Congressman Hultgren Honors JJC’s 115th Year with Live Remarks from the U.S. House Floor

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a floor statement July 14 celebrating the 115th anniversary of Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first public community college.  Rep Hultgren speech

In his remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Hultgren said the 14th District of Illinois honored the college for its pivotal role in the advancement of higher education in America.

“Joliet Junior College inspired an entirely new model for higher education,” Hultgren said. “One that suited the needs of both the nation and its citizens, one that allowed both flexibility and quality, and one that continues to be urgently relevant today.

J. Stanley Brown, superintendent of Joliet Township High School, and William Rainey Harper, president of the University of Chicago, founded JJC in 1901 as an experimental postgraduate high school program. The college’s initial enrollment was six students; today, JJC serves 35,000 students in credit and noncredit courses annually.

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