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Career Training

Learn the skills needed to move quickly into a full-time career.

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. 

SUMMER 2024 COMMUNITY & CONTINUING EDUCATION CATALOG

Career Exploration Classes

  • Career Exploration Day (LLC 1284)

    Career Exploration Day (LLC 1284)

    For ages 13-17.

    This immersive and interactive event is designed for 13- to 17-year-olds to explore a wide array of career options in various fields. Through engaging workshops, a lunch and learn, campus tours and insightful discussions, participants will gain valuable insights into professions such as architecture, welding, automotive, veterinary technology, construction management, nursing, electrical, culinary arts and more! Lunch will be provided.

    Summer | Tuesday, June 11 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Main Campus | $59

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  • Architecture Career Exploration

    Becoming an Architect (MGT 4006)

    The buildings and structures around us have an incredible impact on our lives. Every day we live, attend school, work, worship and even play in these buildings. Architects design these structures keeping both art and science in mind as they blend beauty with functions and safety. Please join us for a lecture/discussion exploring architecture and what it takes to become an architect. Topics include the required skills, education, experience, internship, professional practice and alternative careers. For ages 15 and up.

    Summer | Wednesday, July 10 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Main Campus | $49

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  • Automotive Career Exploration

    Automotive Service Technician Basics (MGT 2300)

    Have you ever thought about a career in the field of automotive technology? This seminar is an opportunity to learn about essential car care and maintenance procedures as well as the latest in automotive technology. Learn what basic maintenance checks a professional automotive service technician performs on a vehicle such as checking fluid levels, fan belts and wiper blades, checking tire pressures, changing a tire and inspecting the brakes. A demonstration of current PC-based repair equipment is also included as well as how to use a professional service information system. Finally, learn about the different career opportunities that are available through the field of automotive technology. For ages 15 and up.

    Summer | Wednesday, June 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Main Campus | $49

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  • Veterinary Technology Career Exploration

    Introduction to Veterinary Careers (MGT 3404)

    This course is designed to explore the many opportunities available to students who are thinking about pursuing a degree in veterinary-related careers, such as small animal medicine, large animal medicine, research, exotic animals, wildlife rehabilitation and education. This course is taught by a licensed veterinary technician. For ages 15 and up.

    Summer | Monday, June 24 | 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Main Campus | $39

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  • Voiceover Industry Career Exploration

    Introduction to Voiceovers - One On One (Online) (LLC 4806)

    "Wow, you have a great voice!" Have you heard that more times than you can count? Or maybe you listen to your favorite audiobooks, commercials or cartoon characters and think, "I could do that!" If so, then you could have what it takes to begin working as a professional voiceover artist. Explore the voiceover industry with your instructor, a professional, working voice actor from Voices For All, in a one-on-one, personalized video chat setting. Discover the current trends in the industry and how easy and affordable it is for just about anyone to get involved. In this one-time, 90-minute introductory class, you'll also learn about the different types of voiceovers and the tools needed to find success. Your instructor will record you as you read a real script, then offer you some coaching so you can improve your delivery, taking notes on your performance so you receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. Get a better sense of how the class works at voicesforall.com/ooo. For ages 18 and up. Requirements: Students must have either internet access or video chatting capabilities using a method such as Skype (for PC/Mac users) or iChat/FaceTime (for Mac users).

    Online | $44

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Dispensary & Cannabis Industry Career Training

  • Cannabis Cultivation Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Joliet Junior College is partnering with Green Flower to offer online programs in dispensary and cannabis industry career training.

    Cannabis Cultivation Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Get empowered with the knowledge and skills needed to become a respected and in-demand cannabis cultivation professional. Our 9-week online program offers a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis industry and cultivation best practices. The program features a diverse range of learning resources, including engaging video lectures, informative readings and interactive e-learning modules that equip you with the requisite skills and knowledge to excel in the thriving cannabis cultivation industry. Upon completion, you'll have the credibility and knowledge necessary to establish a successful career in cannabis cultivation, work in indoor or outdoor grow operations, or even launch your own cultivation business. Cost of the course is $750. Payment plans available. For more information and registration, visit cannabis.jjc.edu.

    Summer T1 | June 17 - Aug. 16 | Online | $750
    Summer T2 | Aug. 5 - Oct. 4 | Online | $750  

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  • Cannabis Extraction and Product Development Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Joliet Junior College is partnering with Green Flower to offer online programs in dispensary and cannabis industry career training.

    Cannabis Extraction and Product Development Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Get the knowledge and credibility needed to pursue a career in cannabis extraction, developing and manufacturing cannabis products or even starting your own cannabis brand. Our 9-week online program aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a highly regarded and sought-after cannabis professional. With a focus on developing and manufacturing various cannabis products, including edibles, tinctures and topicals, this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis supply chain and foundational skills required to excel in the industry. Cost of the course is $750. Payment plans available. For more information about the course and registration, visit cannabis.jjc.edu

    Summer T1 | June 17 - Aug. 16 | Online | $750
    Summer T2 | Aug. 5 - Oct. 4 | Online | $750

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  • Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Joliet Junior College is partnering with Green Flower to offer online programs in dispensary and cannabis industry career training.

    Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate (Online)

    Get equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, in-demand cannabis retail professional. Delivered through a blend of engaging video lectures, comprehensive readings and interactive e-learning modules, our 9-week online program is exclusively taught by distinguished industry experts and operators. This program is designed to equip you with the fundamental knowledge of the cannabis supply chain, as well as the essential skills to succeed in the cannabis retail environment. By completing this program, you'll acquire the credibility and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in cannabis retail, work in a dispensary or even start you own dispensary. Cost of the course $750. Payment plans available. For more information and registration, visit cannabis.jjc.edu.

    Summer T1 | June 17 - Aug. 16 | Online | $750
    Summer T2 | Aug. 5 - Oct. 4 | Online | $750

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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. 

    Summer | Monday, May 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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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. 

    Summer | Mondays & Wednesdays, June 10-Aug. 5 | 6-9:45 p.m. | Main Campus | $1,399

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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.

    Summer | Monday, April 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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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. Costs not included: textbook.

    Summer | Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, May 20-June 27 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | $999

    Students will register after completing the prerequisite testing and being accepted into the program. 

  • Pharmacy Technician Training

    Free Information Session

    Learn about the pharmacy industry, the program's curriculum, the clinical externship and certification. 

    Summer | Tuesday, May 21 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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    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. 

    Summer | Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 18-Aug. 8| 6-9:30 p.m. | Main Campus | $1,499
    (No class July 4)

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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.

    For Fall Semester | Tuesday, June 25 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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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. 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. 

    Summer | Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 7-June 25 | 5-9 p.m. | Main Campus | $1,699 

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

Process Operations Technology Career Training

  • Process Operator Technician Training

    Free Information Session

    This one-hour session provides information about a career in process operations technology and just how quickly students can complete training.

    For Fall Semester | Tuesday, June 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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    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.

    New Scholarships Now Available!

    Contact Training Coordinator Kira Gleason at (815) 280-1423 or email kgleason@jjc.edu for details.

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. 

    Ssummer | Dates and times vary | Hybrid

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    Resources

  • Housing Counseling Training

    NEW FOR FALL 2024!

    Housing Counseling

    Housing counselors play a vital role in helping people achieve their housing goals, and housing counseling agencies in Illinois and across the nation are hiring now. Housing counselors work directly with families and individuals to help them improve their finances, rent an apartment, navigate the homebuying process, and more. Join our career path, training to learn what you need to start your housing counseling career and prepare for the HUD Individual Certification Exam, which qualifies you for hire by a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.

    Registration opens Wednesday, July 31.

  • Real Estate Training

    Free Information Session

    Start your career in real estate! This one-hour, free information 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.

    Summer | Tuesday, May 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Webinar | Free

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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. 

    Summer | Saturdays, June 8-July 27 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Webinar | $799

    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. 

    Summer | June 6-July 27 | Online | $799

    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. 

    Summer | Saturdays, Aug. 3 & 10 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Webinar | $249

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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 $5,195. 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.

    Summer | Wednesday, June 26 | 6-9 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

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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 $20, but Pace covers all other costs associated with training, making the program free for participants.

    Summer | Monday-Friday, July 22-Aug. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Main Campus | Free

    Students are registered after they have attended the Pre-Hire Event and completed the screening process.

  • 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. Includes textbook and certification. Prerequisite: at least 18 years old.

    Summer | Monday-Thursday | July 29-Aug. 1 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Weitendorf | $849

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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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