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Career Training


Career training programs are perfect for the student who is looking to move into a job as quickly as possible.

Many of the non-credit career training options offered by Corporate & Community Services can be completed in only a few months! We focus on fast-growing professions in health care, real estate, technology and transportation.

Quality Instruction

We utilize experienced and licensed instructors to teach our hands-on classes. Our schedules keep your busy lives in mind as most of our classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends.

Affordable Fees

Our registration fees are budget-friendly and often include the cost of textbooks and supplies. Financial assistance is even available for eligible students in some programs.

Spring 2023 Community & Continuing Education Catalog

Computer Technology Career Training

  • Computer Technician Training

    Computer Technician (CompTIA A+) (MGT 4501)

    This program will build upon students' existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer software and hardware in order to present fundamental concepts and techniques that technicians use every day on the job. Upon completing this course, students will gain the essential skills and technical expertise necessary to install, upgrade, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, repair and perform preventative maintenance on basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ (Core 1 and Core 2) Certification exams. Students are eligible for an optional externship with a local employer after successful course completion. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old. The registration fee is $2,699.

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Saturdays, Jan. 24-May 6 | See below for times | Main Campus
    (No class April 8)

    Please note: Tuesday classes will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. while Saturday classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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  • XR Development and Design

    Joliet Junior College is partnering with Circuit Stream to offer online programs in extended reality (XR) development and design.

    XR Development with Unity

    This 10-week, beginner-friendly online program is designed for anyone wanting to explore the rapidly growing field of extended reality technologies and development. You will learn to create augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications using Unity, C# and industry-standard tools for developing extended reality (XR) applications. This course covers the foundational skills in XR development and design, while simultaneously emphasizing the opportunity to get hands-on experience and prove your competency in those skills. You will build seven real-world projects, along with your own personal project. Basic computer literacy skills are necessary for a successful learning process, including file management, basic setup, common OS troubleshooting and installing software (Windows, macOS or Linux). Upon completion of the course, you will receive a non-credit Certificate of Completion and a Digital Micro-Credential from Joliet Junior College and Circuit Stream. 

    The next course begins Thursday, March 2. Cost of the course varies from $3,555 to $4,950, depending on when you register and what you would like included. For more information about the course and registration, click the button below or email jjc@xrcourse.com

    INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

    Interaction Design & Prototyping for XR

    This 10-week, beginner-friendly online course is designed for anyone wanting to work with immersive technologies. You will explore how to design new experiences for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies and be equipped with the best practices as well as a fundamental toolbox to create intuitive and immersive user interfaces. The course will cover a range of topics, such as best user experience (UX) and usability practices, visual design, prototyping and VR interactions while giving the theory behind extended reality (XR) development. Basic computer literacy skills are necessary for a successful learning process, including file management, basic setup, common OS troubleshooting and installing software (Windows, macOS or Linux). Upon completion of the course, you will receive a non-credit Certificate of Completion and a Digital Micro-Credential from Joliet Junior College and Circuit Stream. 

    The next course begins Wednesday, March 8. Cost of the course varies from $3,555 to $4,950, depending on when you register and what you would like included. For more information about the course and registration, click the button below or email jjc@xrcourse.com.

    INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

Healthcare Career Training

  • Dental Assistant Training

    Free Information Session

    The need for dental assistants is growing at more than 10 percent per year. This one-hour, free information session provides an overview of the dental Industry and a career as a dental assistant. You’ll also learn more about the curriculum, externship and options for certification. 

    Spring | Monday, Jan. 30 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus

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    Dental Assistant (MGT 818)

    Prepare for an entry-level position in one of the fastest growing health care professions – dental assisting. This course will familiarize you with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting, focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. Administrative topics include the history of dentistry and dental assisting, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, policies and guidelines. Clinical aspects include an introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental handpieces, sterilization and more. After successful completion of the classroom portion, you have the option of completing a 40-hour clinical externship. The registration fee is $1,399. Includes textbooks and supplies. Costs not included: AHA BLS CPR Certification, health and safety requirements needed before clinical externship, certification exams. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, and at least 18 years old. 

    Spring T1 | Mondays & Wednesdays, Feb. 27-April 19 | 6-9:45 p.m. | Main Campus

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  • EKG Technician Training

    Free Information Session

    EKG training is one of the quickest routes to a career in allied healthcare. This one-hour, free information session provides details about a career as an EKG technician. You’ll learn more about the curriculum, externship and options for certification.

    Spring | Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus

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    EKG Technician

    With an aging population, the need for health care services has grown. EKG technicians conduct tests on patients for diagnostic purposes. In the 60-hour classroom portion of this program, you’ll explore the anatomy and physiology of the heart and techniques for performing a 12-lead EKG. You’ll learn to identify rhythms and rhythm abnormalities and how cardiac medications affect an EKG. You’ll also become familiar with recordkeeping, patient confidentiality and administrative tasks. Students are encouraged to write for national certification with Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old, Adult Basic Learning Examination. The registration fee is $995. Costs not included: textbook.

    Spring T1 | Mondays & Wednesdays, March 6-May 1 | 6-9:45 p.m.
    (No class April 17)

    Students will be provided a link for registration after completing the prerequisite testing and being accepted into the program. 

  • Medical Coding Training

    Free Information Session

    The growing health care industry requires knowledgeable coders. This one-hour, free information session provides an overview of the intense curriculum needed to be successful at certification while highlighting the many benefits that a career in medical coding has to offer.

    Spring | Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus

    Medical Coding (MGT 910)

    Earn a medical coding certificate and prepare to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam. Rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures that will be required by our aging population, as well as increasingly complex insurance and governmental regulations, will generate employment growth in this field. Job opportunities are predicted in physicians’ offices, home health care services and outpatient care centers. Joliet Junior College has partnered with the Frankfort Chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to offer this intensive course, which requires at least 10-12 hours of work outside of the classroom. Topics include medical terminology, ICD coding, CPT coding and much more. This unique partnership offers hands-on training and access to a network of other certified medical coders. The exam is given on the last day of the class at JJC. This class meets the requirements to exempt you from one year of on-the-job training needed to satisfy the AAPC apprenticeship obligation on your certification. The registration fee is $2,495. Includes textbook, AAPC membership, AAPC licensing exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old.

    Spring T1 | Wednesdays & Saturdays, Jan. 25-May 17 | See below for times | Main Campus
    (No class April 8)

    Please note: Wednesday classes meet from 6-9 p.m. Saturday classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon.

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    Wages & Employment Outlook

    For updated information about Wages & Employment Outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

  • Pharmacy Technician Training

    Pharmacy Technician (MGT 5190)

    This comprehensive, 50-hour program will prepare students to work in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. Course includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs," I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. This program meets the necessary requirement to take the Pharmacy Technician Certified Board (PTCB) -- Certified Pharmacy Technician exam. As part of the program, you will be eligible to participate in an 80-hour clinical externship. Price includes textbooks and supplies. Costs not included: PTCB certification exam and health and safety requirements. Prerequisite: high school diploma and GED equivalent, at least 18 years old. Cost of course is $1,499.

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb. 28-April 18 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Main Campus

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  • Phlebotomy Technician Training

    Free Information Session

    The health care industry is consistently in need of phlebotomists. This one-hour, free information session provides information about a career in phlebotomy and an overview of the non-credit program.

    Summer | Tuesday, April 4 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus

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    Phlebotomy Technician Training

    Prepare for a career as a phlebotomy technician. This 60-hour course will consist of lectures, discussions, skills practice and tests, written exams and a clinical experience to provide students adequate preparation to be hired as an entry-level phlebotomist. Lab time will be provided during each class allowing students to develop skills in venipuncture and skin puncture techniques as well as specimen processing. A supervised, 120-hour clinical experience allows students an opportunity to further develop the competencies needed to become a phlebotomist. Successful completion of the classroom and clinical experience provides eligibility to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam. Registration fee is $1,500. Costs not included: textbook, AHA BLS CPR certification, health and safety requirements needed before clinical externship, certification exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old, Adult Basic Learning Examination. 

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 | 5-9 p.m. | Main Campus

    Students are registered after completing the prerequisite testing and being accepted into the program.

  • Physical Therapy Aide Training

    Physical Therapy Aide (MGT 7977)

    Physical therapy has become an integral part of total patient care and rehabilitation. Physical therapy aides work in nursing homes, orthopedic and chiropractic offices, hospitals, sports rehabilitation centers and more. In this comprehensive, 70-hour program, students will learn to provide patient services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist that help improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Students will also explore nontechnical duties like preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, performing clerical duties and transporting patients. After successfully completing the classroom portion of this course, students are eligible for a 40-hour clinical externship. After completing the class and externship, students are eligible to take the National Workshop Career Association Physical Therapy Aide Exam. Registration fee is $1,499. Costs not included: AHA BLS CPR Certification, health and safety requirements needed before clinical externship, certification exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old.

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb. 28-May 4 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Main Campus

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Process Operations Technology Career Training

  • Process Operator Technician Training

    Process Operator Technician

    Switch to a career with a future and train to work in process operations technology. You'll gain the fundamental skills needed to work as a process technician in this fast-track program that prepares you for the job market in four to-five months. After gaining a foundation in math, chemistry and physics, you'll be provided basic skills in electrical, motors, instrumentation, pumps, furnaces/heaters, plant systems, refrigeration, cooling towers and much, much more. The registration fee is $2,600. Includes textbooks and materials. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old and Adult Basic Learning Examination. 

    Students are registered after completing the prerequisite testing and being accepted into the program.

    For More Information

    Call 815.280.1555 or email processoperator@jjc.edu

    PROGRAM BROCHURE

    Course Fees

    The course fee is $2,600. There are no additional charges for books or supplies.

    Financial Assistance

    You can take advantage of the Workforce Investment Act. Contact your local job service office to see if you qualify for Workforce Investment funds.

Real Estate Career Training

  • Home Inspection Training

    Home Inspection Training (BG 650)

    This is the first step to obtain an Illinois home inspector license. This program is great if you want to learn what the home inspectors know. It is not just for those seeking a home inspector license. Real estate brokers, investors and anyone wanting to know more about building construction, building science and just plain figuring things out will want to take this class. Topics include the physical systems and components of a home, communication skills, Illinois law, knowledge of professional practices, as well as what may go wrong and the cause and implications of the problems that result. Our instructor is a veteran licensed home inspector and active member of the Illinois Association of Home Inspectors. In addition to taking this class, applicants must complete five field events hosted by our instructors and pass the Home Inspection State Licensing Exam before they are eligible for a license in the state of Illinois. Email access and an internet connection are required. The online portion of the class is self-paced. The in-person field events need to be scheduled through the instructor because seats are limited. Each field event lasts around 3 hours. Field events occur at least once a month throughout the state of Illinois. The course fee is $250. Costs not included: field events, state exam and license. 

    Spring T1 | Dates and times vary | Hybrid

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    Resources

  • Real Estate Training

    Free Information Webinar

    Start your career in real estate! This one-hour, free webinar answers many questions first-time real estate students have about getting their license. Review classes needed and exam requirements while discovering the many benefits that a career in real estate has to offer.

    Spring | Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 6-7 p.m. | Webinar

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    Real Estate Broker Pre-License (MGT 4300)

    Complete this introductory 60-hour webinar course, plus the 15-hour Advanced Real Estate Principles Course (MGT 4310), to qualify and prepare for the Illinois Real Estate Broker License state examination. All required topics are covered, including license law, real property, agency, seller and buyer relationships, state and federal laws, marketing, market analysis, appraisal and contracts. Registration fee is $800. Includes textbook. Costs not included: MGT 4310 and licensing exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old. Cost of course is $800.

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb. 28-April 20 | 6-9:45 p.m. | Webinar

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    Real Estate Broker Pre-License - Online (MGT 4305)

    Complete this introductory 60-hour online course, plus the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles Course (MGT 4310), to qualify and prepare for the Illinois Real Estate Broker License state examination. All required topics are covered within our online learning management system, including: license law, real property, agency, seller and buyer relationships, state and federal laws, marketing, market analysis, appraisal and contracts. NOTE: This class includes a complete, self-guided, online course, with virtual instructor support. Registration fee is $800. Includes textbook. Costs not included: MGT 4310, licensing exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old. Cost of course is $800.

    Spring T1 | Feb. 28-April 20 | Online

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    Applied Real Estate Principles (MGT 4310)

    Complete this 15-hour course, plus the 60-hour Real Estate Broker Pre-License Course (MGT 4300 or MGT 4305), to qualify and prepare for the Illinois Real Estate Broker License state examination. Apply what you’ve learned in the introductory course through case studies and role playing activities. All required topics are covered, including: listing presentations, buyer representations, purchase agreements, negotiating, closing costs and antitrust. Registration fee is $250. Includes textbook. Costs not included: MGT 4300/4305, licensing exam. Prerequisite: high school diploma or GED equivalent, at least 18 years old. Cost of course is $250.

    Spring T1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 25-May 4 | 6-9:45 p.m. | Webinar

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Transportation & Logistics Career Training

  • CDL A Training

    Commercial Driver's License - Class A (CDL 101)

    Designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience, this program includes everything you need to receive a Commercial Driver’s License. You will receive a Department of Transportation physical, Commercial Driver’s License learner’s permit and endorsement preparation as well as Department of Transportation rules and regulations, log books, instruction in map reading and trip planning, and complete vehicle training to prepare you for an entry-level position in the trucking industry. In addition, the program includes the Class A Road Test, which is administered by the Secretary of State. A minimum of 160 hours of instruction is required. Training is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students are required to take a physical/drug screening test.

    For More Information

    For more information or to register, call 815.280.6902 or email CDLinfo@jjc.edu.

    Classroom (40 Hours)

    • Orientation
    • CDL Permit Study
    • Endorsement Study
    • Job Procurement
    • Log Book, Hours of Service
    • Map Reading, Trip Planning
    • DOT Regulations
    • Hazard Perception
    • Night Operations
    • Extreme Driving Conditions
    • Railroad Crossing Safety
    • Accident Reports
    • Double Trailers

     

    Yard & Road Skills (120 Hours)

    • Pre-trip Inspection
    • Couple/Uncouple
    • Straight Backing
    • Offset Backing
    • Parallel Parking
    • Shifting
    • Double Clutching
    • Turns
    • Hazard Perception
    • Uphill/Downhill
    • Ramps
    • Lane Changes
    • Space Management
    • Secretary of State Class A Skill Test

     

    Class Schedule

    Full-time day classes start every Monday.

    Course Fee

    The course fee is $4,995. Check, money order, MasterCard, Visa will be accepted. There are no additional charges for books or supplies. The Class A licensing fee, drug screening and physical examination is included in the registration fee.

    Financial Assistance

    You can take advantage of the Workforce Investment Act. Contact your local job service office to see if you qualify for Workforce Investment funds.

    Refund Policy

    To receive a refund (less any expense incurred), a student must withdraw, in writing, by the end of the second day of class.

    Wages & Employment Outlook

    For updated information about Wages & Employment Outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

  • CDL B Training

    Pre-Hire Event

    In order to participate in the CDL B training, students must attend the Pre-Hire Event where they will meet with representatives from Pace, learn more about the program and begin the screening process, which includes application completion, an assessment questionnaire and a background check. All candidates must bring a valid Illinois driver's license and a DMV or Secretary of State Motor Vehicle Report (also called 'Driving Record Abstract' in Illinois) with no more than two infractions or tickets in the last five years.

    Spring T1 | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Main Campus

    Although the Pre-Hire Event has passed for the current round of classes, candidates may indicate their interest by completing the registration form.

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    Commercial Driver's License CDL - Class B

    Developed in partnership with Pace Suburban Bus, students will gain an understanding of the current laws, rules and regulations that govern the operation of a Class B Commercial Motor Vehicle. This course provides students with the tools and resources needed to sit for and pass the examinations to obtain an Illinois Secretary of State Class B Commercial Driver's License. Upon successful passage of the examination at the end of the two-week course, students will continue their training as employees of Pace. Participants must be 21 years old, have a valid Illinois driver's license and obtain a court-ordered Motor Vehicle Report (also called a Driving Record Abstract) with a good driving record for the last five years. The cost of the MVR is $12, but Pace covers all other costs associated with training, making the program free for participants.

    Spring T1 | Monday-Friday | Feb. 20 - March 3 | Weitendorf

  • Forklift Training

    Forklift Training & Certification (FORK 100)

    Experience drive time on various forklifts including the Walkie Rider, Sit Down and Narrow Aisle/Stand Up and earn the National Safety Council Certification for Industrial Lift Trucks. The Joliet Junior College district has become a distribution center for the Midwest in the last decade. Local warehouses and distribution centers offer numerous job openings for trained industrial truck drivers. The powered industrial truck, commonly referred to as the forklift, is used in every distribution center, major retail store and manufacturing facility. Registration fee is $849. Includes textbook and certification. Prerequisite: at least 18 years old.

    Spring T1 | Monday-Thursday | Feb.13-16 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Weitendorf
    Spring T2 | Monday-Thursday | April 24-27 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Weitendorf

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    Wages & Employment Outlook

    For updated information about Wages & Employment Outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Online Career Training

Corporate & Community Services partners with educational providers to offer online training programs. This allows you to start your new career on your own time from your own home.

For More Information

Please contact Training Coordinator Kira Gleason at (815) 280-1423 or email kgleason@jjc.edu.

Additional Information

  • Career Training Scholarships

    Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Scholarships

    The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act provide scholarships for those who meet eligibility guidelines based on income and/or unemployment.

    Qualifying Programs at Joliet Junior College

    • Commercial Driver's License
    • Dental Assistant
    • EKG Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Phlebotomy Technician
    • Process Operator Technician
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    For More Information

    Contact your county Workforce Development Office:

    • Will County: 815.280.1526
    • Grundy County: 815.942.0566

  • Contact Us

    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding our career training programs. We are here to help!

    Corporate & Community Services at Joliet Junior College

    815.280.1555

    Kira Gleason

    Training Coordinator
    815.280.1423
    kgleason@jjc.edu

  • COVID-19 Update

    In the event of important deadlines or class dates changing due to COVID-19, please visit JJC's COVID FAQ page for the most up-to-date information. All continuing education courses will follow JJC's COVID-19 precautions.

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    Joliet Junior College reserves the right to photograph or film program participants. Photos and recordings are for college use only and may be used in college publicity materials and social media. Please notify programming staff if you do not wish to be photographed or filmed.

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