The Culinary Arts program at Joliet Junior College offers students a first-class education at one of the most highly respected culinary programs in the nation – and at one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world. The program recently moved to JJC’s brand new City Center Campus located in downtown Joliet, Ill. Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, students are trained in all aspects of the industry, including cooking methods, pastry and baking techniques, sanitation, management, product ID, purchasing, nutrition and cost controls. The Culinary Arts program is an accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission. The faculty is composed of full-time, multi-certified instructors who have won some of the most prestigious local, national and international awards, including World Culinary Olympics gold medals. They take learning beyond the classroom, leading student competition teams and supervising student culinary clubs. Students can also participate in special gourmet events and activities, including working in the program’s two restaurants. JJC students continually come out on top in culinary competitions against some of the best programs in America. Joliet Junior College is the nation’s first public community college, founded in 1901. Located in northeastern Illinois, JJC serves a district of 700,000 residents in a 1,442 sq.-mile area that covers parts of seven counties. The college has 184 degree and certificate programs with daytime, evening, weekend and online course offerings.