Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.74
Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Joliet Junior College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nick Sciaccotta
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
WTP/JJC Vocational Skills Partnership

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

When reflecting on Joliet Junior College’s commitment to sustainability as a whole, many things come to mind. There are obvious signs of JJC’s commitment throughout the campus; the numerous recycle bins (environmental) as well as the many programs, services, and activities for the general student population (social and economic). JJC’s commitment is more extensive and incorporates an easily over looked population: individuals with disabilities. JJC’s sustainability also includes programs supporting individuals with disabilities. JJC has as very active program (S.T.A.R) to serve the JJC students in their standard classes. The college also hosts a yearly conference for individuals with disabilities and their families, offers zero level classes for students who are not able or ready to take creditable classes, and partners with Plainfield School District and Romeoville School District to offer vocational training for students with disabilities.

The Work Training Partnership (WTP) between Plainfield District # 202 and Joliet Junior College, launched in February 2002, teaches vocational skills to students with disabilities ages between the ages of 16-22. The program has grown from 5 students to approximately 50 students each year. The population served includes any student with a disability who has the basic pre-skills needed to classify him or her as having the potential of becoming community employed and who has not yet developed the skills needed to secure and maintain community employment. The “Win-Win” phrase has always been used to describe the partnership. JJC department participation has always been voluntary and the jobs available provide the students with a meaningful learning experience. This respectful approach has been at the core of our success.

The importance and value of WTP as well as all other programs supporting individuals with disabilities offered by JJC may not be apparent to the typical individual, however, when reviewing the employment and unemployment rates by groups, historically the rate of unemployment is significantly higher among individuals with disabilities. Reflecting on the programs noted above, it is evident that Joliet Junior College is committed to decreasing the gap between individuals with disabilities and the general population - and this enhances our approach to holistic sustainability.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Student Retention Rates: 97%. Measured by student program progression until such time that the student is either no longer eligible for financial aid or are ready for community job placement services.

Student Completion Rates are measured by meeting individual education plan (IEP). Due to the confidential nature of IEP, specific goals, action plans and completions cannot be shared.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate ---
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Dining Services ---
Energy ---
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
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Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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