JJC President Presents State of the College Address to External Community

JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell presented the second annual State of the College address to community members, stakeholders and local legislators on Thursday, Aug. 10, sharing institutional initiatives and progress the college has made over the past year. 

“One of the reasons we established this event last year was to create a specific opportunity to share successes, challenges, and strategic initiatives with our external partners,” Dr. Mitchell said. “JJC’s success is truly dependent on our collaboration with each of you. Your investment and trust in us to deliver diverse, quality educational opportunities to our district is why we are still here successfully educating our community.”

In her presentation, Dr. Mitchell shared her four pillars of success that she unveiled at her inauguration earlier this year, and which she uses as a guide for leading the college: financial stability and a stable budget; academic programming to meet the needs of a diverse society; enrollment, growth, retention and student success; and community, legislative and philanthropic engagement.

Additional highlights Dr. Mitchell covered included:

  • JJC has achieved Hispanic Serving Institution status, as granted by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that more than 25 percent of the student population is Hispanic.
  • The college achieved its 45th consecutive annual budget.
  • Key community partnerships that have led to educational training programs such as the Advanced Integrated Maintenance program and Operations Engineering Technology program, both of which provide clear pathways to employment in local industries.
  • Key features of the FY18 budget, which include a $19 pre credit hour increase in tuition to cover deficits created by the state budget crisis; new personnel costs to support student success initiatives and facility maintenance for the opening of our new Event Center and Romeoville expansion; and a required grant fund match for the U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant to support student engagement, persistence and completion programs.
  • The completion of the Event Center, Romeoville Campus Expansion, and the City Center Campus, marking the end of several major Master Plan projects.

Dr. Mitchell closed by sharing with the college’s external partners an idea she has been sharing with faculty, staff and students since she became president: “To grow JJC, we must invest in JJC,” she said. “While most of higher ed is in survival mode, Joliet Junior College is truly poised for growth.”

To see the State of the College address, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_fda8HBgOw&feature=youtu.be


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