JJC Honored with Partnership Award from Grundy Economic Development Council

Joliet Junior College was honored with the GEDC Partnership Award from the Grundy Economic Development Council earlier in March, which recognized the success of the college’s Operations Engineering Technology program.  

“On behalf of Joliet Junior College and our Board of Trustees, I cannot thank you enough for awarding our institution with the GEDC Partnership Award,” said JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell when she accepted the award. “Know that the assistance we provide to you through workforce readiness and the summer internship program could not happen without the collaborative efforts between our dedicated faculty and staff, and more importantly your community.”

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The OET program was developed in 2015 as a result of college representatives collaborating with several Grundy area employers and stakeholders, in addition to State Senator Sue Rezin, to address the need for a college training program that would give students the very specific skills needed to be successful in careers in the petrochemical, nuclear and manufacturing industry.

With anticipated industry growth and an increasing number of retirees in coming years, many openings for well-paying, stable jobs are expected at energy and manufacturing companies.

The first cohort of the OET program will graduate this May, and those 13 students are all headed for internships with industry partners LyondellBasell, Aux Sable and Exelon.

The OET program was developed as a result of collaboration with Exelon, Aux Sable Liquid Products and LyondellBasell; stakeholders including Grundy Area Vocational Center, Coal City School District, Grundy Economic Development Council, and Senator Sue Rezin; and the hard work of JJC staff and faculty members Amy Murphy, Greg Pakieser, Caroline Portlock, Sarah Hintze, Griselda Martinez, and Jennifer Doyle.

For more information about the OET program, visit: http://www.jjc.edu/operations-engineering-tech/Pages/default.aspx

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