Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all fall 2020 lecture courses will be online only. Courses scheduled with a combination of lecture and lab should be delivered in a hybrid format, with the lecture portion online and the lab portion face-to-face. This is contingent upon the State's Restore Illinois mandate and achievement of the Phase 4 standard. Lab-only courses will be delivered face-to-face contingent upon the State's Restore Illinois mandate and achievement of the Phase 4 standard.*

*Disclaimer: This information is valid as of 7/18/20. Please check back for additional information or visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for the most up-to-date information.

Spring 2021 Classes

Spring semester begins the week of Jan. 18, 2021. Flex start classes begin Feb. 1, Feb. 16 and March 22.

SPRING SAVINGS: No Online Course Fees
All online course fees will be waived.*

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Financial Support

  • GEER Funding
    • IMPORTANT: The GEER Fund application is currently closed, but will reopen on Dec. 7. Please check back for updates.
    • The Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund supports students who have had expenses due to interrupted campus operations related to COVID-19. Eligible students include those who qualify for Title IV funds and are either underrepresented, low-income or first generation students. 
  • Student Emergency Funds 
    • Life comes with many challenges, and unexpected emergencies happen. JJC offers Student Emergency Funds to those students in need of tuition, food, travel, technology assistance due to an emergency situation.  
  • Free laptops
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Funds
    • Call (815) 280-1500 (Will County) or (815) 942-0566 (Grundy County) to see if you're eligible or to learn how to apply for funds.
    • WIOA provides career scholarships for tuition and books for those who are:
      • underpaid, under-trained or have been laid off
      • are unemployed or re-entering the workforce
      • are between the ages of 18-24 in need of education or training beyond high school

Enhanced Online Experience

After shifting 1,400 courses online in only two weeks during the Spring 2020 semester, it has been a priority to enhance and improve our online coursework as the college continues online coursework for the Fall 2020 semester.  

We asked our students for feedback, and this is what 850 shared. We heard you, and we have taken action on the following opportunities: 

  • Labs On-Campus: Many of the concerns you expressed pertain to a preference for holding “lab class” sessions on campus rather than online. We have implemented plans to offer lab classes only on campus with appropriate and required precautions.  
  • Faculty Training/Education: All faculty teaching online classes in the fall have taken an intensive training class from our Distance Education Department aimed at increasing their effectiveness in using the online format and at improving the overall quality of online classes. 
  • More Interaction Online: Of special focus is the need to provide more engagement with faculty and other students through use of online audio-visual class sessions and lectures. Any such presentations will be available in recorded format and accessible to all students.
  • Course Quality Review: Courses have undergone a very careful quality review by faculty experienced in online teaching. Those faculty are serving as mentors to their peers to improve the online academic experience.  
  • Unique Student Challenges: We recognize the unique challenges facing students as a result of enrollment in multiple online classes, including a range of additional assignments and increased due dates for submissions. Faculty are aware of how the conversion to more online education is impacting your ability to complete work in a timely and effective manner. 

Students have faced the unprecedented stresses and new realities with courage, determination and certainly a good dose of frustration. But you have not given up on your education. Neither have we. We pledge our continued and improved commitment to providing our understanding and support as you persist in your goals of a better life with greater opportunities. 

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