Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Community reading program finale is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook.
Submitted by Plainfield School District 202: Plainfield-area community members are invited to witness a portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln’s last moments at the White House with his beloved wife, Mary Todd just before his assassination at the 2013 Great Read community literacy program’s Closing Gala at 7 p.m. May 2. Husband-and-wife actors Max and Donna Daniels will portray the 16th American president and Mary Todd Lincoln in a free program titled, “A Night at the Theater” at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Rd., Bolingbrook. Refreshments will be served. This year, the 2013 Great Read celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, made in 1863. Plainfield-area community members are …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Funds will help pay for medical costs for Kate Muller, a JJC freshman in the vet tech program.
Article submitted by Joliet Junior College: Families and their furry friends are invited to the Joliet Junior College Vet Tech Club dog wash and bake sale on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the B-Building on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Rd. in Joliet. Both human and canine treats will be available at the bake sale. Washes for small dogs (up to 20 pounds) are $15; medium dogs (21-49 pounds) are $20; and large dogs (50-100 pounds) are $25. Nail trims are $5. The wash will include a basic shampooing, blow dry, and perfume, according to Meghan Kamba and Andrea Turrisi, JJC facility managers and certified veterinarian technicians (CVTs). There will be no cutting or grooming, and no appointments will be taken – walk-ins only. …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The center has been a long-standing part of the Joliet-based school, but has consistently operated in the red for the last several years, officials said.
Joliet Junior College's Fitness Center lost nearly $300,000 in the past year, making its closure a possibility as administrators look for places to trim $1 million from the 2013-14 budget. The suggestion was presented at the JJC Board's workshop meeting Tuesday, along with proposals to evaluate the school's Renaissance Center and Child Care Center, both of which also operate in the red. This is not the first time the fitness center has been proposed for closure. The idea was broached more than a year ago, and impassioned pleas were made by staff and students to keep it open. Beyond that, an internal audit of the center was conducted last year and suggestions made on ways to make facility more efficient and economical, yet the deficit …
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Thursday, April 4
In response to Karen Sorensen’s article JJC May Shut Fitness Center to Help Close $1 Million Budget Deficit: What I have been saying for two years is now front and center. Building so many buildings so quickly, the annual budget of JJC cannot absorb the operating and maintenance costs without serious growing pains. Since 80 percent of the annual budget is staffing costs, when in trouble, that’s the easiest and among the only thing to cut. JJC has cut staff over the last year by attrition and by eliminating positions. That reduces services and programs. At the same time, a tuition increase is planned to pay for a new Multipurpose building, which primarily is to hold graduations-$21.55/credit hour increase if they did it all at once. …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sign up online for workshops, scheduled for April 23 and May 21.
The Village of Plainfield is partnering with Joliet Junior College and the Illinois Small Business Development Center to offer local businesses a boost with two free seminars. The seminars are: Both seminars will take place at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St. in downtown Plainfield. Registration is required, and enrollment is limited. To register, click here. You can also sign up to attend Patch's free "Main Street U" social media summit.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The event brought out a crowd, despite the swirling snow coming down outside.
The Joliet Junior College Health Professionals Center Building has been in use by students already, but the community was invited out to see the new building on Tuesday night. Trustees, elected officials, college staff and administration spoke at the event, praising the forward thinking of taxpayers who approved the $89 million referendum in 2008 that funded the construction of the HPC. In addition to having a LEED silver certification and providing one central location for nursing, fire science, radiological technology, CPR, EKG and Phlebotomy, the building also serves as a memorial for two people who helped begin the project, but passed away before the building was opened. Tracy Miser, a nursing instructor and Kimberly Crawford, …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The $47,000 "Deploy for Employ" grant provides money for outreach, recruitment, training, workshops and job placement.
This article was provided by Joliet Junior College, based in Joliet: The Joliet Junior College Workforce Development has been awarded $47,000 for a “Deploy to Employ” grant through the WalMart Foundation. The funds will be used for outreach and recruitment, job readiness and career counseling workshops, occupational training, and job placement assistance for veterans and their families. It will also provide them the opportunity to make use of the training and curriculum for basic employment skills, be assessed on those skills and receive the National Career Readiness (NCRC) Plus certification. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics from March 2012, in 2011, 21.6 million men and women in the civilian non-…
Friday, March 8, 2013
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Are you sick of your property being taxed-to-the-max and your local elected officials continuing the spending spree? On the heels of the $58M City Center project, the majority of the Joliet Junior College board is directing the administration to move forward with another new $45M building. The proposed building is referred to as the “Multipurpose” building. The primary use would be to hold graduation ceremonies. Currently JJC holds them at Lewis University because JJC doesn’t have a large enough indoor venue to hold all of the graduates, family, and friends who attend. But do they really need this? The University of Illinois doesn’t have a large enough venue either, so they hold multiple ceremonies on the same day. JJC could do this…
Monday, March 4, 2013
JJC culinary arts instructor Andy Chlebana led Team USA to a fourth-place finish.
A Joliet Junior College culinary arts instructor helped lead his team to victory at an international pastry competition in Lyon, France, earlier this year. Andy Chlebana lead Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. Facing off against 21 other teams, Team USA went into the competition with a goal of finishing in the top five, said Chlebana, who served as the team's captain. “This was the highest Team USA has finished in The Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in 8 years,” said Chlebana, of Plainfield. “We were pleased with our performance and happy to be in fourth. The goal was to be in the top five. This year was a tough year, the competition level was very high, but we did a great job representing the USA.” …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Michael Assaf had been battling cancer and passed away on Jan. 27.
Michael V. Assaf, III lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 27. The 38-year-old Minooka Community High School math teacher and wrestling coach was the father of four children. Back in November, Patch wrote about a 5K that had been organized to raise money for Assaf's family. "We want to help raise money to alleviate the stress," Jill Nehring, Assaf's co-worker at the high school, said in the November 2012 story. "Anytime somebody is in need, we try to come up with anything we can to help them." Dave DiLorenzo, director of community relations at MCHS, said the school declined to comment on Assaf's passing. The district did, however, alert the school community. “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Minooka Community High School must…