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New Joliet Junior College partnerships make earning a bachelor's degree easier

Local college students have more opportunities to earn a bachelor's degree without having to relocate thanks to Joliet Junior College's university center.

JJC said its university center provides a local, convenient and cost-effective option for students who want to earn a degree while taking classes at its Romeoville campus.

Jeanette Konieczka, JJC's manager of adult pathways and university partnerships, said this program is geared toward helping adult students who might need help finishing their degree. Although, she added, younger students can take advantage of the program too.

"In many cases people are very geographically bound," she said.

The partnerships are also meant to help students save money. Students will take three years of classes as JJC students at the college's tuition rates. During their fourth year, they take classes under instructors from the partner universities who travel to JJC's Romeoville campus to teach, which allows them to graduate from that university.

Between reduced tuition and relocation costs, Konieczka said this effort could result in "significant savings."

So far, JJC has formed partnerships with Eastern Illinois University, Franklin University, Governor's State University, National Louis University and Southern Illinois University. Each partner university offers its own set of degree programs through the university partnership.

Konieczka said she plans on adding more partnerships with other universities in the near future. The first cohort already includes 75 students signed up for next school year.

She added that students in this program will also be able to take advantage of all of JJC's counseling services and services from the partner universities as their employees will hold office hours throughout the semester.

"This population is very unique because we need to make sure they’re staying on the right path," Konieczka said.

For more information on JJC's university center, call 815-280-7767 or email UniversityPartnerships@jjc.edu.

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