The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees approved a new lease at a new location for the college’s education center in Morris, Ill. Later this year, the college will be moving from its current location at 1715 North Division to Shabbona Middle School at 725 School Street. The new facility is scheduled to be open for fall 2016 classes.
The Morris Education Center currently serves approximately 300 students a year from the western portion of the college’s district, and in the new location, college officials hope to double that number over the next three years.
“Relocating our Morris Education Center to Shabbona Middle School is a win in every aspect,” said Director of Extended Campuses Marsha McCormick. “We will be more visible in the community, the close proximity to Grundy Area Vocational Center and Morris High School is a significant benefit for our dual credit students, and we will have larger, improved facilities at less of a cost than our current facility.”
College officials plan to offer a variety of courses that will cater to both adult and traditional age students, and as well as courses in the block format that many high school students are accustomed to. Additionally, there are plans to offer select certificate programs that students can complete entirely at the Morris location.
JJC will occupy approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of the facility, and will have a resource area for job seekers, tutoring/testing space, six classrooms, two computer labs, and space for Grundy Workforce Services.
Grundy Workforce Services, created through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant, provides employment strategy workshops, training and employment assistance and funds many job search resources for eligible youth, adults and dislocated workers. Since 2009, Grundy Workforce Services has assisted over 17,300 people with workforce development related needs.
“We’ve been serving our Grundy County area residents through the Morris Education Center since 2001, and now we’re looking forward to serving them even better,” said McCormick. ”We’ve been working closely with our partners in the area to identify the educational needs of the community, and we’re excited for what we will be able to offer the community at our new location.”