Betty Washington Joins JJC Board of Trustees

The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees has officially approved the appointment of Betty Washington to the board. She took the oath of office during its March 11 meeting.

Washington - oath of office
Board Chairman Bob Wunderlich
administered the oath of office to
Washington at the March 11 meeting. 

Washington, of Joliet, was selected to fill the vacancy left by Mike O’Connell, who stepped down from the board earlier this year. Washington’s term runs through April 2021.  

“I applied for the vacant position on the JJC Board of Trustees because I felt I would add another level of diversity to the board. Also, I support affordable and quality education for all students, which I believe Joliet Jr. College offers,” she said.

Washington brings administrative, communications and leadership skills to the board. She is currently a substitute teacher for Joliet Public Schools District 86. Washington retired in 2018 from Illinois Action for Children after eight years as a family resources supervisor. Prior to that, she served various roles for 30 years with AT&T, the most recent being the budget and planning manager for the company’s special networks engineering department. 

Betty Washington - medium shot
Washington's term runs through April 2021

A graduate of Lockport Township High School, Washington is a lifelong resident of District 525. She holds two degrees from the University of St. Francis; a Bachelor of Science in organizational management and Master of Science in training and development with a concentration on adult learners. She also earned a Certificate of Completion in community development and leadership from Harvard Divinity School.

“Joliet Junior College is unique in that it serves over 700,000 residents across seven counties and is the nation's first public community college. It offers vocational, pre-baccalaureate, and continuing education courses and services at affordable costs.”

Washington is an active member of several community organizations, including the NAACP, Silver Cross Health Community Commission, and the Fairmont Community Partnership Group.

She has four adult children, 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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