night
    • 07/13: 4-H Summer Show (tentative)
    • 09/02: HOLIDAY
    • 10/05-10/06: Stone City Kennel Club Dog Show
    • 11/09: 4-H Awards Program
    • 11/11: HOLIDAY
    • 11/13: FFA District Ag Sales CDE (tentative)
    • 11/21-11/22: HOLIDAY
    • 12/24-12/31: HOLIDAY

John H. Weitendorf, Sr.

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center has been made possible through the generous donation of 32 acres of land by John H. Weitendorf, Sr., a 1942 Joliet Junior College alumnus, to the JJC Foundation in 1999. While students, faculty, and the community of Joliet Junior College enjoy this educational resource, it also serves as a reminder of John Weitendorf's generosity and the longstanding tradition of JJC alumni contributing to the educational mission of the college. Interested donors can inquire about naming opportunities at the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center by contacting Kristin Mulvey, Executive Director of the JJC Foundation, by calling (815) 280-2353 or visiting the JJC Foundation page at www.JJC.edu/giving.

  • Additional Information

    The center was conceived to enhance educational opportunities found within Joliet Junior College's Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences and Veterinary Technology Departments for faculty, students, and the Joliet community.

    Successful realization of the mission of these departments, and the community college system as a whole, requires that institutions provide the most current information and experiences to all those in need, regardless of their financial or social status. We strive to reach that realization, but are often limited by the depth of financial commitment from the public education system.

    The generosity and commitment of private companies and individuals with a common interest in the advancement of the agriculture industry will bring us closer to achieving the goals and objectives shared by all in this most important and vital field of agriculture.

    John Weitendorf dedicated his real estate business to helping area farmers secure land to pursue their dreams. Now, the center that bears his name will assist the college as it educates future generations in agriculture.

William B. Johnson Arena

Joliet Junior College dedicated the Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center's arena as the "William B. Johnson Arena" on May 24, 2018.

  • Additional Information

    The William B. Johnson Arena was dedicated on May 24, 2018 at the celebration of Bill's life. This dedication was made in memory of Bill's 50 years of teaching agricultural sciences, to honor his generous donations to the college, and to recognize the tremendous impact he had on generations of agricultural students and the agriculture community. The Fall 2018 issue of Connections considers the theme of legacy and the meaningful influence that one individual can have on generations of students, colleagues, and communities. The impact that agriculture professor Bill Johnson had on three generations of the Albrecht family over 50 years of teaching at JJC is explored in this issue. 

    The JJC Foundation has established the William B. Johnson Memorial Agriculture Scholarship. Donations toward the scholarship can be made online at www.jjc.edu/givetojjc or by check made payable to: JJC Foundation, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431.

Come Visit Us!

The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center is conveniently located 10 minutes south of downtown Joliet and I-80. We're on Laraway Road, across from the Chicagoland Speedway, about a mile and a half in from Route 53 on the west and Route 52 on the east. GPS ALERT: GPS systems will not typically find us, so please view the map on the right to assist you. If you need to put an address into your GPS system, use 1151 East Laraway Road. That's not our address, but it's our neighbor directly to the west of us. That should guide you well until you see the purple Joliet Junior College signs for our entrance. Safe travels!

  • Directions

    Map to Weitendorf (PDF)

    From the North

    I-355 South to I-80 West to Briggs Street Exit (#134), turn left (South) onto Briggs Street. Briggs Street becomes Manhattan Road/Route 52. Turn right (West) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on right (North) side of Laraway Road.

    From the South

    I-55 North to Arsenal Road Exit (#245), turn right (East) onto Arsenal Road. Turn left (North) onto Route 53. Turn right (East) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on left (North) side of Laraway Road.

    From the West

    I-80 East to Route 53 Exit (#132A), turn right (South) onto Route 53. Turn left (East) on Laraway. Entrance will be on left (North) side of Laraway Road.

    From the East

    I-80 West to Briggs Street Exit (#134), turn left (South) onto Briggs Street. Briggs Street becomes Manhattan Road/Route 52. Turn right (West) onto Laraway Road. Entrance will be on right (North) side of Laraway Road.


The Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center is located south of I-80 on Laraway Road. Exit I-80 at either Route 53 South/Exit #132-A or Briggs Street South/Exit 134. These hotels are located within 10 miles of the center:

  • Nearby Hotels

    Quality Inn & Suites, South
    (approximately 9 miles)
    135 South Larkin Avenue
    Joliet, IL 60436
    Phone: (815) 744-1770
    Quality Inn website

    Fairfield Inn, South
    (approximately 9 miles)
    1501 Riverboat Center Drive
    Joliet, IL 60436
    Phone: (815) 741-3499
    Fairfield Inn Marriott website

    Hampton Inn
    (approximately 9 miles)
    1521 Riverboat Center Drive
    Joliet, IL 60436
    Phone: (815) 725-2424
    Hampton Inn website

    Clarion Hotel Joliet Banquet and Convention Center
    (approximately 6 miles)
    411 South Larkin Avenue
    Joliet, IL 60436
    Phone: (815) 729-2000
    Clarion Hotel website

    Comfort Inn
    (approximately 9 miles)
    1520 Commerce Lane
    Joliet, IL 60431
    Phone: (815) 730-1111
    Comfort Inn website

    TownePlace Suites Joliet South
    (approximately 9 miles)
    1515 Riverboat Center Drive
    Joliet, IL 60431
    Phone: (815) 741-2400
    TownePlace Suites website

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