Workforce & Training

If you aren’t looking to earn college credit, but instead want to either prepare for the GED, learn English as a second language or find a hands-on, non-credit career training program like truck driving, forklift driving, dental assisting and more, this pathway is for you.

Some highlights include:

  • Basic skills prep, college transition assistance, personal ESL tutors and classes to prepare you for the citizenship test
  • Many career prep programs for the community, including “Connect to Your Future,” which provides free training in high growth, high demand occupations to individuals ages 18 to 24
  • Continuing education and lifelong learning classes for kids, teens and adults in subject areas like photography, meditation, cooking, crafts, history and more

Workforce Development

JJC's Workforce Development program offers programs and services throughout the community and at every JJC campus location.

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    Services include:

    • FREE occupational skills training, career assessments, one-on-one and small group mentoring and academic advising, work readiness workshops, and placement into employment
    • Career scholarships are available to Will and Grundy County residents who meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility guidelines

    Programs include:

    Connect to Your Future (Will County)
    This WIOA-funded program offers 18 to 24-year-olds low-cost training in local, in-demand fields. Scholarships are available and academic advising, work readiness workshops, paid internships and other supportive services are provided for free.

    My Future Program (Grundy County)
    This program helps 17 to 24-year-olds gain workforce skills through paid internships, short-term job training, job shadowing and leadership workshops. 

    Grundy Workforce Services 
    Available to Grundy County adults of all ages, this program offers career scholarships that meet WIOA eligibility guidelines. Career development workshops and business services are provided. 

    College/Career Transition Services
    Trained advisors will assist students as they make the transition from adult education classes to either college-level courses, a new job or the military.

    Bridge Program
    Bridge classes give you an opportunity to learn new workplace skills. While the program itself does not lead to a career, it prepares students to be successful in college-level courses. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for a college scholarship.

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    Contact Information

    Director of Workforce Development

    Dain Meza-Gotto
    Phone: (815) 280-1206

    Workforce Development 

    City Center Campus
    235 N. Chicago Street
    Joliet, IL 60432
    Phone: (815) 280-1526

    Grundy Workforce Services

    Morris Education Center
    725 School Street, Door 27
    Morris, IL 60450
    Phone: (815) 942-0566

Business & Industry Training

Continuing Education

Community members can take just-for-fun, special interest non-credit classes at JJC. Continuing education classes also encompass business training, professional development and more.

Adult Education & Literacy

From English as a Second Language classes to prep classes for the GED, Adult Education & Literacy offers a variety of programs and services to benefit those in our community.

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    Programs include:

    High School Equivalency
    Students can take classes to prepare for the high school equivalency test (such as the GED, HiSET or TASC). Classes are formatted to meet the personal and unique needs of each student.

    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    English language learners can take classes for academic, professional or personal purposes. Classes are designed for adults.

    Adult Volunteer Literacy Program
    Adults can receive free tutoring for reading, math and English literacy. This service is provided by certified volunteer tutors at JJC campuses and throughout the community in the morning, afternoon or evening. 

    Early School Leavers Transition Program (ESLTP)
    Students who are age 16 or older can earn their high school diploma through JJC academic credit recovery courses.

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    Contact Information
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy

    City Center Campus, Room 3019
    235 N. Chicago Street
    Joliet, IL 60432
    Phone: (815) 280-1333