Student Testimonials

Kayla SielkenKayla Sielken

“I chose JJC, at first, for convenience. JJC offers evening classes, it is close to home, is affordable, and is flexible. All of this was especially helpful as I am a single mom with a teen at home. It was important to me to be able to still have time with them while restarting my education journey.” 




Sydney ReppySydney Reppy

“My most memorable experience at JJC has been my involvement as co-editor of The Blazer, JJC's student newspaper. Through this role, I have been able to make meaningful connection on campus with my peers and other JJC staff and faculty."




Previous Testimonials

  • Andrea Barrón

    Andrea BarronAndrea Barrón

    “It has been an honor being a part of the theatre program as I immersed myself with many diverse, talented people. It allowed me to take on challenging roles that helped alter the way I think as an artist and human.” 

  • Emily Reppy

    Emily ReppyEmily Reppy

    “I was able to connect with my peers in the JJC Honors Program and other clubs. These relationships grew stronger as campus returned to in-person classes and activities, allowing me to create a network at JJC.” 

  • Juell Lagonero

    Juell LagoneroJuell Lagonero

    “JJC has really helped me learn to network with other people in the college and even as a person. Networking and connecting with other people in my area is crucial because each person at the college and even in the world have different stories that I could learn from and apply to myself. I've also learned to become more involved at my college and build upon my leadership skills as well.”

  • Ivan Miller

    Ivan MillerIvan Miller

    “I chose JJC because it feels like home, and the professors here are really personable and help you with whatever you need.”

  • Iyeisha Ellis

    Iyeisha EllisIyeisha Ellis

    “What made JJC feel like the place that I belong is its sense of community. You're surrounded by so many people who want to see you achieve. I also believe that there is something here at JJC for everyone. JJC feels like home — I love it here!” 


  • Ashley Ruiz

    Ashley RuizAshley Ruiz

    “JJC makes me feel like I belong because they don’t discriminate on your age. As a young professional with small children, it was scary coming back to college. JJC never made me feel like I was 'too old' to succeed. If anything, they were more supportive of working moms.” 

    More on Ashley: Why Ashley Ruiz Belongs at JJC


  • Sabrina Johnson

    Sabrina JohnsonSabrina Johnson

    “Being an encourager and motivator to current JJC nursing students was very rewarding. I feel truly blessed to have had this experience as a nursing student. That’s when I felt I belonged to JJC.” 


  • Alejandro Bottia-Forero

    Alejandro Bottia-ForeroAlejandro Bottia-Forero

    “I always had ambitions to become a leader. When I wanted to pursue that at JJC, I felt so welcome to lead. Leaving the college, I can say that I was part of the JJC family.” 

  • David Lozano

    David LozanoDavid Lozano

    “JJC has not only given me a great education, but it has also given me opportunities to grow as a leader.” 




  • Jillian McNally

    Jillian McNallyJillian McNally

    “The idea that there are so many of my peers in the same situation makes me feel like I belong at JJC; it's the steppingstone I know will get me to where I want to be. There is a resource for every obstacle I run into. I don't have to hash everything out on my own.” 


  • Ivet Rosiles

     Ivet RosilesIvet Rosiles

    “I feel like I belong to this school because of the amount of help I get from the staff and my fellow classmates. I feel like this is my family, not just my school. JJC has helped me succeed as a student because at a point in my educational career, I wanted to give up, but my coaches and teachers helped me keep going. As a person, I have grown into a responsible woman that know what she wants to do with her life.” 

  • Katy Kuzel

    Katy KuzelKaty Kuzel

    “I loved the people and the sense of community at JJC. I always felt like I was part of a family because of how kind, welcoming and supportive everyone is. I truly felt like I belonged, and that was one of the most important things that came out of my college experience. I got to thrive at JJC, because my professors were kind enough to give me extra attention and other opportunities to allow me to grow and learn. Finally, I was able to get involved, which I was very proud of.” 

  • Krystal Morgan

    Krystal MorganKrystal Morgan

    “JJC was like an extended family in a way; I always felt welcome and well received no matter the event I attended, on campus or virtual. The staff listened to our opinions as students, adjusting accordingly so our voices felt heard.”

    More on Krystal: Morgan Family Finds Right Fit at Joliet Junior College

  • Andrew Fleisleber

    Andrew FleisleberAndrew Fleisleber

    “What I like about JJC is that it is an at-your-pace environment. I did not take the traditional college route, so it made the transition much easier. I also love JJC for the ability to go and be with nature in our beautiful natural areas and the people.” 


  •  Dawn Parks | Culinary Arts

     Dawn Parks | Culinary ArtsDawn Parks

    “I absolutely love the supportive atmosphere. My chefs and chef assistants are always willing to take the time to ensure the class clearly understands what is expected of us.”



  •  Ginger Senisais | Nursing

    Ginger Senisais | NursingGinger Senisais

    “I know that the nurses that come from JJC are spoken of very highly, and that the program strives to ensure graduates are successful.”

    More on Ginger: JJC Nursing Enhances Student Access with Amplified Stethoscopes



  • Jesse Guice

     Jesse Guice | Culinary ArtsJesse Guice

    “The supportive community of fellow students and instructors has been crucial to my success in the culinary arts program. Feeling at ease in the program makes space for a creative and intellectually stimulating learning environment.” 


  • Nalia Warmack

    Nalia Warmack | Culinary ArtsNatalia Warmack

    “I have been supported by and have learned something from all the instructors and chefs in the department throughout my culinary journey — whether I have had them teach one of my classes or from just working with them in passing. In addition, the lab assistants I have had a pleasure to work under and alongside have taught me a great deal as well. In the three years I have been at JJC, the whole culinary department has kind of become my second family so I owe them a lot."

  • Jessica Lara | Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology

    Jessica LaraJessica Lara | Orthotics and Prosthetics Technology

    “The OPT program has been a wonderful experience filled with joy, fulfillment and skill work. The best part of the program is the community and sense of belonging. I would 100% recommend the program to anyone who likes working with they’re hands and love helping others.”

    July 2022 spotlight

  • Lynn Haas | Culinary Arts

    Lynn Haas | Culinary ArtsLynn Haas

    “I started my culinary journey with the chef for the day program. My goal was to improve my culinary skills. What I love most has to be the confidence this program has given me. It has been one of the hardest and best things that I have ever done. I truly believe that JJC sets you up to succeed. Everyone has truly been very helpful and supportive. Dytra has been so helpful throughout everything. Chef Thompson, Javi, Dr. Bell, have all been very strong influences. The chefs and teachers have all been awesome. To answer the last question is difficult.  At 58 years young I don't know what direction I'm heading. I just know that my future will be in the culinary industry. ” 

    July 2022 spotlight